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LAG confidential Apr 23, 2016

LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS

Still carrying the momentum from last week's 4-1 road victory over the Houston Dynamo, the LA Galaxy receive a visit from the undefeated Real Salt Lake at StubHub Center on Saturday. For once, the injury news comes from the other side as Real Salt Lake winger Joao Plata will be unavailable after picking up a hip injury during training. Plata has been a huge presence for Real Salt Lake's offense, adding four goals and three assists in their first six games of the season. However, Jeff Cassar won't be any short on attacking talent, with former Boca Juniors man Juan Manuel "Burrito" Martinez...
RSL Soapbox Apr 21, 2016

Plata's out, so what's RSL to do? Three options to replace the forward

Real Salt Lake will have to go another match without a key player — but this time, it's Joao Plata, who suffered a hip injury in training yesterday. Today, Salt Lake Tribune's Chris Kamrani reported that Plata is set to miss seven to ten days with that injury. That definitely means he'll miss Saturday's game, which could be a stern test for RSL. That test is made only sterner by the absence of Plata, who has started all six matches this season for RSL, and playing 90 minutes in all but two of those. His return to full fitness for 2016 has heralded a return to form and improvement for Salt...
RSL Soapbox Apr 13, 2016

RSL Fantasy Scout, Week 6: Plata continues dominance

Joao Plata continues to dominate teams — and fantasy points. It’s an early game week for MLS Fantasy Soccer in week 6 – make sure you’ve made your picks by game time at 6:30 Mountain time this evening. This week is the first big double game week of the season, with Colorado, Dallas, New York Red Bulls, Portland, San Jose, and Sporting KC all playing twice this week. This past week was another pretty interesting set of games, in particular with Orlando dropping points (making RSL the last unbeaten team) and D.C. hammering Vancouver at RFK stadium. This week’s top Fantasy points...
RSL Soapbox Apr 10, 2016

In praise of Nick Rimando after his game-winning performance over Colorado Rapids

The first chapter of the 2016 Rocky Mountain campaign is in the books, and Real Salt Lake added three points to their account. While the attacking front three played great, and Joao Plata's goal was a beautiful example of the kind of disruption he creates with opposing defenses, this game was more about the goals that RSL didn't let in. Nick Rimando showed us again why he is the greatest goal keeper this league he has ever seen. His performance was on point throughout the game. His decision making on coming off his line or staying big in the box was the difference maker in the game against...

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