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RSL ready for match against 2005 expansion partner Chivas USA

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake will begin a three-game home stand on Saturday, when it will host Western Conference foe Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Saturday’s match will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on CW30, ESPN700 AM and 102.3 La Gran D/1600 AM. CW30 will air its 30-minute Ford Postgame Show immediately following the match; ESPN 700 will begin its pregame coverage at 6:00 p.m. MT and will air an hour-long postgame show immediately following the final whistle.

RSL is again dealing with injuries as it heads into Saturday’s match. MF Cole Grossman (Concussion) remains out, while Captain Kyle Beckerman (Rib dislocation), FW Robbie Findley (L adductor strain) and MF Sebastian Velasquez (R hand fracture) are all questionable for the game.

It’s not all bad news, however, as a number of Real Salt Lake players have been taken off the injury report for Saturday’s game. FW Alvaro Saborio (R knee swelling), FW Joao Plata (R hamstring strain), MF Javier Morales (R knee menisectomy), MF David Viana (R quad strain), MF Khari Stephenson (L knee sprain), DF Chris Wingert (R foot fracture), DF Rich Balchan (L groin strain) and DF Carlos Salcedo (concussion) are all healthy and available for selection on Saturday after being listed as questionable last weekend.

Real Salt Lake went 2-1-0 against Chivas USA last year, falling to the Southern California side 1-0 at home on March 24 before beating them at the Home Depot Center 3-0 on June 16 and 4-0 on Sept. 29. Saborio starred in the Sept. 29 victory, notching a hat trick – his second of 2012 – in just 74 minutes of action in the 4-0 win.

Widely predicted to struggle this season, Chivas has surprised many with its solid 3-2-1 start under first-year coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. Sanchez Sola – more commonly known as “Chelis” – and his Chivas USA charges lost their last match, falling 1-0 at home to the Colorado Rapids last Saturday.