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Real salt lake host Houston Dynamo at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday to stay in the top seven in the MLS Western Conference.
Freddy JuarezThe team is currently one point ahead of Los Angeles FC, who are in eighth place, while Houston is five points behind to reduce their chances of making it to the national playoffs.
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Salt Lake needed a win last time around after two straight defeats to Los Angeles Galaxy and Portland Timbers, and the team earned three points from a goal in the first half of Bobby Wood.
The home side would have rightly expected to beat Austin FC by a bigger margin as they scored eight shots on goal that game and Salt Lake played against 10 men for much of the second half.
In the end, it didn’t matter that the Juarez team only won the game 1-0, because the three points were the most important thing to get the team back into the top 7 position.
The kind of game that can be expected from Real Salt Lake when they are not in possession of the ball is to keep their opponent at bay, as they have won the ball the least on the MLS teams in the last third of their opponents this season.
In contrast, Houston is more likely to push Salt Lake high up but that hasn’t helped Dynamo hold many goals this season as the teams have found it easy to break into their defenses.
So much so that in her last three outings Ramos tab‘s team conceded eight goals and lost all of those games in the end.
On Sunday, Houston may have proven why it won’t make it into the top 7 after losing 3-1 to Colorado Rapids this season, despite having scored 10 shots on goal in that game.
Dynamo have not been efficient with their chances and that shows why the team have only won three games this season, but Ramos will not allow his team to give up this season as a series of positive results could see the team climb the table the Western Conference climbed.
Houston last faced Salt Lake earlier this month when the teams played a goalless draw in Texas.
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Salt Lakes number one goalkeeper David Ochoa sustained a muscle injury in early August and Zac MacMath has started in the last four games in Ochoa’s absence.
Andrew Brody hasn’t played for Salt Lake since July 4th and broke his toe at the end of the month, meaning he will be on sideline until the end of September.
Juarez made several changes to his starting line-up for the Austin game and the manager is expected to call the same 11 from last time after getting back to winning ways.
attacker Tyler Pasher Thursday’s game against Salt Lake is questionable after injuring himself late last week, but Ramos is looking to get the 27-year-old fit for this week as he has scored six goals in ten games this season.
midfield player Darwin Ceren received a red card against Austin two weeks ago and will serve his final suspension on Thursday Derrick Jones come to the middle of the park in his absence.
Winger Carlos Quintero won’t appear for Houston either after testing positive for coronavirus, but his absence will have less of an impact as he hasn’t made any of his nine appearances this season.
Real Salt Lake possible starting line-up:
MacMath; Morgan, Datkovic, Silva, Herrera; Meram, Kreilach, Everton, Menendez; Rusnack, wood
Houston Dynamo possible starting line-up:
Maric; Figueroa, Hadebe, Parker, Dorsey; Junqua, Carrasquilla, Jones, Vera, Picault; Urruti
Probability: Real Salt Lake 2-0 Houston Dynamo
Salt Lake will be keen to build on their last time victory against Austin and it seems like a good chance for another three points to fight another team that are at the bottom of the table.
Houston’s confidence will be low as he hasn’t won since the end of May and there has been nothing in recent appearances to suggest that her fortunes will change anytime soon.
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