Real Salt Lake will host game two of the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) quarterfinal series against Tigres U.A.N.L on Wednesday, and they need to win.
The Royals will need to break through in the second leg and drop a few goals against the Liga MX powerhouse club on Wednesday. Anything short then a 2-0 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium and RSL is out of the CCL.
In game one Tigres was not able to break through RSL stingy defense until the second half. In the final 45 minutes, they secured the victory by scoring two goals and leaving the Major League Soccer (MLS) club scoreless in the process.
What Both Clubs Have Td Do To Advance
Now Tigres heads to Utah with a 2-0 lead in the aggregate. If they manage to score a goal at the Rio Tinto Stadium, then RSL chances of advancing to the semifinals drops dramatically.
If the Mexican club scores, then the Royals have to win by three goals. The game cannot end 3-1 or else Tigres will move on to the next round due to their away goal. That being said, if Salt Lake ends regulation with a 2-0 lead, then the match goes into overtime or possibly penalties to determine the victor.
For the MLS club to be on the safe side they will need to win the match by three goals or more, for insurance. Regardless, that this match is in the states whenever an American club faces a Mexican team the match always proves to be difficult and tricky for them. In the CCL era, only twice has an MLS club beat a Liga MX side in the knockout round.
Time For Real Salt Lake Offense To Step Up
So if they want to make it a third time, players like Yura Movsisyan, Joao Plata, Javier Morales and Juan Manuel Martínez will need to step up. They need to challenge the defense and the goalkeeper constantly.
Their relentless effort has to force the Tigres midfield to bunker in and not go on the offensive. By doing that it will relief the pressure off Kyle Beckerman and the defense, in result they will be able to get involved in the attack as well.
However, the biggest help for RSL in this crucial match might come from Tigres. According to the FSI broadcasting team during D.C. United and Querétaro F.C. 1-1 game on Tuesday night, rumors have begun to surface that the historic Mexican club is not going to bring the strongest available team to Rio Tinto Stadium. The club will bring mostly young players to the decisive second match. If that happens then the Royals must capitalize on that opportunity and pressure the youngsters.
If that occurs then RSL might not have to face the likes of: André-Pierre Gignac, Rafael Sóbis. Javier Aquino, Fernando Fernández and maybe more regular starters. That will increase the Royals chance of advancing. The home club still has to be wary of the Mexican club counter. However, if there is no truth to this rumor and Tigres brings their A squad then Real will most likely be exiting the CCL in the quarterfinals.