Ten Things To Know: Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Our Rapids play-by-play announcer, Richard Fleming, is renowned for being detailed in his preparation when calling MLS games, and he is offering us a little insight into some of his pregame notes.

Find below, some things you may find useful ahead of this weekend's trek across the Rockies to tackle Real Salt Lake. We have coverage on Altitude and AltitudeNOW from 7.00pm this Saturday.

  1. The Colorado Rapids are without a win in the previous seven meetings with Real Salt Lake (0-6-1) and have been outscored 22-5 in the process.
  2. Denver-born Collen Warner made his third start for the Rapids on Wednesday but his first at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park. His MLS career began at RSL in 2010.
  3. Since last lifting the Rocky Mountain Cup in 2015, the Rapids have gone 2-10-1 against RSL.
  4. Drew Moor (2005), Clint Irwin (2013), Diego Rubio (2016), and Jeremy Kelly (2020) all made their MLS debut against Real Salt Lake. Lalas Abubakar’s first game for the Rapids was against RSL (2019).
  5. Irwin’s first of a club record 26 shutouts came against RSL on April 6, 2013. (Irwin, meanwhile, sits on 99 starts for the Rapids).
  6. The Rapids’ overall record with Real Salt Lake is 13-23-11, which includes a 3-14-6 run in Utah. Their last win in Utah came on April 30, 2007 when goals from Roberto Brown and Kyle Beckerman gave the Rapids a 2-0 victory at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
  7. RSL has played at Rio Tinto Stadium since 2009. The Rapids’ record there is 0-11-5.
  8. No Rapids player has ever scored more than one goal in a game against Real Salt Lake.
  9. When Dillon Serna scored in the 88th minute at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 21, 2018 for a 2-2 tie, it was the first time the Rapids had scored more than one goal in a game in Utah since their victory at Rice-Eccles 11 years earlier.
  10. For the first time since March 7, the Rapids will play an MLS game in front of a crowd. RSL is one of a handful of teams allowing a percentage of fans into their stadium. On Wednesday, their 3-0 home win over LAFC had an attendance of 4,147.