Oct 5, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT
With attendance records about to be smashed to bits up in Seattle …
With the NBC cameras trained on Red Bull Arena for a clash of second-place and third-place …
With FC Dallas as desperate as it possibly can be for a win (and nothing but a win) that will keep the Texans in the playoff hunt …
With San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski looking to tie off the 2012 Golden Boot once and for all …
With all that and more … It’s oddly easy to lose sight of one MLS match out West between two of the higher quality teams of the moment. It’s especially odd considering two of the league’s most familiar faces are involved in David Beckham (pictured) and Landon Donovan.
The Galaxy hosts Real Salt Lake in one of the late kickoffs tomorrow. Thing is, both of these teams have been on fairly sound footing, playoff-wise, for a while now. And since San Jose has safely held distance on the peloton, there’s not a lot of Supporters Shield or conference crown drama from the left side of the map.
So, this one has flown slightly under the radar.
But that does not mean this isn’t a quality contest (9 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network). These teams have one loss between them in their last 15 matches in all competitions (a combined record of 11-1-3 since mid-September.)
The latest news on this one: Swedish winger Christian Wilhelmsson could be available. The recently signed European vet needs games for optimum sharpness and familiarity, with the league ways and with his teammates’ tendencies, that is.
From Real Salt Lake’s side, players and manager Jason Kreis are still buzzing about Alvaro Saborio’s hat trick last week in a showy win over Chivas USA:
[His form has] been spectacular really. The whole year, it’s been pretty consistent that he’s been scoring goals. I think he may have had one patch toward the beginning [of the season] where he hadn’t scored a goal in a while, but other than that, he’s been our go-to guy. If we have any chances to succeed we are going to need him to continue that.”
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