Subbed for Buddha, aka James Edward, this morning and went to RSL’s training session at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Before writing my game advance that will run in tomorrow morning’s paper, I thought I’d pass along a couple of tidbits:
‘ Going into tomorrow night’s contest against expansion-side San Jose, the big tactical question has to be, will coach Jason Kreis stick with the 4-5-1 formation that helped yield Salt Lake’s huge 1-0 win at Chivas last Saturday, or will he revert to a 4-4-2?
With Andy Williams still away with Jamaica through the second leg of its World Cup qualifier with the Bahamas on Wednesday ‘ apparently the 7-0 lead the Jamaicans piled up in the first leg wasn’t enough for them to release Williams back to RSL early ‘ expect Salt Lake to field the same Starting 11 that it employed against Chivas.
But the golden question is, will Robbie Findley remain in a wide position as he did against Chivas, or will the red-hot striker move back up top and partner Kenny Deuchar in a 4-4-2?
When asked about what formation he would employ, Kreis simply said, ‘Stay tuned.’
Clearly, the move paid dividends against Chivas and helped Salt Lake better occupy the wide areas that killed them in away games earlier this season. Coming back to the narrower confines of Rice-Eccles Stadium, however, I’d be surprised if RSL doesn’t go back to a 4-4-2. Salt Lake has looked comfortable with that formation whenever it’s played inside RES, and I see no reason why Kreis wouldn’t stick his two strikers in high positions, provide them with what has been improved service by the midfielders and try to take out San Jose early.
‘ Injury-wise, Nate Sturgis, who has been suffering from a hamstring problem for some time, has unsurprisingly been listed as being ‘Out’ for tomorrow night, while strikers Fabian Espindola and Yura Movsisyan are listed as ‘Questionable’.
Of Espindola, Kreis said, ‘He’s moving forward but he’s not ready yet.’
Of Sturgis, Kreis said, ‘He’s taken small steps forward, too, but he’s nowhere near ready yet.’
RSL’s coach wasn’t asked directly about Movsisyan, but don’t expect him to feature at all tomorrow, either.