Just over four days from now Rio Tinto Stadium will be filling in anticipation of Real Salt Lake’s bid to beat the New York Red Bulls and advance to the 2008 MLS Cup.
Over the next few days, more and more stories from around the country will be coming in about RSL, but here’s a quick look at what some have already been saying about Real Salt Lake’s run to the Western Conference finals of the MLS Cup:
– Pat Walsh of Goal.com argues that the parity-filled MLS postseason is a good thing for the league because it gives MLS squads hope for the future and because it produces more drama, in his opinion, than the English Premier League. Walsh also notes the importance of Javier Morales to RSL’s season and points out that few outside of Salt Lake’s locker-room believed in the team before the 2008 season started.
– Greg Daurio of 90:00 Soccer also highlights the parity of this year’s MLS playoffs. Additionally, he points out that the awards stage outside of Dave Checketts’ owner box could be used on Saturday to present the Western Conference championship trophy to Salt Lake.
– Ive Galarcep of SoccerByIves.net hasn’t broken down the RSL-New York match in-depth yet on his blog, but his early take after New York stunned Houston on Sunday is that both MLS Conference finals feature evenly-matched teams.
– By far the most-read story today involving Real Salt Lake was this heart-felt feature on Andy Williams and his wife, Marcia, in today’s New York Times. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s a must-read.