We’re about an hour away from kickoff here at Crew Stadium for the Real Salt Lake at Columbus match, and the rain is coming. It’s not here yet, but a torrential down pour is expected at some point tonight which should make for a very, very slick playing surface.
Neither Robbie Findley nor Javier Morales will start tonight, but both are available and will likely enter the match at some point as a substitute.
There is only one change from the starting 11 that took the field against the Los Angeles Galaxy last week, but it’s a pretty significant one. Rookie Collen Warner will start in place of Nelson Gonzalez as he makes his first MLS start.
Warner played his college soccer at Portland, so he should feel right at home on the wet field tonight.
Here’s a look at RSL’s starting 11: Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Robbie Russell, Kyle Beckerman, Collen Warner, Andy Williams, Will Johnson, Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio.