Primetime Preview: Rio Tinto Stadium’s Debut

Primetime Preview: Rio Tinto Stadium’s Debut

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 9, 2008
  • Game Predictions, Game Previews, MLS Cup Playoffs, MLS Primetime Thursday, Playoff Push, Rio Tinto Stadium

Its all sold out for tonight’s opener at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. It couldn’t be a bigger night to debut the league’s seventh soccer specific stadium too as Real Salt Lake and New York Red Bulls are eager to grab three points in their current playoff push.

Stadium openings usually mean one thing: crazy games. Most games don’t go down as 1-0 or anything of that nature. They are usually 3-3 or 2-2 and when you throw the history of RSL and New York in the mix it is assured to be even crazier.

RSL needs three points to help assure their place in this year’s MLS Cup Playoffs. In doing so they will have to beat a club they’ve never beaten before in New York. Its not that the Red Bulls have owned RSL in the previous seven meetings between the two clubs, its just been both have found weird ways to draw even with one another five out of the seven times.

I see that happening tonight. Both will be missing a couple key players which should make this just as even as always. Recent stadium openings haven’t gone well for the home side but I think RSL will get a point out of this. I see another draw really is what I am saying. Its kind of like RSL winning consistently on the road, until they do it I won’t pick them to do so. Same goes against the Red Bulls.

A lot is at stake but I see it being another wild one. Plus I am honestly not that thrilled with the way either club’s defense has been as of late.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, NY 2