- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 13, 2011
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- 2011 Supporter's Shield, Supporter's Shield
In a small way the headline sort of speaks for itself. Real Salt Lake wants to and is planning on winning the Supporter’s Shield trophy by the middle of the season this year. A very bold prediction by their star players in that article but one that can probably be achieved.
RSL noticed the blueprint the LA Galaxy set out in front of them from a year ago when the Galaxy began the season 10-0-2 and held on to that lead for the rest of the season. Sure, LA found themselves fighting for it at the end of the season but it was that hot start that really set the Galaxy apart from the rest of the league last year.
“I think we learned with L.A. getting out to such a great start in the beginning of the season, you can win that Supporters Shield in the first half of the season,” Kyle Beckerman said. “We weren’t able to catch them. We’re now like really concentrating even more to get as many wins in the beginning half of the season just like L.A. did, to see if we can get out to a big lead and maybe you can win it in the first half of the season.”
RSL hopes to do the very same in 2011 and are already off to a club best start of 3-0-0.
With only two more CCL games left on tap for them, RSL won’t have as busy of a summer or fall this year as well. At the very most they’ll have a couple extra US Open Cup games (I wouldn’t sleep on them winning it all this year too by the way), and while their season schedule may get a little trickier down the path, we know this club is very capable of doing very well even with reserves on the pitch for a game or two.
RSL goes into tonight’s Rocky Mountain Cup match against the Colorado Rapids with a slight upper hand. Colorado got hammered in their first true test of the season last week in Dallas and will still be without Pablo Mastroeni and Conor Casey for tonight’s game. RSL hasn’t lost to Colorado in their last four meetings too.
Like the article linked above said, as long as RSL takes care of their business they’ll probably wrap things up just as quickly as LA nearly did a season ago. It is just a shame that as good as RSL is here they are on national TV very little this season. Out of the 21 ESPN broadcasts, the Claret-and-Cobalt will only been seen twice. That is a shame if you ask me. Such a quality team deserves better.