Carlos Hernandez of Guatemalas Municipal, left, controls the ball against Kyle Beckerman of USAs Real Salt Lake during a CONCACAF Champions League match in Guatemala City, Tuesday, August 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
After last weekend’s disaster of a weather-induced match postponement and a delayed flight home from D.C., RSL has yet again made the trip back east. This time they’ve crossed the border to land in Montreal.
“You just have to be used to it, and if you’re not you have to adapt quickly,” captain Kyle Beckerman said of travel in MLS. “It’s tough, it is. If you just take out the soccer part and just put in the travel, you’re going to be tired. So you’ve got to do the right things and just get it out of your mind ad be ready to play.”
“The traveling is the hardest part for the players from Europe coming to MLS, that’s for sure,” said Albert Rusnák, who transferred to RSL from the Dutch club FC Groningen in January. “I think the recovery is a big part with traveling so much and playing games on the road. You have to look out for your body in between the games.”
“Things like travel, weather, referees, whatever, they’re uncontrollable,” coach Mike Petke said. “If they were controllable we’d have a better flight pattern than we have on Thursday, without a layover and a full day [of travel].”
“All that put together should physically make them prepared for this game, and then it’s a mentality thing,” Petke said. “I think they have a strong mentality. They proved that in D.C. after all that went on there, and now it’s just about the next game.”
After facing the Montreal Impact at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the remainder of RSL’s regular season road games will be in the west.
Real Salt Lake at Montreal ImpactAt Saputo Stadium, MontrealKickoff » 5:30 p.m.TV » KMYURadio »700 AMRecords » RSL 8-12-5, MTL 9-8-6Last meeting » 1-1 draw (July 9, 2016 at Rio Tinto Stadium)About the Impact » The Impact enter the match on a three-game winning streak. …. Ignacio Piatti has scored four goals in his last three appearances. …Montreal’s recent winning streak moved it up to seventh in the Eastern Conference. … Defender Ambroise Oyongo remains out with a season-ending knee surgery. … Midfielders Marco Donadel and Hernan Bernardello are questionable for the match.About RSL » RSL is on a six-match unbeaten streak in three away and three home games. …. RSL has never won at Montreal (0-2-0) but is even with the Impact in the all-time series (2-2-1). … RSL’s Jordan Allen, Omar Holness and Chad Barrett remain out (knee surgeries). …Matt Van Oekel (ankle) and Demar Phillips (hamstring) will be sidelined with injuries.