Rocky Mountain Cup leg number two is upon us! To celebrate the occasion, we swapped some questions with Randal from RSL Soapbox to see how our rivals over to the West were doing. We talk ties, attacking players and Jeff Cassar down below. You can also head over to RSL Soapbox to see my answers to their Rapids-centric questions.
BW: What's struck me most about this RSL team compared to those in the past is the number of draws that we've seen. Why is this squad more draw-happy than we're used to?
RSLS: It's a great question that I think the fans as well as the coaching staff and players are asking themselves. Many fans will tell you that RSL gets a lead and then gets too comfortable and stops their attack-minded play. The coaching staff (at least publicly) will tell you that there have been some unlucky bounces or calls but that the effort and performance has generally been there. I think there is truth to both of those explanations. My opinion is that missing Saborio takes away a few goals that we would normally score. RSL is somewhere in the middle of the league as far as goals scored go. In years past they have been right at the top. That tells you something about the value of Alvaro Saborio.
BW: Other than Plata and the other usual suspects, are there any other players we should watch for from the RSL attack on Saturday?
RSLS: Robbie Findley is on the precipice of opening his scoring account this season after a long layoff due to injury. He is starting to look much more confident and like him old self after a few games under his belt. Olmes Garcia put in a couple goals the other night and looks much more confident in the attack. Numbers don't like, however, and the next threat after Plata in the goal-scoring department is Luke Mulholland who is new to RSL as of this season.
BW: I asked you this last time we met, but it's a bit farther into the season now. Even though the general team philosophy has not changed much, have there been any changes to the team's strengths, weaknesses, style etc. with Jeff Cassar as head coach?
RSLS: I don't see changes in style. Frankly, everything is much the same as it was before. Cassar does not wear his emotions on his sleeve like Kreis did, rather, he is much more upbeat and keeps a positive attitude about performances and the prospect of the "next game." There have been more ties this season than RSL fans are used to, but I don't think it has much to do with Cassar, but a variety of other factors.