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Downstream Game 10: Away to Real Salt Lake

30% of our games this season have against our archrivals.

Real Salt Lake v Colorado Rapids - MLS Is Back Tournament Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Real Salt Lake Stats

2020 Record: 3-2-5 W-L-T, 7th in the Western Conference

Goals For: 16

Goals Against: 14

MLS Is Back: Lost to San Jose Earthquakes in the first round of playoffs

Last Result: Beat a struggling LAFC 3-0 on the road

I don’t want to be writing this. Like I really, really don’t want to be doing this. For the love of all that is holy, we’re playing RSL for the third time this season. The third time in 10 games. 30% of our games have against our archrivals. The ones from whom we haven’t even gotten a point against in years.

In their first meeting at the MLS is Back Tournament, the Rapids lost 2-0. Second time, Colorado lost 4-1 at home. Now, we are going into the belly of the beast, where the Burgundy Boys have never won. Getting a tie in and of itself would be a blessing since the Rocky Mountain Cup is essentially out of reach for yet another year. We have yet to get a win since the restart—seven games without a win. Yes, we’ve had some unlucky results and yes, we often had to settle for a point instead of three. Against RSL, things always look bleak, and sadly things don’t seem like they are likely to change for this match.

RSL’s field team hasn’t changed a bit since we last played them; however, their soon-to-be-ex owner has been forced to sell the club after his racist comments about the players. While I hate to see RSL be a good team, I hate racists way more. Good riddance to Dell Loy Hansen and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Or do. Actually, let us slam it into you a few dozen times. Serves you right.

Normally, I try to be a little bit more optimistic. Teams can always surprise you, after all. Who would have thought that the Seattle Sounders would thrash San Jose 7-1 in a mid-week game? Who would have thought that despite all of our problems this season, we still have more points than six other teams? But, no. Optimism doesn’t apply against RSL. It is high time the Rapids got back to winning, but RSL is possibly the least likely team in the league for us to get a victory against.

I’m mad. I’m frustrated. I’m disappointed. I can’t even watch my favorite team because of the situation with Altitude. I’ve been hopeful all year, and the team isn’t even in such an abysmal situation, a la the Hudson era or even the 2017 Pablo era. We have talented players and a good coach, so I don’t think that the on-field product is so much the problem. But good god, if we want to make playoffs, we need to start winning and not settling for ties; and sadly, the number of games for us to do so are dwindling.