Founded in 2004, Real Salt Lake first competed in the MLS during the 2005 season. They finished fifth in the Western Conference that season before two consecutive sixth places. In 2008, Salt Lake finished third and qualified for the playoffs, managing to navigate their way to semi-finals. The following year, Salt Lake slipped to fifth place but still qualified for the playoffs. Salt Lake went all the way to win the 2009 MLS Cup, drawing 1-1 with LA Galaxy before winning 5-4 on penalties; Robbie Russell scored the decisive penalty.
Over the next five seasons, Salt Lake finished second three times and third once, before the wheels fell off and they slumped to ninth place (16th overall) in 2015.
Last season, the “Claret and Cobalt” improved to finish in seventh place but they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, after penalties.
If Salt Lake can somehow find a formula to play on the road as they do at home, they could be a successful team. Pablo Mastroeni, the head coach, has created a team who are notoriously difficult to beat at home, but only 3 wins in 17 regular season games on the road in 2022 seriously held his side back.
Real Salt Lake next game
Take a look at who Real Salt Lake play next and pay particular attention to where the game is being played. Salt Lake struggle on their travels but excel at home.
Real Salt Lake regular season schedule
There is a saying in soccer that states a team is only as good as their last game, so it pays to studying the full Real Salt Lake regular season schedule.
Real Salt Lake standings
Real Salt Lake finished in seventh place in 2022 and moved on to the playoffs. They then lost in the First Round of the playoffs against Austin FC by penalties, 3-1.
Real Salt Lake Betting Tips
In 2016, Salt Lake finished with a 9-5-3 home record. Salt Lake scored 53 goals and also conceded 53 in total. On the road, Salt Lake went 3-6-8.
Real Salt Lake is aiming to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive year in 2023. Under the leadership of Pablo Mastroeni, they have established themselves as a formidable team that's difficult to overcome. Looking at RSL's track record, it's evident that they have the ability to pull off upsets and grind out results. This could make them a good outside choice for those interested in betting on MLS matches this season.
Eleven of Salt Lake’s away games triggered the over 2.5 goals betting market so it's worth putting a wager on down when they're on their travels. Pay attention to their early season away form in case they manage to shore up their porous defense.