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RSL back to training for MLS Cup

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - After a few days off to rest and enjoy their Western Conference title, Real Salt Lake was back on the practice field training for the MLS Cup in ten days.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - After a few days to rest and enjoy their Western Conference title, Real Salt Lake was back on the practice field Wednesday training for the MLS Cup in ten days. Needless to say, nothing needs to be said to motivate the team.

"I don't think so," said head coach Jason Kreis. "If there is any motivating that's going to have to happen, the thought is how do we keep everybody loose and calm."

"You don't get these finals often in your career," said goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who will be going after his second MLS Cup title. "You don't know when the next final is going to be. So, you have to take advantage of it, and there are a lot of guys hungry to get a title."

Even though Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City played just once this season, a 2-1 victory by SKC at Rio Tinto Stadium, it was a penalty-filled, physical match. You could tell a rivalry is building between these two similarly built teams with contrasting styles. 

"They bring out the best in us in terms of our competitive nature," said defender Nat Borchers. "They match up physically with us and want to play that way."

RSL still hopes leading scorer Alvaro Saborio can return from a leg injury, and defender Chris Wingert is staying home for the Thanksgiving holiday to get back into shape after suffering broken ribs and a collapsed lung against Portland.

"The team knows that I'm dying to be out there," Wingert said. "You only get a few times in your life, hopefully, to play in a championship game. So, I'm going to do everything I can to prepare to play."

This isn't going to be a normal neutral site championship game. The MLS Cup Final will be played at the home of Sporting Kansas City with rougly 95 percent of the crowd cheering against RSL. But that's fine with them.

"Those games when we go into Seattle, Portland, L.A., those hostile environments with massive crowds and you can tell they all hate us," said Borchers. "But I think we really enjoy it."

"I like it," admitted Rimando. "It gives me extra pleasure when we shut them up."

RSL and Sporting Kansas City play for the MLS Cup December 7th at 2:00 p.m. mountain time.


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