RSL is one win away from its second MLS Cup title in five years when they take on Sporting Kansas City Saturday afternoon, but the team isn't buckling under the significance of this game.
"We approach games the same way," said defender Tony Beltran. "Whether it's a regular season game or an MLS Cup, the only thing that changes is this is a spectacle."
The game will also resemble an icicle. Temperatures are expected in the teens, but there will be some heat on the field as Kansas City plays as physical a style as any team in MLS. But RSL says they won't be intimidated.
"There's no love loss between these teams," said defender Chris Wingert. "I don't think the past or the history of the matches we've had against each other matters too much tomorrow. You can throw all that out the window when you're playing in the championship. Every match takes on a life of its own, and I think that will be the case again tomorrow."
"We know it's going to be a battle, especially with the way Kansas City plays," added forward Devon Sandoval. "So, we're ready for a fight."
So after two weeks of hype, there is nothing left to do but play the game.
"Once the ball kicks off, there's only so much coaching and so much tactical stuff you can do," said midfielder Ned Grabavoy. "All the preparation and everything you need to do for the game is done."
Hopefully for Real Salt Lake, that preparation will lead to another championship.