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           === Rapids, RSL set for first Rocky Mountain Cup clash ===
 
 Sandy,  UT  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The first  Rocky Mountain  Cup match of the
 season  takes  place on Saturday  at Rio Tinto  Stadium as the Colorado Rapids
 visit unbeaten Real Salt Lake.
 
 The Rapids claimed the Rocky Mountain Cup last season with a win and two draws
 against  RSL, but Colorado  has claimed only one win from its last five games,
 while Salt Lake is the last unbeaten team in MLS.
 
 Colorado's  3-1  home defeat to  Chivas USA last weekend  was one of the worst
 performances  by the club  this season as it saw Chivas score three times in a
 20-minute  span in  the second  half, including  two goals  from former  Rapid
 Marvin Chavez.
 
 Often  there are things that can be taken from a loss, but for Rapids defender
 Shane O'Neill, it is better to just forget about the game and move forward.
 
 "I'm  not  sure we  want to take  away anything from  this game," said O'Neill
 following  the loss  to Chivas. "It's just  one of those days that you want to
 forget  about.  If we  could've gotten  three points here,  it would have been
 massive  in  the standings and we  would have gone to  Salt Lake and been in a
 really  good spot. Now  there's a little bit more pressure on us. I think this
 is just one of those games you want to forget about and move on."
 
 Salt Lake, meanwhile, had a performance to remember as the team won at Houston
 for the first time in its 10th attempt.
 
 Javier  Morales scored  15 seconds into the  game and went on to net his first
 career  MLS hat  trick as RSL handed  the Dynamo a 5-2 defeat that extends the
 team's unbeaten start to the season to 10 games.
 
 Salt  Lake is  now just two games  shy of matching the 1996 Los Angeles Galaxy
 for  the  most games  unbeaten to  start a  season, and  the Rapids would love
 nothing more than to bring an end to that streak.
 
 Another  streak Colorado is  hoping to halt is the fact that the home team has
 not  lost a  Rocky Mountain Cup match  since 2007, when the Rapids lost 1-0 to
 RSL in Commerce City.
 
 The two teams are certainly in very different runs of form, but Salt Lake will
 be  without three key players for Saturday's match, which could balance things
 a bit.
 
 Goalkeeper  Nick Rimando  and midfielder Kyle Beckerman are both at the United
 States  national team camp, while forward and leading scorer Alvaro Saborio is
 away with Costa Rica.
 
 
 05/16 17:02:05 ET

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