The RSL Way
In one of the best match-ups of the season, the MLS conference leaders will lock horns this weekend. But while Sporting Kansas City is no surprise atop the East, few expected Real Salt Lake to be the team leading the pack in the West. GM Garth Lagerwey joins Greg Lalas, Simon Borg and Jason Saghini (making a surprise return to the show) and details the strategies, the turning points and the players that have made all the difference.
The weekend also will be highlighted by four CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, including the El Salvador vs. USMNT showdown in Baltimore. US-born Richard Menjivar, formerly of Cal FC and currently with Atlanta, will be manning the midfield for a young El Salvador team looking to eliminate the US from a second straight CONCACAF competition. And he feels Baltimore will be behind El Salvador.
Finally, one listener has an issue with dual club allegiance by one MLS supporter. Can you really be a Cruz Azul and D.C. United fan at the same time? Can you support them equally?
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Meet the ET team
|Jason Saghini is a longtime MLS on-air personality and director of video for MLSsoccer.com. He previously worked in remote production on ESPN2's MLS and US national team broadcasts. His life's dream is to see Motley Crue play halftime of an MLS Cup.||Simon Borg is a senior editor and on-air analyst for MLSsoccer.com, and a regular creator of the "Kick Off" every weekday on MLSsoccer.com. He splits his time between his family and reading obscure Ukrainian and Italian soccer reports at 4 am, and consequently has not slept for more than five consecutive hours since 2006.|
|Nick Firchau is the host of ExtraTime Radio and a senior editor at MLSsoccer.com. He previously covered the Chicago Fire for the Chicago Sun-Times. He often wonders why more professional athletes don't demand an "orange slices at halftime" clause in their contracts.||Greg Lalas is the editor in chief of MLSsoccer.com and a co-founder of the Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Festival. He played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny (RIP) and the New England Revolution. Well, "played" is maybe being a little kind. But he did train a lot.|
ET producer Dan Haiek works as a video editor for MLSsoccer.com. When he's not filming and editing interviews and behind-the-scenes looks at MLS, he likes to curl up with a Nicholas Sparks novel and a glass of chardonnay.
Andrew Wiebe is a new media editor for MLSsoccer.com. He previously covered Sporting KC, once scored an unintentional goal from midfield and tries to bring an analytical mind to the beautiful game. Weekend center back, history junkie and Jayhawk.