The Western Conference of the MLS is beginning to take shape with both Real Salt Lake and Vancouver Whitecaps currently outside the play-off places. However, both franchises do have games in hand over the top-seven and a win here could see either climb into those positions for the post-season. Salt Lake have drawn each of their last three matches leaving them in 8th while Vancouver have lost three in succession and are near the foot of the table at 11th.
Real Salt Lake have drawn consecutive games with the two teams currently below their opponents here. A 1-1 tie with Minnesota United last on the 30th of May followed a 2-2 stalemate with basement club FC Dallas the week prior and now for the first time in almost three weeks they return to action. Salt Lake lost both meetings with the Whitecaps last season including a 2-1 defeat at home in the Rio Trinto Stadium. The side took six points from their first two games defeating Minnesota and 2nd place Sporting Kansas City but no win in four sees them labouring outside the play-off places as things stand.
Vancouver are looking to snap a three-game losing run here as they travel to Utah. All three defeats though have come on the road and they have lost eight of their last nine MLS games away from home without a win. Four defeats in five also leaves the Whitecaps in the bottom three and they have failed to score in three of those losses. Vancouver may have won here last season but they had lost on each of their four visits prior to that victory and their recent away form suggests they could suffer again.