The Vancouver Whitecaps will look to extend their early impressive away form when they visit Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.
The Whitecaps (3-1-1) have won two of their first three road matches this season, including last weekend when they sent Columbus to its first loss of 2018.
And coach Carl Robinson believes his team is capable of similar success against an RSL side that enjoys playing at elevation as part of their home-field advantage.
“We have to be resilient, we have to be mentally tough,” Robinson said. “We know we have very difficult travel. So we don’t use it as an excuse. We’re prepared.”
That resiliency was certainly on display in Vancouver’s 2-1 victory over Columbus. The Whitecaps trailed early before fighting back with two second-half goals.
Kei Kamara’s game-winner came in the 78th minute, five minutes after an apparent goal by Vancouver teammate Alphonso Davies was disallowed.
The goal was Kamara’s third of the season, coming against a Columbus side he scored 32 league goals for in two separate stretches.
Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake (1-2-1) is looking for their second win of a season that began with higher expectations, following a promising end to the 2017 campaign when they won seven of their last 11 games.
“When I look back at the run we had toward the end of the year, maybe some guys think ... that we’re that good,” said Salt Lake coach Mike Petke. “The last six months are out of the equation. Teams know what we’re capable of now, and they’re going to do things to not let us do those things.”
Real Salt Lake has yet to score multiple goals in a game this season, despite the return of promising young attackers Albert Rusnak and Jefferson Savarino. Joao Plata is the only player with multiple goals, scoring two so far.
At the same time, RSL has also avoided being shut out in any match, including in last weekend’s 3-1 loss at defending MLS Cup champion Toronto.
— Field Level Media