Quakes aim to end RSL's shutout streak

Real Salt Lake evened their record with back-to-back shutout victories.

The club will look to build on the strong efforts when it visits the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Real Salt Lake (8-8-2, 26 points) posted clean-sheet wins over Sporting Kansas City and the Columbus Crew, and they hope to continue the momentum against the Earthquakes (7-7-4, 25 points).

"It's great. Good for the confidence," RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando told reporters. "I think the focus now is getting our bodies back and our legs back. Two wins, six points, at home, in front of our fans is definitely a confidence booster."

RSL is just 2-6-2 on the road, though.

Saturday's match will represent a milestone for Rimando. The 40-year-old will be in goal for the 500th time in his MLS career.

"One day at a time and one game at a time for me," said Rimando, who has four shutouts this season to raise his MLS career record to 148.

San Jose lost 3-1 to the Minnesota United it its latest contest after being unbeaten (4-0-2) in its previous six league matches.

The Earthquakes also have not lost in their past eight home games, providing the belief that a rebound from Wednesday's loss is highly possible.

"We are working hard every week," San Jose midfielder Magnus Eriksson told reporters. "The way we are playing at the moment, we are causing a lot of problems for our opponents. We feel confident in the way we play and hopefully we can bounce back and take three points on Saturday."

San Jose certainly is playing better now than at the outset of the campaign. The Earthquakes got off to a porous start, losing their first four games by a cumulative 14-2.

"I'm liking this team a lot," San Jose coach Matias Almeyda told reporters. "At the start of the season, we were the team everyone wanted to play, now no one wants to play against us. We're growing."

Veteran forward Chris Wondolowski leads the Earthquakes with eight goals.

Forward Sam Johnson scored all three goals in Real Salt Lake's last two wins to raise his season total to a team-high eight.

--Field Level Media
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