We go into this match and yes, it might be the last match that I get to coach with this group and I’ll soak it up, for sure, every single moment of it. But that decision has yet to be made. It’s something that I think I’ve done a pretty decent job at putting on the back burner and I’ll continue to do so for another 48 hours. —Jason Kreis, Real Salt Lake coach
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With all the national soccer media on hand during Thursday night’s MLS Cup press conference, Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis again addressed the hot topic that is his coaching future, even though he never specifically mentioned New York City FC — the 2015 expansion club that wants him.
“The truth of the matter is that the home match against Chivas (USA) was our last home match of the regular season and at that time I thought there was a possibility that that would be the last match that I would coach for Real Salt Lake,” said Kreis. “Then we went into the second playoff match against the Galaxy and I thought that might be the last home match that I had to coach with this group. And then we went into the Portland match and I thought that might be the last match. And the second Portland match I thought that might be the last match.
“We go into this match and yes, it might be the last match that I get to coach with this group and I’ll soak it up, for sure, every single moment of it. But that decision has yet to be made. It’s something that I think I’ve done a pretty decent job at putting on the back burner and I’ll continue to do so for another 48 hours.”
SABORIO LOOKING LIKELY: RSL striker Alvaro Saborio has trained without restrictions all week for Real Salt Lake, and in conjunction with a new Devon Sandoval injury, it’s looking more and more likely that Saborio will be back in the starting lineup this Saturday.
RSL’s leading scorer missed both matches of the Portland series after pulling a muscle against Los Angeles on Nov. 7, but he seems fit and ready to roll a month later.
Sandoval, meanwhile, picked up a new injury in training this week and Kreis declared him touch and go. The rookie striker was already dealing with an undisclosed injury that had limited his training since the Western Conference final win over Portland.
READY FOR BATTLE: Back in the 2009 MLS playoffs, Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman implemented a playoff road game traveling dress code, and it’s a tradition that’s stuck four years later.
That tradition is the reason Beckerman, Kreis and goalkeeper Nick Rimando all showed up to Thursday night’s MLS Cup press conference in camouflage pants and black shirts.
The dress code for RSL’s playoff game at Los Angeles last month was denim on denim, which obviously didn’t lead to a result, so Beckerman switched it up to camo and khaki for the Portland match. Thursday’s traveling dress code was camo and black.
“It’s been a lot of fun. We do contests with best-dressed and worst-dressed, and have butts up punishment with that tomorrow after training. It’s a good bit of fun that Kyle and Nick both take charge of,” said Kreis.