Chivas USA retains Zach Thornton in goal for the second successive game tonight.
Jonathan Bornstein resumes his more familiar position at left back after playing in central defense last weekend in Salt Lake City, with Jim Curtin moving from the subs bench last game into the starting lineup alongside Shavar Thomas in central defense. Cary Talley is at right back.
Panchito Mendoza moves into midfield for the first time in a while out wide on the left, Sacha Kljestan is his counterpart on the right. In the middle it’s Jesse Marsch and Paulo Nagamura.
Atiba Harris returns from injury up front in place of Justin Braun alongside Ante Razov.
Alecko Eskandarian is on the bench.
The Real Salt Lake starting XI: goalkeeper Nick Rimando; defenders Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Robbie Russell, Chris Wingert; midfielders Dema Kovalenko, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Will Johnson; at forward are Clint Mathis and Yura Movsisyan.
Andy Williams and ex-Galaxy striker Robbie Findley are among the options Coach Jason Kreis has off the bench.
Do I need to say this?
Chivas USA must win; RSL, with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, don’t even have to score to advance.
Looks to be a relatively large, noisy, playoff-oriented crowd tonight.