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Three Questions With: Randall Serr, RSL Soapbox

Eighty Six Forever welcomes Randall Serr to help break down Vancouver vs Real Salt Lake

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are taking on a Real Salt Lake team that may be sitting outside the playoff picture, but is still definitely a club that must be handled with caution. The Whitecaps may be flying high atop the Western Conference elite at the moment, but RSL has plenty of weapons in their lineup, and will be looking to escape BC Place with 3 points in tow.

To learn more about our Salt Lake foes, we turned to Randall Serr, of fellow SBNation blog RSL Soapbox.

86 Forever: What is the biggest weakness on RSL?

Randall Serr: RSL's biggest weakness really boils down to having starters that are injury-prone. Namely, Jamison Olave and Chris Schuler. There have been a handful of other injuries to players that have kept them out for weeks or months, but missing these two defenders for extended periods of time has really hurt. RSL sometimes has found themselves starting their 4th and 5th preferred center backs this season. In one MLS match, they even reached deep and started their 6th preferred center back.

This is not to say that they haven't filled in admirably or that they are not up to the task, but it is a lot to ask that Aaron Maund start nearly 15 consecutive matches and 18-year-old academy product Justen Glad to not make mistakes at such a young age. In fairness, Olave and Schuler played in the vast majority of games in 2014, but their absences are pretty well documented off and on in previous seasons.

86F: Is RSL better than its 29 points?

RS: I would not say that they deserve more than 29 points in MLS play, but they seem to be rounding out into form as of late...generally speaking. They have had a hiccup or two but are playing well of late. This is good news since they still have plenty to play for. RSL is placed just outside of the playoff race looking in, has a semifinal in the U.S. Open Cup versus Sporting KC coming up, and is off to a good start looking to advance in CONCACAF Champions League.

Here's what I will say: A healthy RSL preferred starting XI has yet to start and play a full game together this year. We are probably about a month away from seeing that and that is when RSL will definitely be better than their 29 points.

86F: In your opinion, who's the MVP of RSL so far this season?

RS: The choice is clear and I think the vast majority of RSL fans would agree with me. Javier Morales has been nothing short of incredible this season. Part of what makes his play so impressive is that he is 35 years old and is playing as well or better than ever. He does not show any signs of slowing down, due in large part to how well he takes care of his body.

He follows the footsteps of many other footballers that had really long, successful careers like Ryan Giggs and does yoga regularly. So far, he leads RSL in both goals (5) and assists (9). That is not counting his performances in Open Cup and Champions League games in which he has led the team as well. There have also been many games this season in which he has created enough scoring chances to shake a stick at. In short, he seems to be getting better as time goes on.