Tim Melia - Sporting KC vs Real Salt Lake - July 22, 2020
Jared Martinez

Sporting KC Show Podcast: Guest Brian Dunseth talks #RSLvSKC on Decision Day

Running throughout the season on Sports Radio 810 WHB, the Sporting Kansas City Show is available on several podcast hubs including Spotify and iTunes as well as SportingKC.com/SportingKCShow. With Nate Bukaty, Carter Augustine and Aly Trost hosting the weekly program, Sporting fans have a place to go to catch up on club storylines, guest interviews and more.

SiriusXM FC pundit and longtime Real Salt Lake voice Brian Dunseth joined a new edition of the Sporting Kansas City Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB last night to discuss Sunday's regular season finale between Sporting and RSL along with co-hosts Carter Augustine, Nate Bukaty and Aly Trost.

Dunseth, a Real Salt Lake broadcaster since 2006, shared his thoughts on numerous timely topics, including the #RSLvSKC rivalry.

"There's such an identifiable style of play when these two teams meet," Dunseth said. "It's tough tackling. It's some really fun, athletic players and some really intelligent players. There's a technical side of the game that's always fun to watch."

Dunseth also touched on the reversal of fortunes between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City in 2020. A year ago, RSL finished third in the West while SKC was in 11th place. Now, Sporting Kansas City sits second in the conference and Real Salt Lake has slipped to 11th.

"For Sporting Kansas City fans, you look at RSL this year and it's similar to what Sporting Kansas City was dealing with last year." 

Off the field, Real Salt Lake's season was punctuated by owner Dell Loy Hansen announcing plans to sell the club in August. Dunseth cited Kansas City as a "perfect example" for the ownership qualities needed to be successful in Major League Soccer.

"Local ownership. Deep pockets. Committed to the community. Committed to the team. Putting people in place and leaving them alone to succeed. Seeing the evolution of the team and the fan base," Dunseth said. "That's what RSL fans are hoping they get."

One bright spot for Real Salt Lake in 2020 has come from the contributions of the club's Homegrown Players. In fact, RSL leads the league in minutes played by active Homegrown Players for their club (as designated on team rosters by MLS).

Corey Baird, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera and Donny Toia have all logged major minutes this year, and Dunseth speculated that 19-year-old Homegrown goalkeeper David Ochoa could be in line for his highly-anticipated MLS debut on Sunday.

Minutes Played by Active Homegrown Players for Team

TEAM MINS HGP with 750+ Minutes
RSL 6621 Glad, Herrera, Baird, Toia
PHI 4859 McKenzie, Aaronson
SJ 3733 Thompson, Lima, Marcinkowski
VAN 3592 Teibert, Hasal
SKC 3315 Busio, Lindsey, Hernandez
DC 3019 Pines, Paredes
CHI 2898 Mihailovic, Pineda
DAL 2802 Reynolds, Tessmann
COL 2274 Vines, Bassett
POR 2045 Farfan, Williamson
TOR 1814 Akinola
ATL 1726 Bello
CLB 1582 Keita
HOU 1535 Rodriguez
NYC 1479 Sands
LA 1365  
NE 1094 Caldwell
NY 1020  
NSH 823 Jones
ORL 817 Michel
MTL 463  
LAFC 391  
CIN 233  
MIA 200  
SEA 146  
MIN 0