RSL’s Sandoval excited ahead of quantum leap to MLS Cup final

Real Salt Lake forward Devon Sandoval admits it is a major thrill to be preparing for the 2013 MLS Cup final against Sporting Kansas City on December 7.

The 22-year old rookie attacker finds himself a key part of Jason Kreis’ RSL squad just a year after competing at college level and is feeling good after starting in both legs of the Western Conference final against Portland Timbers.

“It’s definitely pretty cool to look back on this year so far, and I’m real grateful for everything that’s happened,” Sandoval said in an interview with the Deseret News.

“But in saying that, we have one more game and I want to do everything I can to help the team win. It’s not over yet.”

Of the two-legged playoff against the Timbers, in which he scored in the first leg, Sandoval added: “The first game I had a little nerves, but I told myself you wouldn’t be in this position unless my coaches and teammates believed in me, and that calmed me down.

“As soon as I got in I was good to go. Walking out for the Portland game was also pretty cool because they’re stadium is pretty awesome.”

And in regards to the atmosphere that the RSL fans create, the first-year forward offered the following.

“It’s awesome. The amount of support this club has from the city is unbelievable,” he added. “I’ll go around town and everywhere I go somebody will say ‘good luck this weekend’ or ‘keep it up.’ It definitely makes me feel good and makes me happy to be here. I love playing for this club and the fans make it that much better.”

 
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