Real Salt Lake's long and storied history with its neighbor-state rival, the Colorado Rapids, might not be as exciting as it was in the early days of the club, but it's provided more than its fair share of dramatic moments over the years.

With the two facing off on Sunday at Rio Tinto Stadium, that drama could resurface. Could another of those great moments be landing back in fans' laps — and if so, could it look like any of the great moments of the past?

With that in mind, here's a refresher of some of the more exciting moments in the decade-long rivalry.

Poaching players

When Jason Kreis took over at Real Salt Lake, it didn't take long to bring in some quality players. Some of those quality players came from — you guessed it — Colorado Rapids, with two illustrious names our focus: Kyle Beckerman and Chris Wingert. That was when RSL-Rapids was a true rivalry, too, and plenty of RSL supporters were not particularly fans of Beckerman. The times have clearly changed.

Starting the streak

It is no great coincidence that after trading Beckerman to RSL, where he quickly became an important and irreplaceable player, Real Salt Lake didn't just win the Rocky Mountain Cup once or twice, but it won it consistently. After the Utah side won it for their first time in 2007, it wasn't until 2013 that it changed hands. That's a fairly remarkable run — for six consecutive seasons, that the cup called Salt Lake home.

Making the playoffs

Way back in 2008, Real Salt Lake wasn't going to make the playoffs. It was basically a sure thing — and as such, it didn't look like the team would see playoff action. But Rio Tinto Stadium opened, and then the team made the playoffs. And Real Salt Lake had to go through the Colorado Rapids to get there, and it needed at least a draw.

It didn't seem so hard, but then Conor Casey scored in the 19th minute, leaving the Salt Lake side with everything to do. The Rapids nearly scored several times after that, but some luck and some Nick Rimando heroics (the more things change, the more they stay the same) kept RSL in the running, and late on, RSL tied it up spectacularly with a Yura Movsisyan goal. The match highlights are on YouTube, and they're every bit as exciting as you'd expect.

Pablo Mastroeni and Dave Checketts ignite a fire

One of the great early cauterizing moments in this rivalry came in 2006, when then-RSL owner Dave Checketts and then-Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni engaged in a battle of words. That came after Mastroeni's celebrations were deemed a bit excessive by the owner — and probably by common sense as well.

The great rescue of 2010

It was the 90th minute and Real Salt Lake was down 2-0, and with that loss, the Rocky Mountain Cup was supposed to have departed Salt Lake City after spending three years there. At 90:01, Alvaro Saborio scored one of the most memorable goals in Real Salt Lake history. With Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens delaying his clearance just long enough for the Costa Rican to get a block in, the ball bounced around and hit the crossbar. Pickens was rushing to get back to parry it away, and in doing so, fell into his own net, leaving Saborio with a simple finish.

But that was only to make it 2-1 — three minutes later, RSL won a penalty; a minute after that (with protests taking up the bulk of the intervening time,) Saborio finished calmly in the most exciting of circumstances, leaving RSL with the cup for another year.

Matt Montgomery is the managing editor of RSL Soapbox.

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