Inaugural clash of MLS expansion teams Saturday, May 7
SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake (1-2-2, 5 pts.) takes on expansion brethren CD Chivas USA (0-4-1, 1 pt.) at 8:00 p.m. MT on Saturday, May 7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with the game airing live on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain, HDNet, 1280 AM The Zone and Recuerdo 1600 AM. This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season with RSL looking for its first road win and Chivas USA fighting for its first win of the season.
KREIS CLOSING IN ON CENTURY MARK: Major League Soccer's All-Time leading scorer and RSL captain Jason Kreis scored both RSL goals in last week's 2-2 draw with San Jose to bring his all-time total to 94 goals, leaving the 10-year veteran just six goals away from No. 100. The 21st-minute PK and 34th-minute blast vaulted Kreis into 8th place among the 2005 MLS Budweiser Scoring Leaders, with three goals in five games.
COUNT ON COUNTESS: At the other end of the lineup, RSL GK DJ Countess provides a solid foundation between the pipes as the expansion RSL team develops its cohesion. Despite a revolving door of an RSL defense in front of him due to injury, suspension and inconsistent play, Countess has provided several spectacular stops among his league-leading 30 saves in the first five games. The 23-year old 'keeper recorded 13 saves in Saturday's 2-2 draw with San Jose, just two fewer than Tony Meola's single-game league-record of 15, set on April 5, 1997 against D.C. United.
SEASON TICKETS STILL SELLING BRISKLY: Real Salt Lake season ticket packages, now pro-rated following the first two games, remain on sale. The RSL 2005 season ticket package now features 19 games, including the remaining 14 MLS regular season games, four special bonus games and the highly-anticipated U.S.-Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier on June 4. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the RSL Ticket Office at 515 South 700 East, #2R, SLC, UT 84102, by logging onto www.RealSaltLake.com or by contacting the Real Salt Lake Ticket Office at (866) 9-SOCCER.
GET YOUR FLEX ON WITH NEW SEASON TICKET OPTION: To add more options for fans, RSL now offers the Flex Season Ticket Package, which is comprised of twenty vouchers of the same price category (North Goal, Corner Flag, Premium and VIP) that allows the purchaser to determine which games they would like to see in the regular season and how many tickets needed for that game. Prices for the 2005 Flex Package are $260 for the North Goal, $320 for the Corner Flag, $440 for the East Sideline and $560 for the VIP seats. Tickets can be redeemed in the following way: one could use all the vouchers and bring 20 people to one game or 4 people could attend five games. Flex vouchers are discounted from the day of game pricing making it an even greater value. Vouchers can be redeemed in advance through the Real Salt Lake Front Office by mail or in person or on the day of the game at the Real Salt Lake Customer Service Window. Seating is best available per price category at the time of redemption. The June 4th US-Costa Rica and RSL-FC Dallas doubleheader is not included in the flex package.
SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE: Real Salt Lake single-game tickets for its inaugural 2005 season at Rice-Eccles Stadium continue to be on sale both online and at the University of Utah Ticket Office, located at the Stadium's south end. Individual game prices are $14 for north goal, $18 for corner flag, $25 for premier east and $32 for VIP west. Individual game tickets can be purchased by visiting the Utah Ticket Office at 451 South 1400 East, by logging onto www.utahtickets.com or by contacting the Ticket Office at (801) 581-UTIX. Fans are continued to be encouraged to purchase in advance.
ACCESS REAL: Real fans can now receive up-to-date information on the team by signing up for the RSL Weekly Newsletter at the fans section of RealSaltLake.com.
MLS CAMPS: MLS Camps, the Official Camp and Clinic of Major League Soccer, has partnered with Real Salt Lake to provide Packaged Camps, Clinic & Training Services and Supply Opportunities to the Greater Utah Community. To host a Program in your community, call (800) 680-6272 or by logging onto www.MLScamps.com and register for a program near you.