Real Salt Lake blanks Beira Mar 4-0
SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake, Major League Soccer's 12th team, collected another preseason victory today with a 4-0 win over Beira Mar Algarve, a Portuguese Second Division team. Goals from FW Jamie Watson (16th/65th minute), MF Kevin Novak (19th minute) and MF Luke Kreamalmeyer (70th minute) provided the scoring, leading RSL to a 5-1-1 preseason record. Tomorrow, RSL faces Portimonense of the Portuguese Second Division.
"Overall, the game went very well and several of our young players saw 90 minutes of action," said Head Coach John Ellinger. "Beira Mar Algarve is a very talented team with a lot of youth, and our guys played extremely well as a cohesive unit, allowing us to essentially dominate the game."
Today's RSL lineup was as follows:
GK - Palmer (Nolly 46); DF - Flores, Knowles, Behncke, Jackson; MF - Whitfield, Kreamalmeyer, Kamler (Pierce 46), Novak; FW - Watson (Cutler 76), Cila
Real Salt Lake's first goal came as MF Evan Whitfield sent a through ball into the box in the 16th minute to Watson, who beat the 'keeper at the near post. Just three minutes later, MF Novak picked up the second goal for Real off a cross from DF Cameron Knowles. The first half ended with RSL up 2-0.
The second half started much like the first with Watson tallying his second goal of the game. In the 65th minute, Whitfield again played another through ball to Watson, who again beat the 'keeper, this time to the far post. The game's final 4-0 margin came off a chip over the 'keeper just outside the 18 by "Laser Luke" Kreamalmeyer in the 70th minute, off an assist by Watson.
PRESEASON UPDATE: RSL's exhibition game on Tuesday, March 8 against Olhanense, of the Portuguese Second Division, has been cancelled. Real is now scheduled to play Recreativa Huelva, who currently sit No. 2 in the Spanish Second Division. Trinidadian DF/MF Marlon Rojas is expected to join the team on Wednesday, along with DF Senad Halilovic, FW Dipsy Selolwane and MF Andy Williams, as all four players resolved visa issues to allow travel into Portugal. DF Brian Dunseth arrived in Salt Lake Tuesday night for an examination of his pain-free but swollen right knee.
JERSEY LAUNCH: RSL and adidas are joining together to announce the unveiling of Real Salt Lake's official 2005 jersey on Saturday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. The jersey launch will take place at the Town Lift Plaza in downtown Park City, located at 825 Main Street just north of Heber Ave. Be the first to see the new Real Salt Lake jersey, the same ones the players will be wearing on the field during the club's inaugural season. For more information visit the community section of RealSaltLake.com.
THREE FOR ALL: Real Salt Lake, and Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA) present the first annual "Three for All" 3v3 Soccer Fest. Boys and girls ages 7-15 are invited and encouraged to register. The tournament will be held on the University of Utah campus at Spence Eccles Fieldhouse, located at 550 South Guardsman Way (1580 east) on Saturday, March 5. The state-of-the art field-turf facility allows players to wear cleats or indoor shoes. For more information visit the community section of RealSaltLake.com.
Real Salt Lake season ticket packages for the inaugural 2005 season at Rice-Eccles Stadium are now on sale. The RSL 2005 season ticket package features 21 games, including all 16 MLS regular season games, four special bonus games and the U.S.-Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier on June 4. Real Salt Lake's season ticket pricing consists of a Youth (15 and younger) and an Adult in four price levels. Prices for the 2005 season ticket packages are $200 adult ($180 youth) for the North Goal, $300 adult ($240 youth) for the Corner Flag, $400 ($320 youth) for East Sideline and $500 ($400 youth) for VIP seats. 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.
ACCESS REAL: Real fans can now receive up-to-date information on the team by signing up for the RSL Weekly Newsletter on in the fan section of RealSaltLake.com.