Real Salt Lake ties Portimonense 1-1
SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake, Major League Soccer's 12th team, continued its inaugural preseason training with a 1-1 draw today against Portimonense, a Portuguese Second Division team, on a 30-yard free kick strike from FW Jason Kreis in the 14th minute. RSL's next and final game during the Iberian peninsular portion of preseason will be on Tuesday, March 8, against Recreativa Huelva, who currently sit No. 2 in the Spanish Second Division.
"Training has been great here in Portugal, the atmosphere amongst our players is very good," said Head Coach John Ellinger. "I couldn't ask for more from our players. Everybody is leaving it all out there on the field because they want to be on the roster when we play our first-ever game that matters on April 2 in New York against the MetroStars."
Today's RSL lineup was as follows:
GK - Nolly (Countess 46); DF - Behncke, Akwari, Knowles (Halilovic 46), Pierce; MF - Whitfield (Selolwane 46), Kamler, O'Brien, Jackson (Kreamalmeyer 46); FW - Kreis, Watson (Cila 46)
Real Salt Lake's only goal came off a low, sizzling free kick taken by Kreis, Major League Soccer's All-Time leading scorer, who curled the shot around the wall from 30 yards out, putting RSL up 1-0 just 14 minutes into the game. Two minutes later, Portimonense equalized with a free kick of its own from just outside the box past RSL 'keeper Jay Nolly. Each team shared possession and attacking opportunity for the remainder of the half but were unable to again find the back of the net. The teams continued in the second half with the up-tempo pace they had set in the first half. Portimonense played at a high level and took a lot of risks going forward but were unable to capitalize on its efforts. RSL injected its own high level of play, staunchly dissolving the Portimonense attack and ending the game in a 1-1 draw.
THREE FOR ALL: RSL's newest acquisition, Trinidadian DF/MF Marlon Rojas, will attend the "Three for All" 3v3 Soccer Fest from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, signing autographs and performing media interviews. Real Salt Lake and the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Department, 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 March 5. The state-of-the art field-turf facility allows players to wear cleats or indoor shoes. For more information, log on to the official RSL website at the community section of RealSaltLake.com.
PRESEASON UPDATE: Trinidadian DF/MF Marlon Rojas is not joining the team in Portugal but will instead settle in Salt Lake City prior to the final RSL preseason leg, slated for Redlands, Calif., from March 14-30. FW Dipsy Selolwane arrived in Portugal today and immediately suited up for Real, while MF Andy Williams will arrive tomorrow as the two 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.
|Tuesday, Feb. 8||D.C. United||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||5-1 L||0-1-0|
|Thursday, Feb. 10||U.S. U-17 National Team||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||1-1 T||0-1-1|
|Sunday, Feb. 13||San Jose Earthquakes||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||1-0 W||1-1-1|
|Sunday, Feb. 13||Columbus Crew||Spartan Stadium - Tampa, Fla.||2-0 W||2-1-1|
|Thursday, Feb. 17||Kansas City Wizards||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||3-2 W||3-1-1|
|Saturday, Feb. 19||U.S. Amateur Team||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||3-1 W||4-1-1|
|Tuesday, March 1||vs. Beira Mar||Isla Canella, Portugal||4-0 W||5-1-1|
|Wednesday, March 2||vs. Portimonense||Albufeira, Portugal||1-1 T||5-1-2|
|Tuesday, March 8||vs. Olhanense||Isla Canella, Portugal||4:00 p.m. GMT|
|Wednesday, March 9||Return to United States||OFF until Sunday, March 13|
|Saturday, March 12||RSL/adidas jersey unveiling||Park City, Utah||6:00 p.m. MT|
|Monday, March 14||Training camp||Redlands, Calif. until Thursday, March 30|
|Saturday, March 19||Colorado Rapids||Site TBD||Time TBD|
|Friday, March 25||Kansas City Wizards||Site TBD||Time TBD|
RSL/adidas JERSEY LAUNCH: RSL and adidas will unveil Real Salt Lake's official 2005 jersey on Saturday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Lift Plaza in downtown Park City, UT, 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.
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 highly-anticipated 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 at the fan section of RealSaltLake.com.