RSL volunteers to help local citizen
Real Salt Lake joined with United Way of Salt Lake in a community wide event on Thursday to help local families in need of various assistance. RSL FW Jason Kreis and MF Leslie Fitzpatrick along with RSL staff volunteered time as part of United Way Day to aid 77-year-old Ramona Fivas a resident of West Valley, Utah.
"As an organization, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve in the community and to help someone as deserving as Ramona Fivas," said RSL General Manager Steve Pastorino. "We are thankful for our partnership with the United Way of Salt Lake and its commitment to improving the lives of Utahans."
The RSL family met with representatives of Life Care Bank, a non-profit organization designed to help low-income senior citizens, and Fivas in the morning to discuss the needs of her residency. Throughout the course of the day, volunteers weeded the yard, cut back the over growth, added a fresh coat of paint to doors and windows, and removed unwanted items collected over the years. Kreis returned today to continue the makeover by building a stairway with a railing for Fivas.
RSL was one of 87 local organizations and more than 2,500 volunteers that completed a service project for 140 United Way of Salt Lake Impact Partners and people in need in Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties. United Way Day allows local organizations to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and to help the communities most vulnerable citizens.
VOTE FOR THE RADIOSHACK MLS ALL-TIME BEST XI: Fans can now cast their votes for the election of the RadioShack MLS All-Time Best XI as part of Major League Soccer's 10th Season celebrations, with DF Eddie Pope, FW Jason Kreis and MF Clint Mathis as the three RSL players under consideration for this honor. Fans can vote on the League's official web site (www.MLSnet.com). The following link contains the voting application: http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/mls/events/season_10/best_11.jsp.
Fan balloting, which accounts for 50 percent of the final vote total, began Tuesday and will conclude on October 16, the final day of the 2005 regular season. Media and MLS coaches and general managers will also participate in the other half of the voting process.
The 78 player pool is formed by players who were Best XI selections or named to at least three All-Star Games since the 1996 Inaugural Season. One goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards will form the RadioShack MLS All-Time Best XI squad which will be announced during the MLS Cup Playoffs. The field is divided as follows: 9 goalkeepers, 21 defenders, 27 midfielders and 21 forwards. Of the 78 players, 38 are currently playing with MLS clubs.
¡FUTBOLITO! COMING TO SLC: MLS ¡Futbolito!, the official 4v4 tournament of Major League Soccer arrives to Utah on Saturday, September 17, at Fairmont Park in Salt Lake City (2361 South 900 East). There are three divisions: Premier Adult, Adult Recreational and Youth age groups from Under-8 to Under-17. Each participant will receive one ticket to a Real Salt Lake game, an authentic MLS ¡Futbolito! t-shirt and the opportunity to win Panasonic and/or RadioShack prizes. There will be prize money given away to the first and second place teams in the Premier Adult division with the winners receiving $2,000 and the runner-ups receiving $1,000. Former LA Galaxy player (1996-2003) and El Salvadoran national team member Mauricio Cienfuegos is scheduled to a guest appearance as the official spokesperson for MLS Futbolito and will be on hand to sign autographs and to meet participants. Advanced registration ends on Wednesday, September 14. Be there for a special appearance by Mauricio Cienfuegos! To register and for more information, call (866) 965.7484, log onto www.mlsfutbolito.com or email info@MLSFutbolito.com.
RSL SUPPORTING FIESTA MEXICANA: Real Salt Lake will be participating in Mexican Independence Day Celebration known as Fiesta Mexicana 2005 which takes place at Washington & Library Square (200 East 400 South) in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. MT. An inflatable RSL Goal Kick will be located in the kids' area. The Mission of Fiesta Mexicana is to celebrate the traditions of the Mexican culture and heritage with all of the community of the Salt Lake area in order to promote tolerance, integration and community development while giving all the Mexican community the benefit of enjoying an Independence Day Celebration which includes Mexican regional folk dances and performers, regional traditional Mexican foods, the shout of Independence of the Mexican people, artisan workshops, artisan art work, artisan exhibits, and musical performances. For the past three years, Fiesta Mexicana has been successful in bringing people from many walks of life, not only Latino, to this city-wide event.