Weekly update: Busy times for RSL

Eddie Pope will miss Real Salt Lake's next match for national team duty.

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GIVEAWAY

Saturday, May 28 -- Replica jersey

Wednesday, June 22 -- Replica shorts

Saturday, Aug. 13 -- Replica socks / shinguards

Saturday, Sept. 3 -- RSL soccer ball

Saturday, Sept. 24 -- RSL uniform / bag

TRINI DUO BACK ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY:

RSL MF Leslie "Tiger" Fitzpatrick and DF Marlon Rojas return to international duty after being called into Trinidad & Tobago's National Team camp this week in preparation for a friendly on Wednesday, May 25. Fitzpatrick and Rojas rejoin their RSL teammates Thursday in Salt Lake City, and will be available for its home game against the Chicago Fire on Saturday, May 28 before being expected to return to Trinidad for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers on June 4 (Panama) and June 8 (@ Mexico).

POPE WITH USMNT FOR ENGLAND FRIENDLY: RSL DF Eddie Pope, a veteran of two U.S. World Cup teams, has been added to the roster for the U.S.-England friendly at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday, May 28 in the absence of DF Oguchi Onyewu. Pope joined the U.S. Men's National Team immediately as it begins to gather in Chicago on Sunday before beginning training on Monday, May 23. Pope is the second late addition to the U.S. roster, as Kansas City Wizards MF Kerry Zavagnin replaced Colorado Rapids MF Pablo Mastroeni who is day-to-day with a quad injury and will stay with the Rapids this week. The U.S.-England match kicks off at 12:00 p.m. MT on Saturday, May 28 live on ESPN and Telemundo from Soldier Field.

RSL INJURY/SUSPENSION/NATIONAL TEAM DUTY REPORT:

PLAYER                 STATUS        INJURY
DF Rustin Pierce       PROBABLE      L hamstring tightness
MF Leslie Fitzpatrick  PROBABLE      L groin strain 
GK DJ Countess         PROBABLE      L shoulder subluxation
DF Nelson Akwari       OUT           Yellow card suspension
DF Eddie Pope          OUT           USMNT Camp
MF Leslie Fitzpatrick  OUT           T&T National Team Camp
DF Marlon Rojas        OUT           T&T National Team Camp

VOTING FOR 2005 MLS ALL-STAR GAME NOW LIVE ON MLSNET.COM:

Fans can now cast their votes for the MLS All-Stars who will take the field against English Premier League club Fulham FC in the 2005 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game. On July 30, "MLS All-Stars Take on the World" as Major League Soccer's best take on Fulham FC at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH in a game televised nationally on ABC Sports (1:30 p.m. MT). Fans can vote for the starting XI by filling out the online ballot on the League's official website www.MLSnet.com until Friday, July 8, 2005. Fans can vote for 11 starting players from a pool of 144 total candidates via the online ballot - one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards. A maximum of 10 ballots may be submitted per person per day and there are no limits on how many days fans can vote. The online fan balloting will comprise 25 percent of the total, with MLS coaches and GMs (25 percent), media (25 percent) and players (25 percent) accounting for the remainder. The following eight RSL players are under consideration for the midseason game:

POSITION    PLAYER
GK          DJ Countess
DF          Eddie Pope
DF          Rustin Pierce
MF          Chris Brown
MF          Brian Kamler
MF          Clint Mathis
MF          Andy Williams
FW          Jason Kreis

SEASON TICKETS STILL SELLING BRISKLY:

Real Salt Lake season ticket packages, now pro-rated following the first four games, remain on sale. The RSL 2005 season ticket package now features 17 games, including the remaining 12 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 right here.

REAL ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM:

The Real Elite Training Program is a progressive summer training program for boys and girls ages 8-16 with previous playing experience and a strong desire to reach their maximum potential. There are a total of 20 sessions, three days a week and two hours per day. The benefits of the program include: exposure to the highest level of training; specializing in technique, tactic, fitness and teamwork; training from RSL soccer players and coaches; and adidas training shirts and ticket voucher to a select game. For more information, contact Teresa Nelson by phone at (801) 924-8565, by email at tnelson@RealSaltLake.com or by logging onto http://real.saltlake.mlsnet.com/MLS/rsl/player_development/.

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.


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