Weekly update: Crew clash
SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake (0-4-1, 1 pt., 6th West) continues its current homestand when it faces the Columbus Crew (1-3-1, 4 pts., T-3rd East) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. MT.
As an added value to RSL season ticket holders and fans, Viewmont and Davis High Schools from Region 4 will face each other in the first-ever Utah High School Athletic Association competition in RSL's history as part of the Comcast Pre-Game High School Series. The game will be featured as part of Comcast's Video-on-Demand service.
Before returning to Rice-Eccles on May 20, May 27 and June 3 to complete the current stretch of five home games out of six, RSL hits the road May 13 for its rematch versus the Los Angeles Galaxy (2-2-1, 7 pts., 3rd West) at The Home Depot Center on Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 p.m. MT, live on Fox Sports Net Utah.
POPE, KLEIN TO DISCOVER WORLD CUP FATE TUESDAY AT 4:00 PM: RSL DF Eddie Pope and MF Chris Klein discover their role in the United States' World Cup Team plans when U.S. Manager Bruce Arena unveils the names of the 23-man roster Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. MT on ESPN's SportsCenter. Costa Rican MF Douglas Sequeira has been named to the provisional 28-man roster for his native country's World Cup squad, with the final roster to be named no later than Tuesday, May 9. RSL players and coaches will be available tomorrow via conference call following the announcement for reactions. Details regarding the conference call and TV availability will be released Tuesday morning.
RSL TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR WEEK OF APRIL 30, 2006:
**All practices are open to media members. All times and locations are subject to change.
DAY/DATE SITE TIME (MT) Tuesday, May 2 Rice-Eccles Stadium 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 3 Rice-Eccles Stadium 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 4 Rice-Eccles Stadium 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 5 Rice-Eccles Stadium 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 6 GAME vs. Columbus Crew 7:00 p.m.
KREIS TALLIES GOAL NO. 102: RSL FW Jason Kreis notched his second goal of the 2006 campaign in the 3-2 loss versus the 2005 MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy on April 29. Kreis one-touched a point-blank shot inside the left post past LA GK Steve Cronin in the 6th minute to give RSL the 1-0 lead. The play started when DF Carey Talley played the ball through to FW Jeff Cunningham, who dummied it in the midfield to an onrushing MF Andy Williams, who dribbled into the right side of the box and crossed it to the far post for Kreis.
PAIR OF FIRSTS FOR RSL ROOKIES AS SECOND-HALF SUBS SPARK OFFENSE: St. Kitts & Nevis native and rookie FW Atiba Harris notched the first goal of his MLS career 28 minutes into the second half of RSL's 3-2 loss versus the Galaxy on April 29. Moroccan rookie MF Mehdi Ballouchy contributed his first MLS assist when he played a ball to Kreis just to the right of the goal box, Kreis drove in a low cross that Harris hit with a one-touch shot inside the right post in the 74th minute. Harris has started only one game in an RSL uniform, the season-opening 3-0 loss to CD Chivas USA on April 2, and has been a frequent substitute in four of RSL's five matches.
RESERVES LOOKING TO EXTEND UNBEATEN STREAK TO FOUR: Harris sparked the RSL reserves to a 3-0 win Sunday against the Galaxy reserves with a pair of goals - both off MF Christian Jimenez assists - to ensure that RSL's reserve team remains atop the MLS Reserve standings with a 2-0-1 record. Following a 2-2 tie against CD Chivas USA, a 1-0 victory versus FC Dallas and the 3-0 win over Los Angeles, MF Ryan Johnson leads the attack for RSL with two goals and one assist followed by Harris' two goals. Real Salt Lake Reserves (2-0-1, 7 pts., 1st) play the fourth match of its 12-game season against the Columbus Crew Reserves this Sunday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. MT in Park City. Media interested in attending the match should contact the RSL Media Relations Department for more details.
RSL PLAYERS AND COACHES ON LOCAL RADIO: Real Salt Lake's weekly 15-minute block on 1280 The Zone continues tomorrow Tuesday, May 2 at 8:30 a.m. MT, as Manly Morning Show hosts David James and Patrick Kinahan welcome RSL Head Coach John Ellinger. RSL MF Chris Klein will be featured live on the Bill Riley Show on KALL 700 AM tomorrow Tuesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. MT. Klein has played in 205 regular season matches, including 188 starts, tallying 40 goals and adding 46 assists. His first goal for RSL was selected as the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week for Week 2 with 39 percent of the votes against FC Dallas on April 9. In the game's 36th-minute, MF Andy Williams tapped the ball to Klein who launched a free kick just outside the arc some 25 yards from the FC Dallas net to give RSL the first goal of the 2005 season. RSL GK Scott Garlick continues his weekly show with Ryan Hatch and David Fox on "Hatch and Hollywood" at 2:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday, May 3. Garlick joined RSL, along with MF Carey Talley, on November 22, 2005 in exchange for a portion of an allocation with FC Dallas.
JERRY SEINER / RSL COACHES SHOW ON KALL 700 AM: RSL invites fans to join RSL players, coaches and front office staff at the Jerry Seiner Salt Lake dealership's Iceberg Café located at 1530 South 500 West every Thursday for the weekly "Jerry Seiner/RSL Coaches Show" at 6:00 p.m. MT. The KALL 700 Bill Riley Show will broadcast LIVE each week at Jerry Seiner Salt Lake from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. MT, with Coach Ellinger and RSL personalities featured during the final hour.
Each week, fans can compete against players, coaches and each other in the X-BOX FIFA 2006 Challenge. Supporters will compete to qualify to play in the Carnival Real X-BOX competition at every home game, where an X-BOX will be given away to the most outstanding player. RSL's next 2006 X-BOX FIFA Challenge will be Saturday, April 29 at Carnival Real when RSL takes on the Los Angeles Galaxy at Rice-Eccles Stadium at 2:00 p.m. MT. Carnival Real opens at 1:00 p.m.
2006 RSL TICKET PACKAGES ON SALE: RSL 2006 ticket packages are on sale and fans can now purchase full season, half season, the "High-Five" pack and flex season 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. Fans can also purchase single-game tickets 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. Finally, fans can purchase The KFC Colonel's Corner $12 ticket voucher, the club's most affordable single-game ticket, by visiting any of the 36 KFC® restaurants in Utah.
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 18 sessions, three days a week, and two and a half 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 two 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: The Official Camp and Clinic of Major League Soccer is NOW the Official Camp & Clinic of Real Salt Lake! NEW for 2006, Fantasy Camp and focused Team Training experiences. To find out more about all of RSL's Youth Development Programs, call Scott Reynolds at (801) 924-8575 or by email at SReynolds@RealSaltLake.com. To partner with RSL to host MLS Camps in your community, call us today.
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.