Weekly update: Friendly Jamaicans
SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake (5-14-4, 19 pts., 5th West) will host its second-ever international friendly on Wednesday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m. MT at Rice-Eccles Stadium against Jamaica's Harbour View Football Club. One week later, RSL turns its focus towards 2004 MLS Cup Champions D.C. United (11-7-5, 38 pts., 3rd East) at RFK Stadium on Wednesday, August 31 at 5:30 p.m. MT, live Fox Sports Network Rocky Mountain.
Founded in 1974, Harbour View is named for a neighborhood in Jamaica's capital city, Kingston. Distinguishable by its blue-and-yellow colors, Harbour View has won Jamaica's FA Cup four times, represented Jamaica in CONCACAF Confederations Cup on multiple occasions and produced Jamaica's most prolific stream of international players. Harbour View's contributions to MLS include Onandi Lowe, Fabian Tayor, Damani Ralph, Wolde Harris and Robert Scarlett. Jamaica's 2005 Gold Cup team was led in part by Harbour View's Jermaine Hue, Jermaine Taylor and Luton Shelton.
Other ticket prices for this international match are consistent with single-game pricing ($14 for north goal, $18 for corner flag, $25 for premier east and $32 for VIP west). Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Utah Ticket Office at 451 South 1400 East, logging onto www.utahtickets.com or by contacting the Rice-Eccles Ticket Office at (801) 581-UTIX. Groups of 20 or more should contact Real Salt Lake by calling (866) 9-SOCCER.
RSL PLAYERS VISITING SLC SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS ON WEDNESDAY: Real Salt Lake and the Salt Lake City School District continues its "Welcome Back to School!" incentive program by honoring students who attended the first day of school on as RSL players will appear in the remaining 30 school campuses on Wednesday, August 24 in support of the program. The Sierra Mist "Dribble, Pass and Score" competition - Major League Soccer's free youth skills contest - will be installed in the physical education curricula of each school, while RSL players will make regular visits to various age groups and discuss a variety of topics throughout the fall on an education/teamwork tour.
1280 THE ZONE TO AIR HARBOUR VIEW EXHIBITION GAME: Real Salt Lake's flagship English-radio partner, 1280 AM The Zone, has tagged the Harbour View exhibition as a $12.80 ticket night for P-1 listeners. The specially-priced $12.80 tickets will be available at all 1280 remotes leading up to the games, at various appearances by the Zone Girls and the RSL Street Team, at the 1280 AM and RSL offices, and on www.1280thezone.com and www.RealSaltLake.com.
TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR WEEK OF August 22, 2005:
**All practices are open to Media members. All times and locations are subject to change.
DAY/DATE SITE TIME (MT) Tuesday, August 23 Spence Eccles Fieldhouse 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 24 GAME vs. Harbour View FC 7:30 p.m. Rice-Eccles Stadium Thursday, August 25 Ute Soccer Field 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 26 Ute Soccer Field 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27 OFF DAY
RSL INJURY REPORT:
PLAYER STATUS INJURY DF Eddie Pope PROBABLE L ankle sprain DF Gustavo Cabrera PROBABLE L knee sprain DF Rustin Pierce PROBABLE R hamstring strain
RSL RESERVES TALLY SECOND WIN AGAINST THE SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: With a group of players tallying more than 41,000 minutes of Major League Soccer playing time, Real Salt Lake reserves (2-5-1, 7 pts.) added its second win of the season in a 2-1 win against the San Jose Earthquakes (4-2-2, 14pts.) at Trailside Park in Park City, Utah. RSL's two goals were scored by MF Clint Mathis and FW Adam Acosta, while FW Julian Nash notched the lone goal for the Earthquakes.
San Jose tested RSL goalkeeper D.J. Countess early in the first half, scoring in the 6th minute when DF Noah Merl played a through ball into the center for FW Julian Nash who slotted a left-footed shot to the right of Countess. Just 25 minutes later, MF Adolfo Gregorio started a series of one-touch passes, connecting with FW Jamie Watson, who slipped the ball to Mathis. Mathis then found FW Dante Washington on a give-and-go as Mathis, the 2002 U.S. World Cup star, rocked a shot past Earthquakes 'keeper Jon Conway in the 31st minute ending the first half 1-1.
RSL began the second half with a flurry of substitutions to add to its push for its second win of the season. Both teams battled for possession and for the game winning goal throughout the second half with the final goal coming in stoppage time. DF Seth Trembly gave a ball to Watson, who dribbled down the left side of the box, juked Conway and then dished the ball to Acosta, who tallied what proved to be RSL's game-winning goal.
¡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. Advanced registration ends on Wednesday, September 14. To register and for more information, call (866) 965.7484, log onto www.mlsfutbolito.com or email info@MLSFutbolito.com.
JOIN THE JUNIOR LOYALISTS: RSL invites local youth fans ages 14 and under to join the RSL Kids Club, known as the Chevron Junior Loyalists! The next replica giveaway will be on Saturday, Sept. 3 where registered Jr. Loyalist members will receive a FREE replica Real Salt Lake soccer ball! Kids 14 and under can sign-up to be a Jr. Loyalist at more than 90 participating Chevron locations along the Wasatch Front. The New England Revolution game represents the fourth of five Junior Loyalist "build-a-uniform" dates, with the other RSL memorabilia nights as follows:
DAY/DATE OPPONENT GIVEAWAY Saturday, Sept. 3 New England Revolution RSL soccer ball Saturday, Sept. 24 Columbus Crew RSL uniform bag
Pick up a registration form at any of the more than 90 Wasatch Front Chevron locations!
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 at the fans section of RealSaltLake.com.