Weekly update: July 4 match on tap
SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake (3-9-3, 12 pts., 5th West) resumed training today in preparation for its game at Rice-Eccles Stadium against the MetroStars (5-4-5, 20 pts., 4th East) on Monday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m. MT. The team travels to Los Angeles the following Saturday to face CD Chivas USA (1-12-3, 6 pts., 6th West) at the Home Depot Center on Saturday, July 9 at 8:30 p.m. MT, live on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain. On April 2, during Week One, RSL played its inaugural game against the MetroStars, gaining its only road point to date in a 0-0 tie at Giants Stadium in weather conditions that included turbulent 50-mph wind gusts and torrential rain. The MetroStars saw several point-blank attempts turned away in spectacular fashion by RSL GK DJ Countess, while the RSL attack outshot the MetroStars, 15-11 for the game (including 14-5 in the second half).
KREIS ADDS ANOTHER GOAL IN HUNT FOR CENTURY MARK: RSL MF Jason Kreis, Major League Soccer's All-Time Leading Scorer, advanced one goal closer to the career century mark on Sunday at Chicago, firing a high, rising shot that left Fire GK Zach Thornton searching for answers. The blistering free kick is a nominee for the MLSnet.com Goal of the Week and can be viewed along with the other four Week 13 candidates by logging onto www.MLSnet.com.
Just a few minutes after scoring goal No. 96 in the 62nd minute at Chicago, Kreis narrowly missed career tally No. 97 when he sent a glancing header from the right corner of the six-yard box goes just past the far left post off an Andy Williams corner kick. Kreis has scored both RSL road goals, the first coming on April 9 during the 1-3 loss at Los Angeles. When Kreis rocketed home a free kick in the 62nd minute against the Chicago Fire, it halted RSL's road scoreless streak at 573 minutes and its goal drought on grass at 753 minutes.
TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR WEEK OF June 26, 2005:
**All practices are open to Media members. All times and locations are subject to change.
DAY/DATE SITE TIME (MT) Wednesday, June 29 Rice-Eccles Stadium 9:00 a.m. RESERVES TRAVEL to Spokane 11:30 a.m. RSL Reserves @ Spokane Shadow 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 30 Rice-Eccles Stadium 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 1 Spence Eccles Fieldhouse 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 2 Spence Eccles Fieldhouse 10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 3 Rice-Eccles Stadium 4:00 p.m.
RSL INJURY/NATIONAL TEAM DUTY REPORT:
PLAYER STATUS INJURY DF Brian Dunseth PROBABLE R groin strain DF Rustin Pierce PROBABLE R hamstring strain MF Chris Brown QUESTIONABLE L groin strain DF Eddie Pope OUT USMNT Camp
POPE WITH USMNT CAMP IN PORTLAND: RSL DF Eddie Pope joined the U.S. Men's National Team yesterday in Portland, Ore., and will train at Nike World Headquarters. The 23-player pool begins its preparation for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The 12-team tournament runs from July 6-24 in six cities across the United States. The USMNT will compete in Group B along with Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba, opening the tournament on Thursday, July 7 against Cuba at Qwest Field in Seattle at 8:30 p.m. MT, live on Telefutura. The U.S. continues group play against Canada on Saturday, July 9 in Seattle, Wash. at 2:30 p.m. MT live on Telefutura. Then the team heads East to finish out the opening round against Costa Rica at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, July 12 in Foxboro, Mass. at 5:00 p.m. MT.
WILLIAMS JOINING "REGGAE BOYZ" FOR GOLD CUP: RSL MF Andy Williams will join the Jamaican National Team on July 5 as it begins its preparation for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The "Reggae Boyz" will compete in Group C along with South Africa, Guatemala and Mexico, opening the tournament on Friday, July 8 against Guatemala at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. at 10:00 p.m. MT. The Jamaican National Team continues group play against South Africa on Sunday, July 10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles at 3:00 p.m. MT. Then the team heads East to finish out the opening round against Mexico at Reliant Stadium on Wednesday, July 13 in Houston, Texas at 8:00 p.m. MT.
FIRST SUMMER SOCCER EXPLOSION ONE WEEK AND COUNTING: Real Salt Lake invites the Utah community to experience two fireworks extravaganzas when RSL faces the MetroStars on Independence Day, Monday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. MT and against the Western Conference leaders FC Dallas on Pioneer Day, Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. MT. Both nights will be filled with world-class soccer and Utah's most spectacular fireworks show. The July 4 fireworks show is presented by KSL 5 TV and Simmons Radio Group. Ticket prices for the fireworks extravaganzas are $14 for north goal, $18 for corner flag, $25 for premier east and $32 for VIP west, and 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.
CARNIVAL REAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION STARTS EARLY: RSL invites fans to visit Rice-Eccles Stadium early for the Independence Day Celebration, with a special holiday edition of the team's pre-game festivities starting at 4:00 p.m. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. to allow fans additional access as several of Real Salt Lake's 37 sponsors plan to bring extra prizes and elements, including the CarSmart vehicle giveaway, dunk tanks, rock climbing walls and inflatables. Also kicking off at 4:00 p.m. will be the Utah Soccer Association men's unofficial championship game between XCEL, the defending champions and current #1 squad against Soccer International, the #2 team which currently includes former Columbus Crew midfielder Todd Miller, the only Utah-born player to ever play in Major League Soccer during the league's first 10 seasons.
RSL FANS VOTED NO. 1 IN LEAGUE POLL: In a surprise come-from-behind victory, Real Salt Lake fans were voted the best in Major League Soccer history last week, overtaking early leaders D.C. United in a poll on the league's official web site, MLSnet.com.
The 2005 expansion side rallied to surge past the four-time MLS Cup champions, despite having only played 14 games in their brief existence, half of which have been at their home field at Rice-Eccles Stadium. RSL fans have been some of the best and most vocal in MLS this season, averaging nearly 21,000 supporters for each home contest, including over 25,000 for their home opener on April 16 and over 40,000 for the June 4 doubleheader with the U.S. national team defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier.
Thirty-seven percent of respondents to the 10th season celebratory poll chose Real Salt Lake's fans as tops, while 23 percent voted for the supporters of the Black-and-Red. Taking the bronze-medal spot was another team that entered the league as an expansion side, the Chicago Fire, who joined MLS for the 1998 season. D.C. United fans have long been considered among the best in MLS, their raucous supporters often singing bouncing in RFK Stadium, even making the stadium rock and roll beneath their feet. Fire fans also have a reputation for getting behind their team with fervent enthusiasm. The Los Angeles Galaxy fans earned fourth place with eight percent of the vote, while the New England Revolution rounded out the top five with six percent.
RSL RESERVES TO PLAY THE SPOKANE SHADOW: The RSL reserves (0-5-1) return to the road this week to face the Spokane Shadow (7-4-0) of the Premier Development League on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at Joe Albi Stadium, Spokane, Wash., at 8:00 p.m. MT. This will be the team's first-ever meeting with Spokane, as the RSL reserves are still looking for its initial win of the season.
During its last game, RSL jumped on the scoreboard first against the San Jose Earthquakes on June 19 when SJ DF Chris Aloisi was called for a penalty in the crowded goal box, giving Real Salt Lake a penalty kick. RSL FW Jamie Watson took the kick, driving a shot on the ground past a diving SJ 'keeper Jon Conway to put Real up 1-0 in the 29th minute.
The Earthquakes got on the scoreboard in the beginning of the second half off a corner kick by DF Kevin Goldthwaite as FW Brian Ching met the cross in the box and blasted it into the right corner of the net in the 48th minute to even the score 1-1. Two minutes later, San Jose came roaring back to take the lead when FW Julian Nash floated a ball to the other side of the goal over the Real defenders to the far post meeting MF Chris Wondolowski who was waiting wide open at the back post and ran onto the ball to head it into the open net to put the Earthquakes up 2-1.
San Jose's final goal came when RSL DF Michael Lookingland fouled a streaking MF Ian Russell giving the Earthquakes a free kick in the 75th minute from 25 yards out. San Jose DF/MF Wes Hart stepped on the ball and rolled it to Goldthwaite for the free kick. Goldthwaite took a low, hard shot that went through the RSL wall and found its way inside the near post ending the game 3-1.
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, August 13 where registered Jr. Loyalist members will receive FREE replica Real Salt Lake shorts! Kids 14 and under can sign-up to be a Jr. Loyalist at more than 90 participating Chevron locations along the Wasatch Front. The Kansas City Wizards game represents the third of five Junior Loyalist "build-a-uniform" dates, with the other RSL memorabilia nights as follows:
DAY/DATE GIVEAWAY Saturday, Aug. 13 Replica socks / shinguards Saturday, Sept. 3 RSL soccer ball Saturday, Sept. 24 RSL uniform bag
Pick up a registration form at any of the more than 90 Wasatch Front Chevron locations!
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 Brian Dunseth DF Rustin Pierce MF Chris Brown MF Brian Kamler MF Clint Mathis MF Andy Williams FW Jason Kreis FW Dipsy Selolwane
GET YOUR FLEX ON WITH ONLY REMAINING SEASON TICKET OPTION: RSL's Flex Season Ticket Package is comprised of 20 vouchers in 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 significantly discounted from 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.
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.
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.