Weekly update: RSL to host FCD
OPPONENT -- NOTE
7/23/2005 -- FC Dallas -- Western Conference leaders have outscored RSL 5-0 entering Pioneer Day contest (Fireworks)
7/30/2005 -- Sierra Mist All-Star Game -- RSL DF Eddie Pope starts in his ninth career MLS All-Star game, live on ABC
8/6/2005 -- Chivas USA -- Expansion battle concludes the season series on Hispanic Heritage Night live on ESPN2
8/10/2005 -- New England Revolution -- RSL makes its first visit to Gillette Stadium face Eastern Conference power
8/13/2005 -- Kansas City Wizards -- RSL scored twice on the road at Arrowhead Stadium in previous meeting
8/20/2005 -- San Jose Earthquakes -- San Jose lead the series 1-0-1 after a convincing 3-0 win at Spartan Stadium
8/31/2005 -- D.C. United -- First tilt vs. 2004 MLS Cup Champions for Real Salt Lake
9/3/2005 -- New England Revolution -- East power heads west to face RSL in the Beehive state
KREIS RESUMES HUNT FOR CENTURY MARK ON SATURDAY AGAINST DALLAS: RSL FW Jason Kreis, Major League Soccer's All-Time Leading Scorer and the team's first acquisition prior to the 2005 MLS Expansion Draft last November, pursues the century mark this weekend against his former club, FC Dallas. Kreis advanced one goal closer to career goal #100 on July 4 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, when MF Clint Mathis lofted a ball into the box for Kreis who went up to play the ball and was knocked to the ground by MetroStars DF Carlos Mendes. Kreis lined up for his own spot kick with the potential tying goal on the line, and after taking a moment to regain his wind, he buried the ball just inside the post to tie the game scoring goal No. 97 in the 90th minute.
BROOME READY FOR SHOWDOWN AGAINST HOMETOWN TEAM: Recent RSL acquisition via trade from Los Angeles, DF Paul Broome, made his RSL debut by replacing FW Jordan Cila and playing the final 17 minutes in the team's 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday. The Dallas native hopes to see additional minutes against his former team this Saturday when RSL plays FC Dallas at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Broome started 64 games and played four and half seasons with the Dallas Burn before being traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 11, 2003.
RSL FINISHES WIZARDS GAME WITH FOUR ROOKIES ON THE FIELD: RSL Head Coach John Ellinger added some youthful energy to the lineup in the 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Wizards last Saturday, when rookie DF Michael Lookingland got his first start of the season, playing a full 90 minutes and lining up in the central defense alongside DF Brian Dunseth. MF Kenny Cutler made his seventh consecutive start this season since becoming a regular fixture in the holding midfielder position. FW Jamie Watson, who started his first game and scored his first professional goal on June 22 in a 1-1 draw against the Galaxy, was the fourth rookie injected into the lineup in the 56th minute as a substitute for MF Clint Mathis. The fourth rookie was MF Luke Kreamalmeyer who entered the game in the 34th minute for DF Brian Kamler and added his first assist of the 2005 season just 10 minutes later when he connected a cross with FW Jordan Cila in the 44th minute.
FC DALLAS REVIEW: During RSL's first meeting against FC Dallas on April 23, during Week Four at the Cotton Bowl, was the team's second loss of the season in a 3-0 defeat. FC Dallas took the lead four minutes into the game when MF Richard Mulrooney sent a direct kick past RSL GK DJ Countess. In the 29th minute Dallas doubled the lead as FW Eddie Johnson blasted a low left-footed drive home. The final goal came in the 63rd minute after FW Carlos Ruiz was fouled in the area and took his own penalty. RSL was reduced to 10 men in the 72nd minute when DF Eddie Pope was ejected from the game when he picked up his second-ever red card for a questionable foul.
RSL's second game against the Western Conference leaders was on June 4 as part of the U.S.-Costa Rica doubleheader in front of over 40,000 fans. In the 22nd minute, FC Dallas FW Abe Thompson beat the RSL defense and faced a one-on-one with RSL 'keeper DJ Countess. Countesses stretched to make a finger tip save, but MF Ronnie O'Brien managed put the ball in the net off the deflection, giving Dallas the 1-0 lead. O'Brien broke through the RSL defense for a second time in the 58th minute when he snuck between two defenders to fire off a rocket. RSL breathed a momentary sigh of relief when Countess made a nice kick save, but the ball bounced out to Thompson who easily slotted Dallas' second goal of the night into the back of the net.
1280 THE ZONE TO PROVIDE EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF REAL MADRID-LOS ANGELES GALAXY FRIENDLY: KZNS 1280 AM The Zone, "First with Sports" across Utah's Wasatch Front, Real Salt Lake's English-language radio flagship and the home of Utah's highest-rated sports radio programming, will broadcast LIVE from The Home Depot Center tonight's international friendly between Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy Monday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. MT. Real Salt Lake and 1280 AM The Zone will provide live streaming of the Real Madrid-Los Angeles Galaxy friendly on both organization's official websites, www.RealSaltLake.com and www.1280thezone.com.
USMNT TO PLAY HONDURAS IN SEMIFINALS OF GOLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team beat Jamaica 3-1 on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., to advance to the semifinals of the Gold Cup. The U.S. will face Honduras at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Thursday, July 21 at 4:00 p.m. MT. RSL MF Andy Williams played 90 minutes for the "Reggae Boyz" on Saturday and scored one goal and added one assist during the Jamaican National Team's 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign.
REAL SALT LAKE IN THE COMMUNITY
DUNSETH & WASHINGTON COOKIN' IT UP WITH CAPUTO ON KSL: Real Salt Lake DF Brian Dunseth and FW Dante Washington are joining Caputo's Market & Deli Owner Tony Caputo on the KSL Noon News cooking segment on Tuesday, July 19 at 12:00 p.m. MT to help whip up a tasty dish. The RSL players are going to assist with the preparation of the ingredients, the cooking, and of course, the tasting of the final entrée. Caputo asked Dunseth and Washington to be a part of his show after the players attended one of Caputo's cooking classes and demonstrated great potential in the kitchen.
BEHNCKE TO FACE SOCCER TRIVIA: Real Salt Lake DF Matt Behncke will be put to the test at the Basin Recreation Summer Camp on Wednesday, July 20 by youth campers and their counselors. As a part of Behncke's visit, campers will ask soccer trivia questions trying to stump the professional soccer player and in return, he will test their soccer knowledge. Behncke will also be leading a fun, mini-clinic for the campers teaching foot skills, leading drills and explaining some of the strategies of the game. Behncke will be at Trailside Park located in Park City from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. MT.
RSL PLAYERS GIVING THEIR PUSH FOR PIONEER CUP: Real Salt Lake has partnered up with the directors of the Pioneer Cup Soccer Tournament and Kickin' It For Kids, a soccer charity organization, to encourage local team participation helping to generate funds to aid impoverished young athletes and children throughout the world. RSL DF Brian Dunseth and FW Dante Washington will join co-sponsors on Thursday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. MT for a sponsor appreciation dinner at Cottonwood Heights Soccer Complex. In addition, RSL teammate Nelson Akwari will appear at the tournament on Friday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. MT to sign autographs and interact with the youth soccer participants.
RSL STARS JOINING PIONEER DAY CELEBRATIONS: Real Salt Lake joins the Pioneer Weekend festivities debuting the first Real Salt Lake Float. RSL team members will be riding on the float at the Bountiful Handcart Days Grand Parade on Friday, July 22 beginning at 6:00 p.m. MT to help celebrate this year's theme, "Pioneer Memories and Vision." The RSL float will also be featured in The Days of '47 Youth Parade on Saturday, July 23 televised on KSL 5 TV at 10:00 a.m. MT following the route throughout downtown Salt Lake City. The youth parade's theme is "Our Pioneer Heritage - A Living Legacy."
TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR WEEK OF July 17, 2005:
**All practices are open to Media members. All times and locations are subject to change.
DAY/DATE SITE TIME (MT) Tuesday, July 19 Rice-Eccles Stadium 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 20 Rice-Eccles Stadium 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21 Rice-Eccles Stadium 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 22 Rice-Eccles Stadium 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23 GAME vs. FC Dallas 7:30 p.m. @ Rice-Eccles Stadium
RSL INJURY/ NATIONAL TEAM DUTY REPORT:
PLAYER STATUS INJURY DF Rustin Pierce OUT R hamstring strain GK DJ Countess PROBABLE L shoulder sprain DF Paul Broome PROBABLE L ankle sprain MF Leighton O'Brien PROBABLE L toe sprain DF Eddie Pope OUT USMNT, Gold Cup
FIVE DAYS AND COUNTING TO PIONEER DAY SUMMER SOCCER EXPLOSION: Real Salt Lake invites the Utah community to experience the final fireworks extravaganza when RSL matches up against the Western Conference leaders FC Dallas on Pioneer Day, Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. MT. The night will be filled with world-class soccer and Utah's most spectacular fireworks show. The July 23 fireworks show is presented by Siegfried and Jensen, KSL 5 TV and Simmons Radio Group. Ticket prices for the fireworks extravaganza is $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.
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 socks and shinguards! 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!
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.