Weekly update: Two-for-one week
SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake (2-3-2, 8 pts.) continues its run at home this week seeking revenge against expansion brethren CD Chivas USA (1-5-1, 1 pts.) at Rice-Eccles Stadium at 7:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday, May 18, and before taking to the road to face the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium at 5:30 p.m. MT on Saturday, May 21 live on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain.
On May 7, during Week Six, RSL faced CD Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center on May 7 in hopes of getting its first road win of the season. The game's only goal was scored by CD Chivas USA after a controversial handball call on RSL MF Marlon Rojas, giving Chivas' MF Hector Cuadros a penalty kick, which he converted in the 39th minute.
Real Salt Lake sustained multiple injuries during the 1-0 loss, including the 82nd minute departure of GK DJ Countess to a left shoulder subluxation, which forced him to miss the Los Angeles Galaxy rematch on Saturday, and a 30th minute injury to MF Clint Mathis (lower back contusion). Added to the loss of the two starters was MF Brian Kamler's insertion as RSL's goalkeeper for the last eight minutes after the injury to Countess forced the team to play with only ten players.
REVENGE SERIES CONTINUES: Real Salt Lake avenged its 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy on April 9 with a 2-1 victory Saturday at home, and hopes to remain undefeated at Rice-Eccles with a revenge match against CD Chivas USA. The game against Chivas represents RSL's first Wednesday night contest of the season, with RSL looking to continue the momentum from Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Galaxy.
RSL TRINIDADIAN DUO ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY: RSL MF Leslie "Tiger" Fitzpatrick and DF Marlon Rojas will not be available for the Wednesday, May 18 game against CD Chivas USA due to international duty after being called into Trinidad & Tobago's National Team camp this week. Fitzpatrick and Rojas rejoin their RSL teammates on Thursday, May 19 in Columbus, Ohio, and will be available for the road game against the Columbus Crew on Saturday, May 21 at Crew Stadium at 5:30 p.m. MT and for RSL's home game against the Chicago Fire the following week at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
T&T began training today at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Trinidad and concludes training camp with a game against El Salvador's Liga Mayor Alianza FC, which will be played at 4:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday, May 18 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad, as part of the preparation for the June 4 World Cup Qualifier against Panama at the same venue.
KREIS TO MISS CHIVAS REMATCH: RSL FW Jason Kreis will be out of action against CD Chivas USA for the Wednesday, May 18 rematch after picking up yellow cards in three consecutive games following Saturday's caution for diving and exaggeration when Kreis was taken down in the box in the 25th minute in the 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Major League Soccer's All-Time Leading Scorer notched the game-winning goal in the 65th minute, a tally which represents No. 95 for his 10-year career.
HOME SWEET HOME FOR THREE OF THE NEXT FOUR: RSL remains unbeaten at home this season with two wins and a draw, and continues the current home stretch of three out of the next four games at Rice-Eccles. The following is RSL's schedule during the next four games:
DAY/DATE OPPONENT TIME (MT)
Wednesday, May 18 CD Chivas USA 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 @ Columbus Crew 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 28 Chicago Fire 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 4 FC Dallas 8:00 p.m.
RSL INJURY/SUSPENSION/INTERNATIONAL 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 GK Noah Palmer OUT R shoulder cartilage tear FW Jason Kreis OUT Yellow card suspension MF Leslie Fitzpatrick OUT T&T National Team Camp DF Marlon Rojas OUT T&T National Team Camp
TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR WEEK OF May 16, 2005:
**All practices are open to Media members. All times and locations are subject to change.
DAY/DATE SITE TIME (MT) Tuesday, May 17 Rice-Eccles Stadium 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 GAME vs. Chivas USA 7:30 p.m. @ Rice-Eccles Stadium Thursday, May 19 Ute Soccer Field 10:00 a.m. TRAVEL to Columbus, Ohio 2:27 p.m. Friday, May 20 Crew Training Center 1:30 p.m. @ Obetz, Ohio Saturday, May 21 GAME @ Columbus Crew 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 RSL reserves @ Crew reserves 8:00 a.m.
SEASON TICKETS STILL SELLING BRISKLY: Real Salt Lake season ticket packages, now pro-rated following the first three games, remain on sale. The RSL 2005 season ticket package now features 17 games, including the remaining 13 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 at the fans section of RealSaltLake.com.
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.