SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake today announced that it has waived senior roster midfielders Adolfo Gregorio and Diego Walsh. In addition, RSL has also released GK Chase Harrison to reduce its 32-man preseason roster to 28 to meet Major League Soccer's 28-man roster requirement by Wednesday, March 1, 2006.
Gregorio's rights were acquired via a trade with the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a permanent Youth International slot and First Round 2007 Supplemental Draft pick on June 29, 2005. The California native was featured in six games, with four starts, for RSL during the 2005 campaign. Gregorio was selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 15th overall pick in the Second Round of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft on January 16, 2004. He spent the 2004-2005 season with Darlington Football Club of the English League Two where he scored two goals in 24 games.
RSL acquired the rights to Walsh via trade with the Kansas City Wizards in exchange for a Third Round 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft pick on November 17, 2005. Walsh, a 25-year old who stands at 6-0, 180, spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Wizards where he played in 16 games, with 11 starts, and tallying 704 minutes. Prior to the Wizards, Walsh spent the 2003 season with the Columbus Crew who drafted him in the First Round (Seventh Overall) of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft on January 17, 2003. During his first MLS campaign, the Brazilian native played in 14 games with six starts and notched one goal in 612 minutes of play.
Harrison was a Third Round selection in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft on January 26. The Huntington, West Virginia native was an integral part of the Virginia Tech program and holds all but one goalkeeping school record including career minutes played (7,181), career goals against average (1.12), career shutouts (24), season minutes played (2062), season goals against average (0.94) and season shutouts (8) twice.
TREMBLY OUT FOR MOST OF THE 2006 SEASON WITH AN ACL INJURY: RSL General Manager Steve Pastorino and Head Coach John Ellinger announced today that MF Seth Tremby is out for most of the 2006 season with Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury to his left knee. The Colorado native played in 22 games, with 11 starts, and notched two goals for RSL during its inaugural season. The 23-year old was acquired via trade with the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a natural Fourth Round 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft pick on April 20, 2005.
SEQUEIRA JOINING COSTA RICAN NATIONAL TEAM FOR IRAN GAME: RSL MF Douglas Sequeira was called up to the Costa Rican National Team in preparation for a friendly match against Iran at the Azadi Stadium in Teherán, Iran on Wednesday, March 1. Sequeira recently played the final 20 minutes as a second half substitute for MF Carlos Hernandez in Costa Rica's 1-0 win over South Korea at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on February 11. He was an integral part of Costa Rica qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany from CONCACAF region. The 28-year-old has played at all major levels for the Costa Rican National Team, representing his country at the U-17 (1995), U-20 (1997) world championships and during the qualifying process for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He made his debut with the full Costa Rican national team in 1999.
RSL TENTH PRESEASON MATCH ENDS IN A 1-1 TIE AGAINST THE FAROE ISLANDS: RSL encountered some physical competition today in its 1-1 tie against the Faroe Islands at the Sunrise Hilton in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. RSL's goal was notched by MF Mehdi Ballouchy while the Faroe Island's lone goal was scored by MF Andrew Flotum.
The Faroe Islands began the first half with a surging attack and managed to get a shot off that went wide in the first minute. RSL returned the favor in the 12th minute when DF Chris Brown sent a deep ball down the right sideline to a streaking FW Atiba Harris. The St. Kitts-Nevis international beat his defender and found Ballouchy who put a shot on target tallying the first goal of the match.
In the 32nd minute, a group of RSL players put together a combination of one-touch passes almost leading to the team's second goal. FW Jeff Cunningham laid the ball off to Harris who found MF Andy Williams who then returned the ball back to Harris. The 21-year old fired a shot forcing the Faroe Island goalkeeper to make a diving save. RSL closed out the first half with Jamaican playmaker Williams picking up a red card in the 40th minute after a hard tackle.
RSL began the second half with a mass player substitution. With fresh legs and new energy, the teams resumed where they left off in the first half playing aggressive, physical soccer. The Faroe Islands continued to push for their first goal and would find it in the 86th minute. The ball came into the box and deflected around until it bounced out to Flotum who scored off a volley shot from six yards out.
RSL - Mehdi Ballouchy (Atiba Harris) '12
FRO - Andrew Flotum (unassisted) '86
Real Salt Lake - Jay Nolly (Noah Palmer, 45); Chris Brown (Gustavo Cabrera, 45), Nelson Akwari (Cameron Knowles, 45), Nikolas Besagno (Willis Forko, 45), Danny Torres; Kevin Novak (Ryan Johnson, 45), Carey Talley (Christian Jimenez, 45), Andy Williams (Kenny Cutler, 40), Mehdi Ballouchy (Joey Worthen, 28; Adam Acosta, 69); Atiba Harris (Jamie Watson, 45), Jeff Cunningham (Jeff Rowland, 45).
|Wednesday, Feb. 1||Training camp begins||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla. until Friday, Feb. 17|
|Tuesday, Feb. 7||U.S. Amateur||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||W 4-2||1-0-0|
|Wednesday, Feb. 8||MetroStars||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||W 2-1||2-0-0|
|Sunday, Feb. 12||Columbus Crew*||Spartan Stadium - Tampa, Fla.||L 0-1||2-1-0|
|Tuesday, Feb. 14||University of Central Florida||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||W 4-0||3-1-0|
|Wednesday, Feb. 15||Kansas City Wizards||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||W 2-1||4-1-0|
|Friday, Feb. 17||D.C. United||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||W 3-1||5-1-0|
|Friday, Feb. 17||Training camp continues||Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. until Thursday, March 2|
|Wednesday, Feb. 22||Viborg FF (Danish Superliga)||Sunrise Hilton - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.||L 1-2||5-2-0|
|Friday, Feb. 24||Florida International University||Sunrise Hilton - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.||W 2-0||6-2-0|
|Saturday, Feb. 25||Houston 1836||RRISD Athletic Complex - Austin, Texas||W 2-1||7-2-0|
|Tuesday, Feb. 28||Faroe Islands||Sunrise Hilton - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.||T 1-1||7-2-1|
|Friday, March 3||U.S. U-20 men's national team||Sunrise Hilton - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.||8:00 a.m.|
|Monday, March 6||Training camp continues||Salt Lake City, Utah until Sunday, March 12|
|Saturday, March 11||Columbus Crew||Lafayette, La.||5:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, March 16||Final leg of training camp||Univ. of Redlands, Redlands, Calif., until Friday, March 24|
|Friday, March 17||Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves||Home Depot Center - Carson, Calif.||11:00 a.m.|
|Sunday, March 19||Chivas USA||Univ. of Redlands, Redlands, Calif.||TBD|
|Saturday, March 25||University of Portland||Portland, Ore.||8:30 p.m.|
POPE JOINS BILL RILEY ON HOT TICKET 700 TOMORROW AT 5:05 P.M. MT: RSL and U.S. Men's National Team DF Eddie Pope will be featured live tomorrow on the Bill Riley Show on Hot Ticket 700 at 5:05 p.m. MT on Wednesday, March 1. Pope recently returned from anchoring the U.S. defense, and helped shut down FW Carlos Ruiz and the rest of the Guatemalan attack in his last game on February 19 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. In match against Guatemala he played a full 90 minutes along with RSL teammate MF Chris Klein for the U.S. and added his 77th career cap. The North Carolina product notched his seventh U.S. career goal in the 5-0 rout of Norway on January 29. Pope started and played in 20 games during the 2005 season, and tallied one goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 14.
RSL TO HOLD OPEN CASTING CALL FOR 2006 IMAGE CAMPAIGN: Real Salt Lake will be holding an open casting call on Monday, March 6 at a location yet to be determined, for the 2006 Image Campaign. RSL encourages fans to come out and be a part of the first ever casting call hosted by the professional soccer organization. Fans interested should R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org and will receive notification of further details.
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.
SINGLE-GAME TICKETS FOR ENTIRE SCHEDULE ON SALE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1: RSL today announced that single-game tickets for the entire 2006 season schedule will officially go on sale at the University of Utah Ticket Office, located at the Stadium's south end, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1. Previously single-game tickets were put on sale only for the RSL home opener against the MetroStars on Saturday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. RSL single-game tickets prices for the 2006 season are $16 for north goal, $20 for corner flag, $27 for premier east and $32 for VIP west. Beginning in March, KFC's 35 restaurants in Utah will be the exclusive sponsor and distributor of $12 tickets in Sections E40 and E41, which will now be known as the KFC Colonel's Corner. 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.
PURCHASE THE NEW 2006 RSL "HIGH-FIVE" PACK: RSL latest ticket plan option, the "High-Five" pack, is now on sale. Fans can now purchase a premium level seat on the East side of Rice-Eccles stadium for five of the 2006 season games plus receive one RSL T-shirt and a full 3x5 ft. RSL Flag with the package ($30 value) for $125. The "High-Five" pack includes our Home Opener against the MetroStars on Saturday, April 15, and the ESPN2 broadcast games against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, April 29 and Rocky Mountain rivals Colorado Rapids on Saturday, May 27, and RSL's two Fireworks Spectaculars against Chivas USA on Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day) and FC Dallas on Saturday, July 22 (Pioneer Day). You can purchase the "High-Five" pack 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.
2006 RSL SEASON, HALF SEASON AND FLEX TICKET PACKAGES ON SALE: The RSL 2006 season ticket package features 20 games, including all 16 MLS regular season games and four special bonus games. Real Salt Lake's season ticket pricing remains level with the 2005 prices, and consists of Youth (15 and younger) and Adult in five price levels. Prices for the 2006 season ticket packages are $200 adult ($180 youth) for the North Goal, $300 adult ($240 youth) for the Corner Flag, $400 ($320 youth) for East Sideline, $500 ($400 youth) for VIP and $1,000 ($1,000 youth) Club seats.
The 2006 half season plan features 10 games (to be announced once the MLS 2006 schedule is announced), including nine MLS regular-season games and one special bonus game. Real Salt Lake's mini-plan ticket pricing consists of Youth (15 and younger) and Adult in four price levels. Prices for the 2005 mini-plan season ticket packages are $130 adult ($110 youth) for the North Goal, $180 adult ($150) for the Corner Flag, $220 adult ($180 youth) for East Sideline and $300 adult ($230 youth) for VIP seats.
To add more options for fans, RSL is also offering 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 reason and how many tickets needed for that game. Prices for the 2005 Flex Package are $280 for the North Goal, $340 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.
All 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.
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