SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. today declared that Saturday, August 20 will be "Jason Kreis Day" in celebration of RSL captain and FW Jason Kreis becoming the first-ever player to break the 100 career-goal threshold. The official declaration follows:
GOVERNOR HUNTMAN'S OFFICIAL "JASON KREIS DAY" DECLARATION:
Whereas, the Real Salt Lake (RSL) Major League Soccer team has strengthened Utah's reputation as a world-class place in which to live, work, and play;
Whereas, Utah's families now have another clean, affordable, family-friendly entertainment option;
Whereas, RSL's Captain, Jason Kreis, has become the first player in Major League Soccer history to score 100 career goals;
Whereas, Kreis has demonstrated a decade-long commitment to excellence, selflessly putting team goals above those of the individual;
Whereas, Kreis, his wife, Kim, and his sons, Kason and Jake, represent a shining example of the family values held dear in the State of Utah; and,
Whereas, Utah's diverse community of soccer fans and players now have a new hero to bring people of all backgrounds together;
Now, Therefore, I, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., do hereby declare Saturday, August 20, 2005, as
Jason Kreis Day
KREIS CHOSEN FOR 19-MAN SELECT TEAM ROSTER TO FACE REAL MADRID ON AUGUST 23: Real Salt Lake today announced that captain and FW Jason Kreis has been selected to the 19-man Major League Soccer Select Team roster that will travel to Spain to face nine-time European champions Real Madrid in the 27th annual Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu at 1:30 p.m. MT on Tuesday, August 23, live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español.
Kreis joins a star-studded MLS Select Team, led by New England Revolution Head Coach Steve Nicol, features representatives from every MLS club including Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Ronnie O'Brien (FC Dallas), Youri Djorkaeff (MetroStars) and the League's leading scorer Jeff Cunningham (Colorado Rapids). The 19-man roster will be comprised of 13 American players and six international stars (Djorkaeff, O'Brien, Amado Guevara, Shalrie Joseph, Jaime Moreno and Douglas Sequeira).
The Omaha, Neb., native became the first-ever Major League Soccer player to break the 100 career-goal threshold, scoring in the 72nd-minute in Real Salt Lake's 4-2 home loss to the Kansas City Wizards on August 13.
The players will depart to Spain following the League regular season matches scheduled between Friday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 21. The New England Revolution will contribute a league-high three players while five other clubs will be represented by two players. The MLS delegation traveling to Spain will include Commissioner Don Garber and Deputy Commissioner Ivan Gazidis.
The event on August 23 will mark the first time that an American squad will play for the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu in the history of the competition, which traditionally represents Real Madrid's first game of the new season in front of its home fans and the final game before the start of the Spanish La Liga season. Real Madrid kicks off its domestic season on August 28 on the road against Cádiz.
First held in 1979 in honor of Real Madrid's legendary former president for whom the team's stadium is also named, the prestigious Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu has featured legendary teams throughout the event's history including Liverpool (England), A.C. Milan (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy), River Plate (Argentina), Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Santos (Brazil) and Benfica (Portugal).