Nelson Akwari

RSL falls 2-0 to Recreativa Huelva

SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake finished its preseason training in Portugal with a stunning 2-0 loss to Recreativa Huelva, who currently sit No. 2 in the Spanish Second Division. RSL had several good chances in the first and second half with none of its opportunities resulting in a goal, and its preseason record falling to 5-2-2.

"Anytime you can play a professional team of this caliber outside the United States is a good thing," said head coach John Ellinger. "Recreativa Huelva is a very talented team but overall we got what we wanted out of our preseason training in Portugal. We wanted to be challenged and we were challenged."

Recreativa Huelva scored its first goal off a header when one its players made a breaking run down the left flank crossing the ball into the box and connecting with a fellow teammate in the 30th minute, putting them up 1-0 before the end of the first half. During the second half Recreativa Huelva went up 2-0 off a free kick when the ball deflected off the wall and sailed into the upper corner. RSL's defense stifled many of Recreativa Huelva attempts to penetrate throughout the entire game. The final preseason game in Portugal ended 2-0.

Today's RSL lineup was as follows:
GK - Nolly; DF - Behncke, Akwari, Knowles (O'Brien 77), Pierce; MF - Whitfield (Brown 75), Kamler, Williams, Kreamalmeyer; FW - Kreis, Selolwane

Date Opponent/Event Location Time/Result Record
Tuesday, Feb. 8 D.C. United IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla. 5-1 L 0-1-0
Thursday, Feb. 10 U.S. U-17 National Team IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla. 1-1 T 0-1-1
Sunday, Feb. 13 San Jose Earthquakes IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla. 1-0 W 1-1-1
Sunday, Feb. 13 Columbus Crew Spartan Stadium - Tampa, Fla. 2-0 W 2-1-1
Thursday, Feb. 17 Kansas City Wizards IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla. 3-2 W 3-1-1
Saturday, Feb. 19 U.S. Amateur Team IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla. 3-1 W 4-1-1
Tuesday, March 1 vs. Beira Mar Isla Canella, Spain 4-0 W 5-1-1
Wednesday, March 2 vs. Portimonense Albufeira, Portugal 1-1 T 5-1-2
Tuesday, March 8 vs. Recreativa Huelva Isla Canella, Spain 2-0 L 5-2-2
Wednesday, March 9 Return to United States OFF until Sunday, March 13
Saturday, March 12 RSL/adidas jersey unveiling Park City, Utah 6:00 p.m. MT
Monday, March 14 Training camp Redlands, Calif. until Thursday, March 30
Saturday, March 19 Colorado Rapids Dyees Stadium - Houston, Texas 6:00 p.m. MT
Friday, March 25 Kansas City Wizards UT Soccer/Track Stadium, Tulsa, Okla. 6:00 p.m. MT

RSL/adidas JERSEY LAUNCH: Everyone is invited when RSL and adidas will unveil Real Salt Lake's official 2005 jersey on Saturday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Lift Plaza in downtown Park City, UT, located at 825 Main Street just north of Heber Ave. Be the first to see the new Real Salt Lake jersey, the same ones the players will be wearing on the field during the club's inaugural season. For more information visit the community section of

Real Salt Lake season ticket packages for the inaugural 2005 season at Rice-Eccles Stadium are now on sale. The RSL 2005 season ticket package features 21 games, including all 16 MLS regular season games, four special bonus games and the highly-anticipated U.S.-Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier on June 4. Real Salt Lake's season ticket pricing consists of a Youth (15 and younger) and an Adult in four price levels. Prices for the 2005 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 and $500 ($400 youth) for VIP seats. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the RSL Ticket Office at 515 South 700 East, #2R, SLC, UT 84102, by logging onto or by contacting the Real Salt Lake Ticket Office at (866) 9-SOCCER.

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