Rusty Pierce

RSL falls 4-1 to Wizards in Tulsa

SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake DF Rusty Pierce scored RSL's only goal in the 56th minute in a 4-1 loss against the 2004 Western Conference Champion Kansas City Wizards at the University of Tulsa Track and Soccer Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.

RSL started the first half on an upbeat note, with the team surging forward for the first 25 minutes of the half. The Wizards rallied back, but neither team was able to capitalize with the first half ending 0-0.

At halftime, Ellinger made one substitution, bringing on DF Brian Dunseth for FW Clint Mathis. Dunseth took DF Rusty Pierce's spot in the defense with Pierce moving to the holding midfield spot. This move pushed Jamaican international MF Andy Williams to the forward position alongside Major League Soccer's all-time leading scorer, FW Jason Kreis.

Just 16 minutes in the second half, RSL MF Luke Kreamalmeyer served a ball from the wing into the box for Pierce, who finished off the chance with a header in the 56th minute. The Wizards then went on a run, scoring four goals in 20 minutes. Its first goal came when MF Chris Klein crossed a ball into MF Diego Gutierrez who tapped the ball into the goal in the 70th minute.

Klein picked up his second assist in the game when he connected with MF/FW Jack Jewsbury, adding Kansas City's second goal in the 72nd minute. Klein eventually scored a goal of his own in the 84th minute when Jewsbury layed the ball of Klein who shot from outside adding the Wizards third goal. The final game of the half came with one minute left as Gutierrez served a freekick into the box for MF Davy Arnaud, who headed the ball into goal in the 89th minute with the game ending 4-1. The Kansas City Wizards outshot Real Salt Lake 17-6 while Countess notched six saves.

Real Salt Lake's inaugural game is seven days from tonight at 5:00 p.m. MT in East Rutherford, New Jersey, at Giants Stadium against the MetroStars. Three weeks from today, Real Salt Lake officially brings Major League Soccer to Utah with a home-opening first regular-season encounter versus Colorado at Rice-Eccles Stadium on April 16, live at 1:00 p.m. MT.

Real Salt Lake vs. Kansas City Wizards (March 25, 2005 - UT Soccer/Track Stadium - Tulsa, OK)

Team             1st  2nd   Total
Real Salt Lake    0    1      1                                              
Colorado Rapids   0    4      4

Scoring Summary:
RSL - Pierce (Kreamalmeyer) 56'
KC - Gutierrez (Klein) 70'
KC - Jewsbury (Klein) 72'
KC - Klein (Jewsbury) 84'
KC - Arnaud (Gutierrez) 89'

Today's lineups were as follows:

REAL SALT LAKE
GK - Countess; DF - Behncke, Pope (Cila 83), Akwari, Pierce; MF - Kreamalmeyer, Kamler (O'Brien 69), Williams, Brown; FW - Kreis, Mathis (Dunseth 46)

2005 RSL PRESEASON RESULTS/SCHEDULE
(Dates/times subject to change)

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 16 Chivas USA The Home Depot Center - Carson, Calif. 2-2 T 5-2-3
Saturday, March 19 Colorado Rapids LaPorte HS, LaPorte, Texas 2-2 T 5-2-4
Friday, March 25 Kansas City Wizards UT Soccer/Track Stadium, Tulsa, Okla. 4-1 L 5-3-4
Saturday, March 26 Return to Salt Lake City, Utah Off until Monday, March 28

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE: Real Salt Lake single-game tickets for its inaugural 2005 season at Rice-Eccles Stadium went on sale today 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. 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.

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 consist of Youth (15 and younger) and 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 www.RealSaltLake.com or by contacting the Real Salt Lake Ticket Office at (866) 9-SOCCER.

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.