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25 January 8:57 pm

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - Real Salt Lake’s Jeff Cassar ran his first training session as Claret-and-Cobalt head coach on Saturday night, putting the team through its opening practice of 2014 with a light session at the RSL-Arizona Academy in Casa Grande, Ariz.

“It feels awesome, it really does,” Cassar said of getting his first practice under his belt. “Just to see the guys having fun, touching the ball, seeing smiles on their faces, that was the goal of this first session. Tomorrow it’ll get tough.”  

RSL arrived in Casa Grande on Saturday afternoon, settling in here at Grande Sports World before kicking it around for about 90 minutes in the evening. The team will be back at it on Sunday with a double session.

 

23 January 1:45 pm

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) took over @ussoccer earlier on Thursday, answering fan questions for a few minutes from USMNT camp in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Check out a few highlights of Rimando’s Twitter takeover below:

Here's our personal favorite: 

Yes, Nick, you're still on the team. Can't wait to have you back in RSL camp once your USMNT stint wraps up. 

 

20 January 11:19 am

RSL midfielder Sebastian Velasquez made a big change late last week, breaking our hearts by cutting his signature rattail last Thursday

 

 

Velasquez has had a wild ‘do since being drafted by RSL in 2012, with his trademark bleached Mohawk/rattail combo earning plenty of love – and a little consternation – across the Wasatch Front. His hair even earned him a nickname among the RSL faithful, with fans dubbing him Rufio in honor of a look-alike character from the early-90’s movie Hook.

Here’s another peek at Velasquez’s new look:

 

 

We’ll talk to Seba – and his teammates – about rattail-gate when preseason opens later this week. Stay tuned...

 

20 January 10:55 am

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar stopped by ABC 4's Real Sports Live on Sunday night, sitting down with ABC 4's Wesley Ruff for an interview. 

Cassar and Ruff rapped for a few minutes, with RSL's new boss chatting about his hiring process, his desired style of play, his initial thoughts on the job and a few of his favorite things. Check out the full interview up above. 

RSL's commentary team of Bill Riley and Brian Dunseth also chatted about RSL, breaking down a few things ahead of the team opening preseason camp on Saturday. Give their segment a watch here

16 January 4:54 pm

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Chris Kamrani wrote a very nice piece Thursday afternoon on RSL first round SuperDraft pick Ryan Neil. The piece is a great introduction to the Cal-Berkeley product, who projects as a defender for the Claret-and-Cobalt. Give it a read here.

Neil shared several interesting details with Kamrani, with one of the more interesting tidbits coming at the end of the piece. As Kamrani notes, Neil has ties to Utah, with his older sister having attended BYU, often going to RSL matches at Rio Tinto Stadium when she lived in in the Beehive State. The 22-year-old California-native visited his sister in Salt Lake on multiple occasions, and quickly became a fan.

Here’s the money quote, as told to Kamrani: “I’ve been to Salt Lake many times,” Neil said, “and I love it.”

And for those of you wondering, no, Neil is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His sister, however, is LDS.

 

16 January 2:43 pm

Real Salt Lake selected defender Ryan Neil in the first round of Thursday's 2014 MLS SuperDraft, drafting the University of California outside back with the 18th overall pick.

Check out highlights from Neil's four-year career at Berkeley above. 

(And yeah, we're aware he's listed as a midfielder in the video. He'll line up as a defender for RSL.)

15 January 2:35 pm

Real Salt Lake Analyst Brian Dunseth – a.k.a. the hardest working man in MLS – is in Philadelphia this week, where he’ll host the 2014 MLS SuperDraft from the Penn Convention Center on Thursday morning.

Dunny will be working the in-house crowd at the SuperDraft, but you’ll likely see at least a cameo or two of him on the ESPNews broadcast of the event, which will begin at 10 a.m. MT on Thursday. The SuperDraft consists of four rounds this year, with the first two rounds held Thursday in Philly and rounds three and four held next Tuesday via conference call.

Real Salt Lake has one pick on Thursday, with the Claret-and-Cobalt holding the 18th overall selection in the first round. RSL does not currently have a second round selection, but the team does have a pick in both the third and fourth rounds, owning the 53rd and 70th overall selections.

Make sure you tune-in to the SuperDraft on ESPNews on Thursday morning – and look for Dunny! 

13 January 10:45 am

U.S. Soccer recently sat down with RSL’s Luis Gil, Colorado’s Shane O’Neill and Seattle’s Deandre Yedlin at the USMNT’s training camp, talking to the three former U-20 teammates about their experiences at their first senior camp.

Check out the video above to hear the 20-year-old Gil’s thoughts on being with the senior team. Sounds like Luis’s experience has been a positive one so far.

Gil, O’Neill, Yedlin, RSL’s Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando and the rest of the national team left Southern California on Sunday, heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil for a 12-day training camp at the site of this summer’s World Cup. The 26-man USMNT roster will return to California later this month, wrapping camp with a Feb. 1 friendly against South Korea. Gil, Beckerman and Rimando will join RSL’s preseason camp following the Feb. 1 match at StubHub Center.

 

12 January 5:52 pm

U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Sunday that all 26 players in the USMNT's annual January camp will travel to Brazil for 12 days of training in a "dry run" for this summer's World Cup. 

RSL's Kyle Beckerman, Luis Gil and Nick Rimando will all travel to Brazil with the USMNT. Klinsmann initially planned to trim the roster to 23 players for the trip to Brazil, but an excellent week of training determined the entire 26-man group would travel. 

"We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the group in the first week," Klinsmann said on USsoccer.com. "The players came in very fit and have done really well in training. Therefore, we believe they have all earned a chance to go to Brazil for these next 12 days. We are excited about getting down to Sao Paulo and continuing the work. This is a huge opportunity to get to know our environment for the World Cup." 

Beckerman, Gil, Rimando and the rest of the USMNT will finish off camp on Feb. 1, when they'll take on South Korea at 3 p.m. MT at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.  The RSL trio will join the Claret-and-Cobalt for its second leg of preseason in Irvine, Calif. on Feb. 4.