Real Salt Lake will head to Denver this weekend for Saturday's crucial Rocky Mountain Cup Presented by Mark Miller Subaru match at the rival Colorado Rapids.
RSL sits squarely behind the eight-ball in the battle for the 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup, needing a win on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in order to keep the RMC for the seventh-straight year.
The last time the Claret-and-Cobalt was this close to losing the Rocky Mountain Cup was in 2010, when the Rapids - needing a win to take the Cup - led the Utah side 2-0 in the dying moments of the regular season finale. The Colorado colors were already attached to the trophy when Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio brought the Claret-and-Cobalt all the way back, scoring twice in stoppage time to give RSL the draw and the Cup.
Yes, Marcelo, soccer is indeed a cruel game.
Real Salt Lake Captain Kyle Beckerman skipped out on the usual halftime team talk at Wednesday's All-Star Game, ditching ASG Head Coach Peter Vermes' tactics discussion for a Google+ hangout with fans at Sporting Park.
Beckerman - who started and played the entire first half before getting subbed out at halftime - got a couple pretty off-the-wall questions, including one a piece from Sporting KC forwards Soony Saad and Dom Dwyer. Saad tried to get KB5 fired up, but Kyle - ever the savvy vet - didn't take the bait, putting the young striker in his place.
Check out Beckerman's entire Google+ hangout above.
Real Salt Lake has a solid history in the MLS All-Star Game, with Claret-and-Cobalt players seeing the field in five previous iterations of the match, including each of the last four.
That streak will extend to five on Wednesday night, when Kyle Beckerman will start for the MLS All-Stars against AS Roma at 7:00 p.m. MT at Sporting Parkon ESPN2 and UniMas. Fellow RSL All-Stars Tony Beltran and Nick Rimando could also see time in the match, though All-Star Head Coach Peter Vermes has already indicated that Rimando won't be starting.
Here's how RSL's All-Stars have fared on the field in past All-Star Games:
July 19, 2007 - The MLS All-Stars took on Scottish side Celtic FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, winning 2-0. Eddie Pope registered Salt Lake’s first All-Star minutes when he replaced Michael Parkhurst in the 83rd minute.
July 29, 2009 – The Rio Tinto Stadium All-Star Game saw three Real Salt Lake players take part in MLS’s penalty kick shootout loss, with Kyle Beckerman starting the game and playing the first half, Will Johnson entering for Beckerman and scoring in the shootout and Javier Morales coming on in the 64th minute.
July 28, 2010 - Facing European power Manchester United, Javier Morales and Jamison Olave started and Nick Rimando cleaned up in Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez’s Man. United debut, a 5-2 loss for MLS in Houston.
July 27, 2011 - Again playing the Red Devils but this time in New York, Jamison Olave made it a third-straight year with a RSL man in the First XI, famously besting Wayne Rooney in a foot race. Unfortunately, Olave got hurt shortly after chasing down Rooney, spraining his knee and missing five games upon his return to RSL. Kyle Beckerman also played, entering the match in the second half for Shalrie Joseph as the All-Stars fell 4-0.
July 25, 2012 - Squaring off against Chelsea at PPL Park, Kyle Beckerman represented the Claret-and-Cobalt as a sub, notching the game-winning assist on Seattle forward Eddie Johnson’s 91st minute goal to give the All-Stars a 3-2 win.
Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio netted his third career RSL hat trick on Saturday, putting in three in the Claret-and-Cobalt's 4-3 loss at the New York Red Bulls. Saborio's outstanding performance led to the MLS Player of the Week award, a MLS Goal of the Week nomination and a spot on the FIFA Ultimate Team of the Week.
Check out video of all nine goals from Sabo's three RSL hat tricks - last year against Portland, last year at Chivas USA and Saturday at New York - above.
Real Salt Lake has had its fair share of solid moments in the MLS All-Star Game over the years.
Here are a few of the Claret-and-Cobalt’s best moments from the ASG ahead of tonight’s match between the MLS All-Stars and AS Roma. Enjoy.
July 25, 2012: Kyle Beckerman delivers the game-winning assist to Seattle forward Eddie Johnson in the 91st minute of the All-Stars' 3-2 win over Chelsea FC.
July 27, 2011: The MLS All-Stars lost 4-0 to Manchester United at Red Bull Arena, but RSL defender Jamison Olave had a very memorable moment, showing tremendous speed to catch and then win the ball from Wayne Rooney in the first half of the match. Unfortunately, Olave sprained his knee later in the match, missing five games due to the injury.
July 29, 2009: Rio Tinto Stadium played host to the 2009 MLS All-Star Game with a sold-out crowd of 20,124 packing the RioT to see the MLS All-Stars fall in penalty kicks to English Premier League club Everton FC. Three RSL players saw action in the match, with Kyle Beckerman starting the game and playing the first 45, Will Johnson coming on for Beckerman and nailing a PK in the shootout and Javier Morales subbing on in the 64th minute.
Kyle Beckerman: RSL captain, U.S. international, MLS All-Star and best rapper in the league.
A bit of breaking news ahead of tomorrow's AT&T MLS All-Star Game, courtesy of soccer media maven Grant Wahl:
MLS All-Star coach Peter Vermes on live now on @SiriusXMFC 94. Says he's starting Beckerman, Davis, W. Johnson plus Henry, Zusi, Fernández.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 30, 2013
There you have it: According to what Sporting Kansas City/MLS All-Star Head Coach Peter Vermes told Wahl on Sirius XM radio on Tuesday afternoon, Real Salt Lake Captain Kyle Beckerman will start Wednesday's All-Star Game against Italian side AS Roma.
According to Wahl's tweet, Vermes also said that Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez will start in net for the All-Stars. That means no Nick Rimando in between the pipes for the All-Stars from the outset. Might we see him make a second half cameo?
No word yet as to whether or not RSL right back Tony Beltran is in Vermes's First XI.
The MLS All-Stars will take on Roma at Sporting Park at 7:00 p.m. MT on Wednesday night on ESPN2.
I know, I know, some of you might not like it, but both Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando chose Landon Donovan when asked by MLSsoccer.com at Tuesday's All-Star practice which fellow All-Star they'd like to take back to their team.
True to RSL's "Team is the Star" mentality, neither Beckerman nor Rimando opted to kick anyone off of the Claret-and-Cobalt.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy has announced August tryout dates for players born in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 years.
The tryouts will be held from Friday, Aug. 9th to Sunday, Aug. 11th at the Grande Sports Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Real Salt Lake sets the standard for imaginative, efficient soccer and the Grande Sports Academy/Real Salt Lake – Arizona teams run with the same philosophy. Soccer tryout are scheduled throughout the year to join the Real Salt Lake-AZ family.
As a member of the Real Salt Lake-Arizona family you will train like a professional, while developing your game in the US Soccer Development Academy system, the highest level of youth soccer in the United States.
We seek young student-athletes who want to be the best they can be. With exposure to many professional and college soccer coaches, our goal is to help you meet your soccer and academic dreams.
For more information on tryouts please contact:
Real Salt Lake will travel to Denver this weekend, taking on the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the deciding game of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup Presented by Mark Miller Subaru.
The Rapids - who got a little weird ahead of the April 6 match between the sides - started the hype machine for Saturday's match on Monday, calling their fans to "Defend the Fortress" by releasing the above video.
— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) July 29, 2013
We thought the phrasing was a little bit odd. Guess the Rapids don't know that Rio Tinto Stadium is The Original Fortress.
— Real Salt Lake (@RealSaltLake) July 29, 2013
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) July 29, 2013
— Real Salt Lake (@RealSaltLake) July 29, 2013