Warm Up For Exhibitions

Warner's Goal Caps 2-1 Victory for Yellow Side

The first glimpse of what the 2010 edition of Real Salt Lake
could look like came today at the club's training camp at the Francisco
Grande Resort
, where the reigning MLS Cup champs participated in
its first intra-squad scrimmage of its 2010 preseason. In the scrimmage,
which was contested in three 20-minute periods, goals by FW Pablo
and MF Collen Warner would lift the Yellow squad to a
2-1 victory over its Red counterpart, which received its lone goal from
FW Fabían Espíndola.

The Red team had the session's first quality chance seven minutes in
when Espíndola sprang FW Tino Nuñez into the area with a
perfectly weighted through ball, but the third-year striker was forced
wide by a hard-charging GK Tim Melia and hit the subsequent shot
into the right side-netting. The scrimmage's first goal came from the
Yellow side at the 15-minute mark, the play starting in the back with a
clearance by DF Kris Banghart that was won at midfield by Warner.
After finding newcomer FW Abe Thompson, the veteran striker
played a lengthy give-and-go with Campos that resulted in the Brazilian
getting behind the Red's backline and finishing from 12 yards out past
GK Kyle Reynish, who flew off his line trying to force a quick
attempt on goal.

The Reds came out in the second period and controlled the bulk of
possession, but could not find the goal to pay off its work on the ball.
Nuñez and Espíndola would come close though, the former's attempt in
the 23rd minute whistling past goal, while the latter's left-footed
screamer from 20 yards out four minutes later forced the best out of
Reynish, who leapt and extended fully to his right to tip the
Argentine's effort just over his crossbar. Dangerous moments were also
created by the Reds at the end of the period, but MF Javier Morales
couldn't shuffle his feet in time to connect with a corner kick that
fell to his feet at the left post in the 38th minute, while MF Nelson
well-placed free kick to the top of the six was narrowly
missed by DF Chris Schuler's diving header attempt.

The Reds would finally push through at the start of the third stanza, MF
Ned Grabavoy's industrious work on the ball and ability to
achieve the endline softening up the defense for a cross into the six
that was easily finished by Espíndola on the doorstep, tying the
scrimmage at 1-1. But five minutes from the end of the scrimmage the
Yellows would jump back on top when a series of passes across the field
to the right flank ended at the feet of Warner. The rookie midfielder
touched the ball back to the left before uncorking a low shot that took a
deflection off a defender's leg, which wrong-footed GK Sean Milligan
and snuck just inside the far left post.

Real Salt Lake News & Notes

• Only two guest players took part in today's contest - GK Sean
, who tended the nets for Dartmouth last fall, and M/F Donny
, a product of the RSL-Arizona Under-17 Program.

• The other goalkeeper that was a guest for the opening days of Real
Salt Lake's spring training, Colombian Carlos Ortiz, made his final
appearance at training yesterday and has departed the squad's Casa
Grande camp.

• Real Salt Lake will train this afternoon and once more on Friday
before beginning its exhibition schedule in earnest this Saturday,
Feb. 20
against USSF Division 2 side - and 2011 MLS expansion team -
Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the match kicking off at Francisco
Grande at 4:00 p.m. MT. Real Salt Lake's full 2010 Preseason
slate is listed below.

• Fans can receive updates from all of Utah side's preseason affairs as
they occur via Real Salt Lake's official Facebook page and Twitter feed, while the team's official
website, RealSaltLake.com, and blog, Behind
the Shield
(located at RSLtotheCore.com)
will also provide comprehensive coverage of the Claret-and-Cobalt's
preseason matches.

Real Salt Lake 2010 Preseason

RSL Intra-squad Scrimmage (60 minutes)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Francisco Grande Resort - Casa Grande, Ariz.

Scoring Summary:

YELLOW - Pablo Campos (Abe Thompson) 15

RED - Fabian Espíndola (Ned Grabavoy) 41

YELLOW - Collen Warner (Andy Williams) 55

Yellow Line-up (4-4-2): GK-Tim Melia (Sean Milligan 20) (Melia
40); DF-Robbie Russell, DF-Kris Banghart (Jamison Olave 20), DF-David
Horst (Banghart 40), DF-Raphael Cox; MF-Alex Nimo (Warner 40), MF-Collen
Warner (Donny Toia 20), MF-Andy Williams, MF-Will Johnson; FW-Abe
Thompson, FW-Pablo Campos

Red Line-up (4-4-2): GK-Kyle Reynish (Milligan 40); DF-Tony
Beltran (Davis 40), DF-Rauwshan McKenzie (Nat Borchers 20), DF-Chris
Schuler (McKenzie 40), DF-Justin Davis (Chris Wingert 20); MF-Ned
Grabavoy, MF-Jean Alexandre, MF-Javier Morales, MF-Nelson González;
FW-Tino Nuñez, FW-Fabían Espíndola

Real Salt Lake 2010 Preseason Schedule (subject to change)

Feb.13-27: Preseason Trip #1 to the Francisco Grande Resort in Casa
Grande, Ariz.

Sat., Feb. 20 - RSL v. Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Francisco Grande Resort
- 4:00 p.m. MT

Fri., Feb. 26 - RSL v. Colorado Rapids - Francisco Grande Resort - 4:00
p.m. MT

March 5-21: Preseason Trip #2 to Charleston, S.C.

Sat., March 6 - RSL v. College of Charleston - Time/Location TBD

7th Annual Carolina Challenge Cup - Blackbaud Stadium in Daniel
Island/Charleston, S.C.

Sat., March 13 - RSL vs. D.C. United - 3:00 p.m. MT

Wed., March 17 - RSL vs. Charleston Battery - 3:00 p.m. MT

Sat., March 20 - RSL vs. Toronto FC - 3:00 p.m. MT

Sat., Mar. 27: Real Salt Lake 2010 MLS opener at San Jose Earthquakes
(7:00 p.m. MT, live on Fox Soccer Channel)

Thur., Apr. 1: Real Salt Lake at Houston Dynamo (7:00 p.m. MT, live
on ESPN2)

Sat., Apr. 10: Real Salt Lake 2010 Rio Tinto Stadium opener vs.
Seattle Sounders FC (7:00 p.m. MT)