RSL Weekly Update: April 6

Claret-and-Cobalt Getting Ready for Saturday's Home Opener

 

Real
Salt Lake Sends DF David Horst on Loan to USSF Second Division’s Puerto Rico
Islanders

Real Salt
Lake
today announced
that third-year defender David Horst has been sent on loan to the Puerto
Rico Islanders
for the club’s 2010 USSF Second Division schedule,
effectively immediately. The 24-year-old Horst – who can be recalled by Real
Salt Lake at any point during the tenure of the loan – joined the 2009/10
CONCACAF Champions League participants over the weekend and will be ready to
suit up for the Islanders when they open their USSF II schedule on April 21 at
Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel in San Juan against NSC Minnesota. The Old Dominion
University product and 2007 USL Premier Development League Defender of the Year
recipient while a member of the Hampton Roads Piranhas has suited up three
times in League play for Real Salt Lake, earning one starting nod during his
rookie campaign in 2008 and starting one of his two appearances during RSL’s
run to the MLS Cup title in 2009.


Real
Salt Lake Opens 2010 Rio Tinto Stadium Slate Saturday v. Sounders FC

After opening
its MLS Cup title defense with a pair of games on the road, Real Salt Lake
(1-1-0, 3 pts.)
will finally get the chance to play in front of the Rio
Tinto Stadium
faithful this Saturday, April 10, when the
Claret-and-Cobalt will welcome fellow Western Conference foe Seattle
Sounders FC (1-1-0, 3 pts.)
to Sandy. The 7:00 p.m. MT kick will be
preceded by a special pre-game ceremony beginning at approximately 6:30
p.m.
that will include the unveiling of the first Championship banner at
Rio Tinto Stadium and the issuance of the MLS Cup 2009 Championship rings to
the team’s players, coaches and ownership.

Tickets for
Saturday’s home opener are still available and can be purchased online at www.RealSaltLake.com and www.RioTintoStadium.com, over the
phone at 888-4-RSL-TIX (888-477-5849), and in person at the Rio Tinto
Stadium Box Office
weekdays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MT and on gameday
beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday’s
contest will mark Real Salt Lake’s 2010 broadcast debut on KUSG
(over-the-air Ch. 2.2/Comcast Ch. 111)
, with America First Credit Union
Pre-Match Report
coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. and including all
the pomp and circumstances of the on-field pre-game ceremonies at Rio Tinto
Stadium.  RSL fans can also follow the action live on the club’s radio
partners: KALL 700 Sports (coverage begins with America First Credit
Union Pre-match Report
at 6:00 p.m.), ESPN Deportes 1600-AM, and Magia
106.1-FM
.


RSL v. Sounders FC Series History

Real
Salt Lake and Sounders FC split their two meetings in Seattle’s expansion
campaign last year, beginning with SSFC’s 2-0 win at Qwest Field in RSL’s 2009
league opener on March 28. Real Salt Lake would even the series at Rio Tinto
Stadium on August 8, when a Robbie Findley goal was good enough to capture a
1-0 victory. The two sides also met in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifying play
a month after their first meeting on April 28, when the Sounders used a
two-goal, two-assist effort from Sebastien Le Toux to advance via a 4-1 win at
the Starfire Sports Complex in suburban Tukwila, Wash. Real Salt Lake and
Seattle will close out their 2010 series on Sept. 9, when the Utah side will
make its first visit to the Pacific Northwest venue since its MLS Cup 2009
triumph last November.


RSL on KALL: Lagerwey Joins Bill & Spence Today at
4:20 p.m.; Cassar Commandeers Coach’s Corner on Wednesday

With
the bevy of activity surrounding “Real Week 2010” in the upcoming days, Real
Salt Lake
and KALL 700 Sports are calling some audibles to make sure
fans can continue to get their RSL fix satisfied over the 50,000-wat
powerhouse’s airwaves this week. The switcheroo begins this afternoon at 4:20
p.m.
, when GM Garth Lagerwey will join the “Bill and Spence” show
for his weekly chat with hosts Bill Riley and Spencer Checketts.
With the team attending tonight’s premiere of the “It’s for Real” championship
DVD, the KALL 700 Sports RSL Coach’s Corner is switching up to
tomorrow night and switching coaches as well, as the always entertaining Jeff
Cassar
will join Bill & Spencer for the hour on all things RSL from 6:00-7:00
p.m.


“Real
Week 2010” Rolls On Leading up to Saturday’s Home Opener

Real Salt
Lake continues to count down the days leading up to Saturday’s home opener
during its “Real Week 2010” celebration, a weeklong schedule of events
designed to involve fans and build excitement towards the defending MLS Cup
Champions’ season debut at Rio Tinto Stadium. The various “Real Week 2010”
activities will engage RSL fans of all ages, allowing the League’s most
faithful followers opportunities to interact with the members of the team and
each other to build “RSL Nation” into a fervor as the squad gets ready to take
advantage of the best home-field advantage in Major League Soccer during its
second full season in Sandy. An updated schedule for the remainder of “Real
Week 2010” is listed below – for full details, click
here
or visit www.RealSaltLake.com.


Wednesday,
April 7 – RSL Supporters Summit

When:
6:30-8:30 p.m.
MT

Where: Club Real, presented by Budweiser, at
Rio Tinto Stadium (2nd floor)

Thursday,
April 8 – Fan for Life Fest

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. MT 

Where: East Lawn of Rio Tinto Stadium

Friday,
April 9 – “Rears for Real” Seat-sitting Fundraiser with KODJ’s Harmon in the Morning

When: Beginning at 9:00 a.m. MT

Where: Rio Tinto Stadium seating bowl

Want to help out Harmon? Click here to find out how!

Friday,
April 9 – RSL “Media Blitz” with MLS Cup Trophy

When/Where: Throughout afternoon at various media
outlets

 

 RSL Rewind: “Penalty Phase” Downs RSL at Dynamo

Real
Salt Lake would get its second fast start in as many road contests last
Thursday in Houston, but this time the lead wouldn’t last as the defending
champions were downed by the Dynamo 2-1 in front of 18,197 fans at Robertson
Stadium. The Utahns hopped in front just 17 minutes in, when a quick build-up
through FW Álvaro Saborío – making his first start in an RSL uniform –
and captain Kyle Beckerman ended at the feet of MF Javier Morales,
who continued his blistering start to 2010 with a slotted shot inside the right
post that would put the visitors up for the remainder of the first half. But
the second 45 minutes started roughly for RSL, a pair of challenges from DF Jamison
Olave
just three minutes apart leading to penalty kick opportunities that
were converted by Dynamo MF Brad Davis in the 53rd and 56th
minutes, giving Houston a lead it would manage to hold onto for the rest of the
contest.


Real Salt
Lake Schedule: April 7-11, 2010 (all times MT unless noted)
 

All RSL practices are open to
members of the media and the general public unless otherwise noted,
with media availability for all players and coaches to immediately follow each
session. Those planning on attending any session can confirm the time and
location of that day's training by calling 801-918-5050.


Wednesday, April 7: Training at XanGo Field – 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting)

Thursday, April 8: Off Day

Friday, April 9: Training at XanGo Field or Rio Tinto Stadium (TBA) –
11:00 a.m.

Saturday,
April 10: Real Salt Lake v. Seattle Sounders FC

  • Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
  • 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff (Pre-game ceremony begins at approx. 6:30 p.m.)
  • TV: KUSG (over-the-air Ch. 2.2/Comcast Ch. 111) (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Radio: KALL 700 Sports (coverage begins at 6:00 p.m.), ESPN Deportes 1600-AM, Magia 106.1-FM

  

Sunday,
April 11:
Off Day

RSL
Team Store’s 2010 Line Has Everything … Including Bling!

With
Real Salt Lake’s 2010 Rio Tinto Stadium opener a scant four days away, time is
running out for you to get over to the RSL Team Store and gear up for
the big game against Seattle! The new line of 2010 RSL merchandise has been
flying off the shelves the last couple of weeks, but it’s not too late to get
the latest and greatest in Claret-and-Cobalt, including the new line of RSL
Championship merchandise from Wincraft
. Some other new items coming into
the store include Wincraft’s U.S. Men’s National Team merchandise line (because
it’s never too early to start thinking about the World Cup!) and a
limited-edition MLS Cup 2009 Champions scarf in RSL team colors, the
latter of which should be hitting the store on Thursday.

If
you really want to dress like a champion, then the RSL Team Store will be able
to help you out starting on game night, as fans will be able to place their
orders for RSL championship rings immediately following the on-field
ring ceremony prior to the match, with four options available to choose from:
the introductory stainless steel ring ($175), the replica stainless steel ring
($300), the six-karat gold replica ring ($950), and a women’s pendant ($160).
Fans will be able to get sized for their “bling” from April 10-30 (order
must be paid in full at time of sizing), with the jewelry expected to arrive in
mid-May.

Make
sure to keep checking back in RSL’s Behind
the Shield
blog to see the newest gear as it arrives, or call the
RSL Team Store Hotline at 801-727-2888 to check ahead. The RSL Team
Store is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Make 2010 Your Best Season Ever by Becoming an RSL “Fan
for Life!”

Time is
running out to take full advantage of becoming an RSL “Fan for Life!”  In
2010, RSL Season Ticket Holders will have at least a 20% discount over
day-of-game pricing
in all general seating areas, and with packages
starting as low as $275 and payment plans available to help you stretch
your dollars leading up to the start of the Utah Side’s Championship defending
crusade, there’s no better time to lock in your seats than right now!

The 2010
Season Ticket Package includes the opportunity to watch Real Salt Lake defend
its MLS Cup crown in 15 MLS regular season contests and will also
contain five ticket voucher credits for designated exhibition and Cup
competitions
– including the team’s first-ever appearance in an
international club tournament, the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League
In addition to the chance to see some of the best soccer in the hemisphere in
one of the country’s premier soccer venues, the RSL 2010 Season Ticket Package
also includes the following benefits:

 - Discounted
rates for parking

 - 25%
off all items at the RSL Team Store


- An
invitation to the annual “Meet the Team Day” event

 - The
It’s for Real! commemorative DVD, chronicling RSL’s 2009
championship campaign

 - Pre-sale
access for all non-RSL events at Rio Tinto Stadium


- Season
Ticket Holder rate on additional RSL tickets

 - Personal
Account Manager Concierge Service and STH Hotline access

 - Special
Season Ticket e-Newsletter, featuring exclusive team-focused content

Fans looking to
purchase new RSL Season Ticket packages can call 801-727-2700 to lock in
their seats for the 2010 season, while those ’09 season ticket purchasers that
have yet to renew their packages can still try to reclaim last year’s seats by
calling the RSL Season Ticket Holder Hotline at 801-727-2702.
To see the full range of RSL 2010 Season Ticket package options and benefits,
click here or visit www.RealSaltLake.com.