Player Development Update - December 3

Gil with Generation adidas, RSL-AZ in Winter Showcase, Open Combine announced


MF Luis Gil Comes off Bench in Generation adidas’ 2-1
Win over Real Madrid Reserves;

RSL-Arizona Squads to Take Part in this Weekend’s 2010
US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Phoenix;

Grande Sports World to Host RSL Open Combine Dec.
16-18 in Casa Grande, AZ


Utah / CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Friday, December 3, 2010)
– The
ever-shrinking offseason for Major League Soccer has begun, but there is still
plenty of news surrounding Real Salt Lake on the player development side of the
Utah club’s operations:


Luis Gil Comes off Bench in Generation adidas’ 2-1 Win over Real Madrid

Real Salt Lake MF Luis
has joined 18 fellow members of the MLS Generation adidas
program on a 10-day trip to Madrid, Spain, a journey which began with an
overnight flight on Monday and will include exhibition contests against reserve
sides from a trio of Spanish First and Second Division clubs before their
return stateside next Thursday.


The MLS contingent
got past perhaps its biggest test of the tour on Thursday, when the Generation
adidas squad posted a 2-1
victory over Real Madrid Castilla
, the reserve side for Real
, on the strength of first half goals by Teal Bunbury (Sporting KC)
and Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew). Gil would come off the bench for FC Dallas
coach Schellas Hyndman’s team, playing the final 18 minutes in place of former
RSL-Arizona product and current Houston Dynamo member MF Danny Cruz.


The Generation adidas
team will practice daily at Real Madrid’s “City of Football” training complex
through Monday before closing out the tour with matches against the Rayo
Vallecano FC reserves on Tuesday and the Atletico Madrid reserves on Wednesday.
It won’t be all business for the young MLS’ers while abroad, as the squad will
have ample opportunities to soak in the sights and sounds of Madrid, including
the chance to take in a La Liga fixture over the weekend and Real Madrid’s UEFA
Champions League contest against Auxerre on Wednesday at the famed Santiago


MLS Generation adidas
2010 Tour Roster

Corben Bone, Baggio Husidic, Sean

Crew: Dilly Duka

Dallas: Peri Marosevic, Brek Shea, Andrew Wiedeman

Dynamo: Danny Cruz

Angeles Galaxy: Tristan Bowen

York Red Bulls: Juan Agudelo, Tony Tchani

Union: Jack McInerney, Danny Mwanga, Amobi Okugo

Portland Timbers:
Jeremy Hall

Real Salt Lake: Luis

Jose Earthquakes: Ike Opara

KC: Teal Bunbury

FC: Stefan Frei

and Staff (FC Dallas):
Schellas Hyndman, Andrew Michael Keeshan, Marcus Owens,
Joshua Watts


Squads to Take Part in this Weekend’s 2010 US Soccer Development Academy Winter
Showcase in Phoenix

The RSL-Arizona Academy will have a
home-field advantage of sorts this weekend, when the program’s U15/U16 and
U17/U18 teams will be among the dozens of clubs taking part in the 2010 US
Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase
at the Reach 11 Soccer Complex
in Phoenix (2425 E. Deer Valley Road). All 78 clubs that comprise the US Soccer
Development Academy will be represented at the tournament, including U15/U16
and U17/U18 teams representing 14 Major League Soccer sides. The RSL-Arizona
U17/U18 squad will feature a pair of Salt Lake City natives that have joined
the residency program at its home base of Grande Sports World in Casa Grande,
Ariz. – defender Phanuel Kavita and defender Maikon Orellana.


Both RSL-Arizona Academy squads will take to
the field first on Saturday against their counterparts from the famed IMG
Academy of Bradenton, Fla., with the U18’s kicking off at 9:00 a.m. and the
U16’s to follow at 11:15 a.m. (all times PT), both matches taking place on
Reach 11’s Field #5. RSL-Arizona will then close out play against a pair of
Texas-based programs, first taking on the Dallas Texans on Sunday (U18’s @
10:00 a.m., U16’s @ 12:15 p.m.; both on Field #16) before wrapping up on
Tuesday against Texas Rush Auxerre at 1:30 p.m. (U18’s on Field #3, U16’s on
Field #2).


Sports World to Host RSL Open Combine Dec. 14-16 in Casa Grande, AZ

Real Salt
has announced the team will host its 2010 RSL Open Combine
from December 14-16 at the prestigious Grande Sports World training
center in Casa Grande, Ariz.
Members of the RSL First Team staff and
RSL-Arizona Academy Director Greg Vanney
will be on hand to conduct sessions and evaluate players for the upcoming 2011 MLS
SuperDraft, as well as players to track for 2012.

The goal
of the RSL Open Combine is to identify quality players who have flown under the
radar for any number of reasons. Real Salt Lake and the RSL-AZ Academy take
pride in their programs’ hard-work, character, and team-first mentality, and
are looking for players that will mesh with these core philosophies.

participating in the RSL Open Combine will eat, train and sleep at the
Francisco Grande Hotel and Gold Resort, which is adjacent to the Grande Sports
World complex. The registration fee for the combine is $350.00, which includes
meals, hotel accommodations, and the trial fee. Players who perform
well in the Open Combine may be asked to stay for the “invite-only” combine,
following from December 16-18.

interested in securing a spot in the RSL Open Combine must fill out and submit
the RSL Pro Soccer Combine application and waiver and make payment via fax or
U.S. Mail. To receive more information or request an application for the RSL
Open Combine, please contact Mike Munoz by phone at 510-717-3155 or via email
at For
more information on the host facility, visit Grande Sports World’s website,
located at, or
their Facebook page, located at /