Gameday Events v. L.A. Galaxy

Plenty going on around Saturday's MLS 2011 home opener

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Rio Tinto Stadium’s Opening Game of 2011
MLS Season Launches with Carnival Real at 5:00 p.m., Kickoff at 7:00 p.m.;

First 10,000 Supporters through the
Gates to Receive Free RSL 2011 Magnet Schedule;

RSL to Honor Memory of Copper Hills H.S.
Player Jose Ceballos during Pre-Game Ceremony;

Winner to be Decided in First-ever “RSL
Fan Food Challenge”


 After a soaked and stalwart season-opening victory at San Jose last week, Real
Salt Lake (1-0-0, 3 pts.)
will welcome one of its main Western Conference
rivals, the Los Angeles Galaxy (1-0-1, 4 pts.), to Rio Tinto Stadium for
the first home game of its 2011 MLS season tomorrow, Saturday, March
Kickoff for the battle between last season’s top finishers in
the MLS Supporters Shield race is set for 7:00 p.m. MT, and the first
10,000 RSL supporters
through the gates will be rewarded with a free
2011 magnet schedule
to commemorate the start of the new League season in

Tickets for this
highly-anticipated showdown are
limited, so fans are encouraged to
head to
to purchase their seats immediately. In addition, patrons can also visit the Rio
Tinto Stadium Box Office
from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday and beginning
at 10:00 a.m. MT on gameday to secure their seats for the match.

Ring in the
Start of the Season Starting at 5:00 p.m. with Carnival Real

Fans and families are
encouraged to arrive early on Saturday, as the good times and giveaways that
are always a part of the Carnival Real pre-game festival will begin on
the East Lawn of Rio Tinto Stadium two hours before kickoff at 5:00
p.m. MT
.  Saturday’s Carnival Real celebration will feature
music from the School of Rock Show Band on the main Carnival stage in
addition to booths and displays hosted by several of RSL’s partners, including:

Mountain America
Credit Union
Kick” challenge), KFC (“Bucket Brigade” giveaway), Burger King
(“Whopper Hopper” inflatable and Prize Wheel), XanGo (free samples), Budweiser,
Wasatch Property (“Real Nation” sign-up), Check City, and
Verizon Wireless.

When gates at Rio Tinto
Stadium open to the masses at 6:00 p.m., fans will also have the chance
to visit the Comcast and “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” booths,
located on the Stadium’s North Concourse. On the Northeast Concourse,
fans can interact with hosts Spencer Checketts and Trey Fitz-Gerald
during the ESPN 700 Pre-game Show and visit the RSL 2011
Season Ticket Headquarters
booth to ensure their spot at Rio Tinto Stadium
for the rest of this season’s exciting slate of matches.

RSL to Honor
Memory of Copper Hills H.S. & Blue Knights SC Player Jose Ceballos during
Pre-Game Ceremony

Prior to Saturday
night’s kickoff, Real Salt Lake will honor the memory of Jose Ceballos,
a member of the Copper Hills H.S. and Blue Knights SC soccer teams who
tragically lost his life as the result of an automobile accident this past
January. Utah’s MLS side will welcome the Ceballos family and his Copper Hills
teammates for the match, and will hold a moment of silence on behalf of the
17-year-old. In addition to being a standout teammate on the soccer field,
Ceballos was just as impactful off of it, having served as a tutor for
elementary school students in math and English as part of the Latinos in Action
service group and serving as a shining role model at Copper Hills and in the
West Jordan community.


Judges to
Decide Winner of First-ever “RSL Fan Food Challenge” on Saturday

Real Salt Lake’s first
annual “Fan Food Challenge” will culminate in the build-up to Saturday’s
kickoff against Los Angeles, when the recipes of the three finalists – Andrew
Layne, Sean Penman and Andrea Shelley
– will be scrutinized by a trio of
judges headed by Salt Lake Tribune food writer Kathy Stephenson. One of the
following three scrumptious creations from these RSL fans will have the honor
of hitting the Levy Restaurants concession menu at Rio Tinto Stadium throughout
the 2011 season, beginning with RSL’s next home contest on April 13 against

  • Potato Skin Popper (Andrew
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
    (Andrea Shelley)
  • Cuban Sandwich (Sean Penman)


RSL Team Store
Geared up for Big Weekend!

If you haven’t been to
the RSL Team Store at Rio Tinto Stadium lately, you’ll like what’s in
store, as the merchandise headquarters for all things Claret-and-Cobalt now has
more inventory than ever for RSL fans big and small in advance of the 2011
season! To get ready for the big game this weekend, the RSL Team Store will
host a live remote of ESPN 700’s Bill & Spence Show on Friday afternoon
from 2:00-6:00 p.m.
, with exclusive specials during the show including at
least 20% off the RSL size 5 adidas soccer ball ($15), youth jacket ($30), RSL
Climacool polo ($30) and long-sleeve performance T-shirt ($25).

On Saturday it’s all
about the scarves, as the brand-new set of four 2011 RSL Championship
collection scarves
– designating home (red), away (white), third kit
(gold), and retro (black) – will be available collectively for $80 or
individually for $30 (RSL Season Ticket Holders can use their 25%
discount on the individual price
). In addition, fans that “Like” the Facebook Fan Page of RSL
partner Mountain America Credit Union
and can take advantage of a
special coupon for Saturday’s match, good for $5 off the purchase of the RSL
size 5 adidas soccer ball and entry into a sweepstakes for a $100 VISA gift

To see the expanded line
of merchandise for men, women and children of all sizes, visit the RSL Team
Store during regular business hours, Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00
, and make sure to visit the RSL Team Store page
on for news
on when the latest RSL items will be hitting the shelves. If you have any
questions, feel free to dial up the RSL Team Store Hotline at 801-727-2888.

Miss the Lines,
Not the Game with RSLexpress!

The best way to “get
your snack on” at every Real Salt Lake game at Rio Tinto Stadium is through the
RSLexpress in-seat delivery service, powered by Mangia. Returning
for another season beginning with Saturday’s game against the Galaxy, Mangia is
making your life easier by offering a quick and convenient way for you to
get your food
– there’s no need to waste time in lines and you won’t have
to wait until halftime anymore! 

RSLexpress allows fans
to purchase food, drinks, and merchandise using their mobile phone, with their
order being delivered directly to their seat in just minutes! It’s easy to use
RSLexpress, and creating an account is free – just visit
to start enjoying in-seat delivery from a mobile device. For instructions on
ordering from an iPhone, the mobile web, or via text message, visit Mangia’s “How To” page, or call 877-762-6442.

U.S. Army Medic Nick
Moore to Be Honored as
Saturday’s RSL/American Express “Hero Among Us”

Real Salt Lake and
American Express
proud to recognize United States Army Medic Nick Moore as the lead-off
recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” award during the second year of the
community recognition program. A husband and father of two, Moore is currently
stationed in Fort Carson, Colo., and will be leaving on his first deployment
overseas later this spring after making the tough and valiant decision to put
others’ lives before his own by enlisting in the military a year ago.

Nick’s wife, Angela,
says that the two greatest loves in his life are his family and Real Salt Lake,
so it only makes sense that he requested to spend his last day of leave with
his family at Saturday’s match against Los Angeles at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real
Salt Lake and American Express were more than happy to oblige the request and
are honored to recognize Moore for his unselfish act of service and charity by
making him the first of several “Heroes Among Us” this 2011 season.

more information on the Real Salt Lake/American Express “Heroes Among Us”
program, including details on how to nominate candidates for the 2011 season
and biographies of last season’s recipients, visit the “Heroes Among Us”
page under the “Community” section of
In addition, candidate submissions can be returned via email to,
fax to 801-727-1469, or mail to the address below:

Rio Tinto Stadium

Attn: Heroes Among
Us/Shannon Stearns

9526 State Street

Sandy, Utah 84070


Group & Guest Recognitions

    “Mom of the Match”
    – Marsi VandenBos
  • Starting
    XI “Dream Team”
    – Wasatch Soccer Club
  • Ball
    – Wasatch Soccer Club
  • RSL/American
    Express “Heroes Among Us”
    – Nick Moore
  • U.S.
    Bank Little Leo of the Game
    – Jake Scheffner
  • RSL
    “Goal Gong” Ringer
    – jetBlue winner James Clarke
  • Pre-game
    Verizon Wireless “Parade of Kings” participants

    – Wasatch Soccer Club
  • Recognized
    : Family & Friends of Jose Ceballos, Wasatch Soccer
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