Real Salt Lake News Stand: Friday, February 24, 2012

Plenty to catch up on with the Claret-and-Cobalt as you head into the weekend!

It’s a “mixed bag” Friday here at the RSL News Stand, with some of the highlights including props by USsoccer.com for an RSL-Arizona Academy standout, Garth Lagerwey’s weekly visit to ESPN 700’s “Bill Riley Show” and some looks at what to expect across the MLS preseason landscape this weekend …

 

#RSL Tweets of the Day

  kirsoccer ‏ @KIRSoccer

RSL-AZ's Jordan Allen named USSDA Player of the Week bit.ly/wFT4vC

  Isaac Halasima ‏ @TIsaacHalasima

So "Believe" RSL, just crossed the 41,000 mark. And fans from Scotland, England, Australia, Ireland, Mexico, and all over have shown love

 

The RSL 3-Day Forecast

Saturday, February 25: FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup: Game #2 vs. LA Galaxy – 6:00 p.m. MT (LIVE streaming video feed on MLSsoccer.com)

Sunday: February 26: Regeneration training, no on-field practice session scheduled

Monday: February 27: Practice at Kino Sports Complex – 11:00 a.m. MT

*** Please note that, unless otherwise indicated, RSL training sessions are entirely open to members of the media and public. While all RSL players and coaches are scheduled to be available for interviews following training session, media members looking for availability for specific players can arrange their requests through RSL Asst. Director of Media Services John Koluder at 801-918-5050 or jkoluder@RealSaltLake.com.

 

RSL’s “Quick Restarts”

  • RSL welcomed trialist John Owoeri into the team’s camp on Thursday, and the 25-year-old forward will be available for RSL in its second contest of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup Saturday night against the LA Galaxy. The Nigerian striker last played for Egyptian side Ismaily SC, and his resume also includes the Nigerian Under-20 side’s run to the FIFA U-20 World Cup back in 2005. Click here for an updated RSL preseason roster in advance of tomorrow’s DDC Matchday #2.
  • Friday is a busy day both on and off the field for RSL, as the squad wrapped up a morning training session at the Kino Sports Complex before going through a different training session in the afternoon – this one involving the newer players on the squad getting put through the paces of how to work with the media. RSL color analyst Brian Dunseth and MLS reps Dan Courtemanche and Gabe Gabor will be putting the guys through the presentation, and fans should be on the lookout for Dunseth’s “ambush” of youngsters Nico Muñiz and Sebastian Velasquez that followed today’s practice late next week as part of the RSL Insider, presented by AT&T behind-the-scenes series.
  • Real Salt Lake would like to congratulate RSL-Arizona Academy midfielder Jordan Allen on being named the Week 22 “Peak Performer” by USsoccer.com in its weekly “Across the Academy” feature. The talented winger has been one of two players invited to train regularly with the RSL first team during its two trips to Arizona, alongside central defender Carlos Salcedo. A link to the full “Across the Academy” update can be found in the News Stand section below.

 

RSL News & Notes

(AUDIO) ESPN700Sports.com: GM Garth Lagerwey on the “Bill Riley Show” – Thursday, Feb. 24

The Salt Lake Tribune: Real Salt Lake’s Rimando among U.S. players headed to Italy

SI.com: Western Conference Notes – Star-filled Galaxy primed to repeat, Dallas’ conundrum …

USsoccer.com: Across the Academy – Feb. 23 [Player of the Week: RSL-AZ’s Jordan Allen]

RSL Soapbox: A busy weekend for Real Salt Lake fans

Goal.com: Friday Five: Preseason fare allows fans and players to prepare …

Soccer by Ives: MLS Preseason – A look ahead

 

MLS/US Soccer News & Notes

MLSsoccer.com: Starting XI: Top 11 questions heading into the weekend

MLSsoccer.com: Road Trip to First Kick: Dunseth in Arizona

(VIDEO) MLSsoccer.com: Feilhaber’s bicycle kick goal vs LA

The Atlantic: Can soccer heal Tucson’s wounds?

USsoccer.com: The MNT Blog: USA-Italy Q & A with Jurgen Klinsmann

FOXsoccer.com: Klinsmann set to see Dempsey-Donovan duo

Goal.com: Fan Poll: Should soccer leagues around the world have an All-Star game?

Goal.com: Four observations from Jurgen Klinsmann’s latest U.S. national team roster …

Soccer By Ives: Friday Kickoff: Cruyff joins Guadalajara, Wambach named co-captain and more

The Original Winger: MLS launches totally retooled Live Streaming of MLS games via “MLS Live”

Bleacher Report: Who are the all-time MLS Best XI?

SB Nation: Hans Backe either doesn’t understand MLS roster rules or is just playing dumb

SB Nation: Earthquakes get final approval from city to start building new stadium

IMS Soccer News: Final preparation for US U-23 Men’s National Team concludes in Dallas

USsoccerplayers.com: Major League Soccer’s player search