RSL News Stand: Friday, March 9, 2012

Week 1 previews and more season look-aheads dominate headlines heading into the weekend

Not that we’re counting, but just under 27 hours remain until Major League Soccer is back underway … and it might take you that long to plow through the plethora of links below detailing what RSL and the other 18 teams can look forward to not only in Week 1 action, but in season 17 of league play!

 

#RSL Tweets of the Day (@RealSaltLake)

Kyle Beckerman ‏ @KyleBeckerman

 “@rayraycope@KyleBeckerman @NickRimando Oh how sweet it is! Rio Tinto, just over a week. #realsaltlakepic.twitter.com/cVbzo51W”Your Ready!

Mikayla Rosqvist ‏ @MikaylaR_1232

That amazing feeling you get when your season tickets come in the mail. @NickRimando @KyleBeckerman #FanForLifepic.twitter.com/hsZQT3Ar

jonny steele ‏ @jonnysteele22

Fact of the day! A chicken is a dinosaur @NickRimando Hahahahah u better stop reading ur sons books #

Michael ‏ @SaltyGunner

One more day, one more day! I can't wait until tomorrow! #RSL

 

RSL Quick Kicks

  • After getting into the Los Angeles area in the early afternoon, the 18-man RSL travel party will go through one final practice in preparation for the season opener this afternoon on the ground of The Home Depot Center. Some encouraging news on the injury front has allowed MF Javier Morales and FW Álvaro Saborío to be a part of the travel roster for tomorrow night’s affair against the Galaxy – RSL’s full injury report will be included on the league’s official Friday  rundown, which will be available early this evening in the “News” section of MLSsoccer.com.
  • Real Salt Lake invites its fans to a pair of official Budweiser/RSL Viewing Parties for tomorrow night’s season opener against the LA Galaxy, as Dick N’ Dixie’s (479 East, 300 South; age 21+) and Bourbon House (19 East, 200 South) will both welcome members of “RSL Nation” with open arms and giveaways, beginning when the ABC4 Pre-game Show kicks off at 8:00 p.m.
  • For fans that need to start their interaction with fellow Claret-and-Cobalt faithful a little earlier on Saturday, the RSL Team Store at Rio Tinto Stadium will be the place to be starting at 10:00 a.m. MT, when giveaways will be issued to the first 50 fans through the doors. The fun ramps up from 1:00-4:00 p.m. during the “Road Game Rowdie” event, featuring merchandise specials, stadium tours and photo-ops, refreshments provided by Levy Restaurants, live music from DJ Sayo and much more!

 

RSL News Stand “A/V Club”

(VIDEO) MLSsoccer.com: 2012 MLS Season Preview built by The Home Depot: Predictions

(VIDEO) MLSsoccer.com: The Daily: First Kick is tomorrow, who’s playing who?

(VIDEO) ESPN Soccer: MLS 2012 Season Preview

(VIDEO) ESPN Deportes: Siente la emocion de la MLS

(AUDIO) MLSsoccer.com: Garber’s Preseason Teleconference – March 8

 

RSL News & Notes

The Salt Lake Tribune: Real Salt Lake: Jonny Steele has traveled a long road to RSL

The Salt Lake Tribune (RSL blog): League taking aim at ‘unsportsmanlike’ play and better officiating

Deseret News: Real Salt Lake’s 10 biggest goals ― and a save ― of 2011

Deseret News: Simulation has RSL finishing second in West

Deseret News: Real Salt Lake: A veteran returning core plus an influx of young talent …

Ahora Utah: La acción aguarda al Real Salt Lake

MLSsoccer.com: Lagerwey: MLS Cup and CCL knockout stages or bust

MLSsoccer.com: RSL expect Japan’s Tanaka to fit right into their system

Goal.com: Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis has an innovative solution to improve …

RSL Soapbox: Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy – 3 questions

Soccer By Ives: SBI Season Preview: Real Salt Lake

Sports Myriad: Real Salt Lake Preview

Under The Crossbar: Strength in Depth, 2012: The Midfield

 

MLS News & Notes

Yahoo! Sports: As MLS begins, Wynalda, league debate season, incentives

MLSsoccer.com: Kick Off: MLS set to begin with all eyes on the Cup

MLSsoccer.com: Starting XI: Top 11 questions heading into First Kick

Goal.com: Friday MLS Forecast: Week 1: Starting season 17 in style

SI.com: 2012 MLS Season Predictions

SI.com: Magic’s ‘Announcement’ Soars, NBC begins its MLS coverage

Soccer America Daily: NBC goes “Between the Benches”

NBC Sports: Pro Soccer Talk: #FirstKick in MLS; a quickie history lesson about a league that almost wasn’t

Soccer By Ives: Garber: League progressing in search for New York City stadium site

Soccer By Ives: Positive vibes from MLS big guns

SBNation: Major League Soccer 2012, Week 1 Preview: Thank heavens, the preseason is over!

SBNation: MLS fans show they really do ‘get’ CONCACAF Champions League

North American Soccer Reporters: NASR 2012 MLS Preseason Poll: Galaxy unanimous choice …

The Shin Guardian: Jay Bell is fired up for MLS on NBC

WV Hooligan: 2012 MLS Season Preview: Bold Predictions

Futbol Univision: La temporada 2012 de la MLS arranca con más equipos y mayor cobertura de TV