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 #
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