RSL News Stand: Sunday, March 4, 2012

Desert Diamond Cup wrap-up and more in super-sized Sunday edition

It’s an “MLSsoccer.com-heavy” edition of the RSL News Stand on this Sunday morning, but only because of the thorough Desert Diamond Cup coverage and Claret-and-Cobalt-tinged features the league’s online home has run over the last few days. In addition, look out for an outstanding piece on Captain Kyle Beckerman’s fan-friendly nature from the Arizona Daily Star and more stories on how Tucson is positioning itself to be the home of the MLS preseason for years to come …

 

#RSL Tweets of the Day

   101greatgoals.com@101greatgoals

Golazo: Chris Wingert (Real Salte Lake) v New York Red Bulls 101greatgoals.com/gvideos/golazo…

   Tony Beltran@tonybeltran23

Wishing a speedy recovery to my friend @wingert17. Fantastic goal by him, and good performance from all in the win. #RSL

   Nick Rimando@NickRimando

Morning regen then back to SLC. Preseason 2012 if officially over #RSL #801 # instagr.am/p/HwfdXPqY1g/

   Denzel Eslinger@rslsoapbox

love the new #RSL TV spot "We're Here For RSL!": youtu.be/bNW2Zg3BNLA We need to be loud enough to make sure both teams hear this

 

The RSL 3-Day Forecast

Sunday: March 4: Return to Utah; Off Day

Monday, March 5: Off Day

Tuesday, March 6: Training – time/location TBD

*** 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”

  • Saturday’s match against New York ran the gauntlet for defender Chris Wingert, who tallied the game’s lone goal but also left the contest due to injury. Wingert’s 28th minute ‘golazo’ – featured on the 101greatgoals.com website – was his first in any competition since May 22, 2010 (@ Chivas USA), a tally that snapped the goal-starved defender’s 146-match scoreless streak to begin his MLS career. However, a gash above his right eye created by the boot of NY’s Juan Agudelo around the 55th minute forced the Babylon, NY native to receive several stitches to close up the wound, which will be re-evaluated upon the team’s return to Salt Lake City and puts him in doubt for Saturday’s 2012 season opener at the LA Galaxy.
  • After returning to Utah this afternoon and enjoying Monday off, Real Salt Lake will get back to work on Tuesday … however, where exactly the team will train remains to be seen. The Claret-and-Cobalt are hoping to utilize its new America First Field facility for the first time on Tuesday morning, but this weekend’s snowfall will have to melt first in order for that to happen … and with temperatures in Sandy slated for the 50’s the next couple of days, the plan could very well come to fruition. The RSL Communications Department will issue this week’s training schedule once finalized on Monday.
  • Whether you’re a die-hard RSL fan, a neutral member of the press corps or just a casual observer, one thing is for certain … deep down you think you have what it takes to run your own MLS team! Well the MLSsoccer.com Fantasy Soccer Manager gives you the chance to channel your “inner-Lagerwey” … click here for a primer on how to form a squad for the 2012 season and be on the lookout for details on the formation of a special “experts league” later this week.

 

RSL in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup

(VIDEO) MLSsoccer.com: Preseason Highlights – RSL 1:0 NY

MLSsoccer.com: Recap: Wingert goal enough to earn RSL win over NY

RealSaltLake.com: Notes & Quotes – RSL 1:0 NY

Arizona Daily Star: MLS Spring Training: Placing the fans first

Arizona Daily Star: Seen & heard

The Arizona Republic: Los Angeles wins MLS Desert Diamond Cup

WBUR.org: MLS’ New Spring Idea: Beckham Bends It In Tucson

The Salt Lake Tribune: Real Salt Lake wins preseason finale

Big Apple Soccer: Finishing on a losing note

 

RSL News & Notes

(AUDIO) ESPN700Sports.com: Defender Chris Wingert on the “Bill Riley Show” – Friday, March 2

KSL.com: Royal Army looks to unite RSL fans

MLSsoccer.com: 2012 Real Salt Lake season preview: Aiming for the top

MLSsoccer.com: 2012 Real Salt Lake Depth Chart

MLSsoccer.com: Schuler impresses again in dominant display vs. NY

MLSsoccer.com: Salt Lake get younger, more athletic with new additions

MLssoccer.com: Armchair Analyst: Mining for the perfect midfield diamond

MLSsoccer.com: Borchers has hopes for cameo appearance vs. RBNY

RSL Soapbox: How do you do Real Salt Lake? (more updates)

 

MLS News & Notes

(INFO) Twitter.com: Soccer popularity continues to climb

MLSsoccer.com: 2012 Club Season Previews page

MLSsoccer.com: Countdown to First Kick: 7 Schmid the king of March

MLSsoccer.com: Starting XI: Questions for final week before MLS First Kick

MLSsoccer.com: 2011-12 Offseason transactions

Goal.com: Brek Shea blog: Memorable Italy win, offseason with Arsenal and a new MLS rivalry

Prost Amerika: MLS Coming of Age – How the West is winning