Plenty of Claret-and-Cobalt notes to catch up on this Thursday morning, as well as the aftermath from a crazy night in CONCACAF Champions League action and more news and notes from around “Planet MLS” …
#RSL Tweets of the Day (@RealSaltLake)
Who would have ever thought that TFC would progress farther than Dallas, LA, and Seattle. Wow, congrats to my CMNT boys.
Just because, here's scene before RSL-Monterrey. Lots of streamers, confidence. When will MLS get this close again? http://pic.twitter.com/heRkcRTh
Michael C. Lewis
Thierry Henry uses
#RSL as example of kind of team his Red Bulls need to become, or face another season like last year. http://bit.ly/yqd4rb
93% - Real Salt Lake had the best tackle success rate of any MLS team in Week 1, winning 93%(13/14) of its tackles attempted. Stealthy.
Rogue Cavaliers Brig
@RealSaltLake @rslnation @RSLFRONT Come join The RCB and other RSL fans as we march in the St.Patrick's Day Parade: https://www.facebook.com/events/375518095796112/
RSL Quick Kicks
Happy two-year anniversary to striker extraordinaire Álvaro Saborío, who officially signed with Real Salt Lake via a loan deal with Swiss side FC Sion on March 15, 2010. The Costa Rican international has rewritten the RSL record books, becoming the first player in team history to bag double-digit goals in back-to-back years in regular season play while spearheading the team’s charge to the CONCACAF Champions League Finals with 8 goals in 11 games across the 2010/11 competition.
With the return of the RSL Reserves that played Tuesday night at FC Dallas it’s back to full strength for Real Salt Lake today at training, as the full squad will be together for the first time all week at America First Field for today’s 11:00 a.m. session. A reminder to fans that, while all sessions at America First Field are open to the public, the squad will also be hosting an open practice session Friday at Rio Tinto Stadium at 11:00 a.m. … RSL Facebook Fans are asked to RSVP for tomorrow morning’s hour-long session at “The RioT” via the “Real Week” tab at RSL’s Facebook page.
Real Week 2012 rolls on Thursday with the continuation of the “City Scarfing” scavenger hunt, being run through the team’s Facebook pages via Instagram photos. Click here for the full calendar of Real Week events across the weekend as it builds towards Saturday night’s payoff at Rio Tinto Stadium against the Red Bulls!
RSL News Stand “A/V Club”
(AUDIO) ESPN700Sports.com: GM Garth Lagerwey on the “Bill Riley Show” – Wednesday, March 14
(AUDIO) NASN.com: The Best Soccer Show podcast, feat. Sebastian Velasquez
(AUDIO) Real Nation: This is L.A.
(VIDEO) MLSsoccer.com: The Daily: 3/14 – Player of the Week revealed, will Power Rankings change?
(VIDEO) MLSsoccer.com: MLS Player of the Week, Week 1: Kalif Alhassan
(PHOTO) MLS Facebook Page: In Pictures: MLS Week 1
Real Salt Lake News & Notes
The Salt Lake Tribune: New schedule format could put a dent in RSL’s pursuit of Supporters Shield
The Salt Lake Tribune (RSL blog): Might RSL Academy player wind up with El Salvador at the Olympics?
The Salt Lake Tribune (RSL blog): RSL’s Nat Borchers makes season debut in reserve loss at FC Dallas
Deseret News: Real Salt Lake taking more cautious approach with injuries
FutbolMLS.com: Hablondo de la MLS con Fabian Espindola
MLSsoccer.com: Injured Beltran likely out for RSL’s home opener vs. NY
FOXsoccer.com: Galarcep: RSL’s win should put MLS on notice
Prost Amerika: The missing pieces – RSL’s magnificent start
Real Nation: Velasquez stuns in debut
Under The Crossbar: News Roundup: Olave, Alvarez join Twitter, Beltran out, Borchers returning
Major League Soccer News & Notes
MLSsoccer.com: Kick Off: All the reaction from a shocking night of CCL
MLSsoccer.com: Henry: New York must improve or face repeat of 2011
MLSsoccer.com: Climbing the Ladder: MLS player heights & First XIs
MLSsoccer.com (The Sideline blog): Out of Focus: The overwhelming West
ESPN.com: MLS Notebook – New England’s new philosophy and Thierry Henry’s role with Red Bulls
ESPN.com: 2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 1
RSL Soapbox: Major League Soccer Power Rankings – Week 1
Big Apple Soccer: Frying pan into the fire
ProSoccerTalk.com: Player of the Week: Kalif Alhassan
ESPN Los Angeles: Power Rankings: Bruins everywhere
Soccer By Ives: SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 1
Soccer by Ives: D.C. United signs lease to stay at RFK through 2013
US Soccer Players: The good and the bad in MLS
Setting the Table: Is the Shield dead?
Once a Metro: Know the Opponent: New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake
Torn By Sports: MLS Rankings: Week 1
Bleacher Report: MLS Week 2: Predictions and previews for week ahead
Futbol Univision: “El apoyo de los fanáticos en la MLS crece y “entusiasma”: Diego Balado
CONCACAF Champions League News & Notes
MLSsoccer.com: CCL Recap: Toronto stun Galaxy 2-1, head to semifinals
MLSsoccer.com: CCL Recap: Gomez, Santos rout Seattle 6-1 in second leg
MLSsoccer.com: CCL: Galaxy in disbelief after aggregate loss to Toronto
ESPN.com: Disaster for Seattle, L.A. in CCL
Goal.com: Santos 6-1 Seattle: Sounders crash out
Goal.com: Galaxy 1-2 Toronto: Canadian team in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal for first time
ProSoccerTalk.com: The “March 14 Massacre:” A night of CONCACAF Champions League surprise
ProSoccerTalk.com: Deconstructing the Galaxy downfall …
Soccer America Daily: Toronto shocks the Galaxy
Soccer America Daily: Herculez Gomez takes down sloppy Seattle