RSL News Stand: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

America First Field reviews, MLS season previews, CCL kick off and more in today's edition

No amount of snow can dampen our enthusiasm on this “unofficial opening day” for Major League Soccer in 2012! In today’s edition we continue to stockpile MLS season previews, bring you reaction from yesterday’s debut of America First Field and look ahead to tonight’s MLS debuts in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals …

 

#RSL Tweets of the Day

Gabriel Gabor@MLSGabor

MIA @MLS FANS: #FIRSTKICK FACT #3: 5 Fusion players now @RealSaltLake: @KyleBeckerman @NickRimando, GM Lagerway, AC Cassar, scout @bommadog

Michael C. Lewis@MCLTribune

Just was talking about this today. Good news for #RSL and #MLS fans, to have new referee structure in North America. bit.ly/x3d0PL

RSL FRONT@RSLFRONT

Photo: What is Saturdays game about for you? #RSL NATION: It’s about #BELIEVING. Share this around! tmblr.co/ZcR0fxHci3x7

 

RSL Quick Kicks

  • A reminder to those planning on attending Real Salt Lake’s training session today at America First Field that the start time has been moved back to 12:00 p.m. (originally announced for 11:00 a.m.). The session will likely last right around 90 minutes and be followed by media availability for all players and coaches in attendance.
  • Remember all the attention and positive vibes Real Salt Lake earned during last spring’s run through the CONCACAF Champions League Championship Phase? Well it’s time to return the love, as tonight marks the first matchday for MLS teams in the Quarterfinal Round, with Toronto FC hosting the LA Galaxy (6:00 p.m. MT) in front of an expected record crowd at Rogers Centre before Seattle welcomes Santos Laguna of the Mexican Primera Division (8:00 p.m. MT) to CenturyLink Field. Both games will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer.
  • There’s another website to bookmark for your daily MLS browsing pleasure, as NBC Sports has launched ProSoccerTalk to bolster its coverage of Major League Soccer. Veteran scribe Steve Davis will be the lead contributor to the site, which is a complement to NBC Sports’ other similar websites covering professional sports in the United States.

 

RSL News Stand “A/V Club”

(AUDIO) ESPN700Sports.com: Head Coach Jason Kreis on the “Bill Riley Show” – Tues., March 6

(AUDIO) RSL Show: The “MLSmas Eve 2012” Edition

(AUDIO) Real Soccer Nation: Mega Off-Season Podcast Part 1

(VIDEO) ABC4.com: RSL opens new training field in Sandy

(VIDEO) MLSsoccer.com: 2012 MLS Season Preview Built by The Home Depot: Roster Makeover

(VIDEO) Keepin’ it Real: RSL Trialist Lucas Acosta

(PHOTO) smackdowntay photoblog: RSL’s first practice at America First Field

 

Real Salt Lake News & Notes

The Salt Lake Tribune: Real Salt Lake: Outlook for RSL? ‘We gotta win’

The Salt Lake Tribune (RSL Blog): Injuries abound for RSL as regular season approaches

Deseret News: Real Salt Lake starting out 2012 season shorthanded

Deseret News: Real Salt Lake’s first-year players

ABC4.com: RSL excited for season opener

MLSsoccer.com: RSL’s Wingert in doubt for LA match after gash above eye

NBC ProSoccerTalk: A little something to get you going: “We’re here for RSL”

Prost Amerika: Jason Kreis: Beyond 13/14, our players have zero to no pro experience

Under The Crossbar: Some needless speculation; Will Johnson closes in on return

 

MLS News & Notes

MLSsoccer.com: Kick Off: Toronto say pressure is all on LA Galaxy in CCL

MLSsoccer.com: Climbing the Ladder: First Kick under the microscope

Goal.com: McCarthy’s Musings: 2012 MLS Western Conference Preview

Goal.com: The top 10 newcomers to watch in Major League Soccer in 2012

SI.com: Ten breakout MLS players to watch in 2012

Sporting News: Despite change in schedule, L.A. Galaxy still cream of the crop …

Soccer America: MLS Confidential: Galaxy tops a re-loaded West (Conference Preview)

Soccer America Daily: MLS this week …

Soccer By Ives: U.S. Soccer, MLS create new referee program

SBNation: MLS Power Rankings, Preseason Edition: Galaxy the clear No. 1

OregonLive.com: 2012 Portland Timbers season preview: Western Conference rivals

 

CONCACAF Champions League News & Notes

MLSsoccer.com: CCL Preview: Sounders ready for fight against Santos

MLSsoccer.com: CCL Preview: LA Galaxy at Toronto FC

FoxSoccer.com: Galarcep: Galaxy’s Toronto trip on intriguing matchup

Sporting News: With Beckham at helm, Galaxy seek historic success

Soccer America Daily: Seattle’s March Madness: Quarterfinal vs. Mexico’s Santos

ESPN.com: CONCACAF Champions League storylines to follow …

Goal.com: Morelia 1-3 Monterrey: Defending CONCACAF Champions League champ takes significant …

Futbol Univision: Toronto y LA Galaxy arrancan su primer prueba del año en cuartos de final …
Futbol Univision: Santos visita al Seattle Sounders en su camino rumbo al Mundial de Clubes