Real Salt Lake announces 2014 preseason schedule

RSL to train in Casa Grande, Ariz., Irvine, Calif. and Tucson

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake announced on Monday its 2014 preseason schedule, which will include two training camps in Arizona and one in California across five weeks spanning from late-January to early-March.

The Claret-and-Cobalt will officially begin its 10th season on Friday, Jan. 24, when players will report to Salt Lake City for entrance physicals. The team will then head to Grande Sports World – the home of the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy – just outside of Casa Grande, Ariz. for its first preseason training camp. The Claret-and-Cobalt will train at Grande Sports World from Jan. 25-Feb. 1.

After returning briefly to Salt Lake City, RSL will head on Feb. 4 to Southern California for its second leg of preseason training. The team will train at the University of California-Irvine in Irvine, Calif. from Feb. 4-13.

Following its stint in Irvine, the team will head back to Utah for a weekend before returning to Arizona on Feb. 17 for a two-week stint in Tucson to participate in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament. This will be Real Salt Lake’s third-consecutive year in the round-robin competition, which will also include fellow MLS clubs Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution, along with USL Premier Development League club FC Tucson.

The FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and will conclude with the Championship and 3rd-Place matches on Saturday, March 1. A full schedule and ticketing information for all of the 2014 MLS Preseason games in Tucson can be found at www.FCTucson.com.

Following the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, RSL will return to Utah to begin preparations for its MLS season opener on Saturday, March 8 at LA Galaxy. Following the opener at the Galaxy, RSL will travel up the California coast to take on San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, March 15. The Claret-and-Cobalt will open its 2014 home schedule on Saturday, March 22, when it will host the Galaxy at 2:00 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium in a nationally televised game on NBC Sports Network. Click here for Real Salt Lake’s full 2014 MLS regular season schedule.

Currently, the only way for Real Salt Lake fans to secure tickets to any of the 17 regular season home games on RSL’s 2014 schedule is to “Join the Pride” by becoming a RSL Season Ticket Holder. Fans can purchase 2014 RSL Season Tickets at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office, over the phone at 801-727-2700 or at www.RealSaltLake.com/Tickets. Real Salt Lake will announce details for single-game, multi-game and group ticket availability at a later date.

Real Salt Lake 2014 Preseason Key Dates/Schedule (subject to change)

2014 MLS SuperDraft

Thursday, Jan. 16 – Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

Preseason Opens – Salt Lake City

Friday, Jan. 24 – Entrance physicals in Salt Lake City

Preseason Training Trip No. 1 – Casa Grande, Ariz.

Saturday, Jan. 25 – Travel to Casa Grande, Ariz.
Jan. 25-Feb. 1 – Training at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz.
Sunday, Feb. 2 – Return to Utah

Preseason Training Trip No. 2 – Irvine, Calif.

Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Travel to Irvine, Calif.
Feb. 4-13 – Training at the University of California-Irvine in Irvine, Calif.
Friday, Feb. 14 – Return to Utah

Preseason Training Trip No. 3 – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup

Feb. 17 – Travel to Tucson, Ariz.
Feb. 18 – Training at Kino Sports Complex
Feb. 19 – Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution - North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex – 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 20-21 – Training at Kino Sports Complex
Feb. 22 – Real Salt Lake vs. Chicago Fire – North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex – 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 23-25 – Training at Kino Sports Complex
Feb. 26 – Real Salt Lake vs. FC Tucson – North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex – 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 27-28 – Training at Kino Sports Complex
March 1 – Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
5th Place vs. 6th Place – 2:30 p.m.
3rd Place vs. 4th Place – 5:00 p.m.|
1st Place vs. 2nd Place – 7:30 p.m.

2014 MLS Regular Season Opener

Real Salt Lake at LA Galaxy – Saturday, March 8 - StubHub Center – 8:30 p.m. MT

2014 RSL Home Opener

Real Salt Lake v. LA Galaxy – Saturday, March 22 - Rio Tinto Stadium – 2:00 p.m. MT (NBCSN)