Weekly Update: March 25


  • Real Salt Lake Knows the Way to San Jose for 2010 MLS Opener vs. Earthquakes
  • RSL April 10th Home Opener v. Seattle Sounders FC Less than Three Weeks Away
  • RealSaltLake.com to Re-launch on Thursday
  • Real Salt Lake Schedule: March 25-28, 2010 (all times MT unless noted)
  • U.S. Women’s National Team Hosts Mexico for Rio Tinto Stadium Friendly Next Wednesday
  • Make 2010 Your Best Season Ever by Becoming an RSL “Fan for Life!”
  • RSL 2010 Season Ticket Distribution Held at Rio Tinto Stadium through Saturday

Real Salt Lake Knows the Way to San Jose for 2010 MLS Opener vs. Earthquakes

After four months of celebrating its ultimate victory, it’s finally time for Real Salt Lake to begin the defense of its MLS Cup crown this Saturday, March 27, when the Utah side will head to the Bay Area to take on the San Jose Earthquakes as part of MLS First Kick 2010, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. Kick-off from Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. is set for 7:00 p.m. MT, and the match will open up an MLS First Kick national doubleheader on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español.

As it heads into its sixth Major League Soccer campaign, Real Salt Lake is still looking for its first-ever win in a season opener, the Claret-and-Cobalt going 0-2-3 in such contests heading into Saturday, including a 0-2 defeat last March 28 at Seattle Sounders FC. RSL didn’t fare as well against the Western Conference’s bottom team last season, falling 1-2 at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 30 before coming from a man down to claim a 1-1 comeback draw at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 3. Those results dropped RSL’s career record against the ‘Quakes to 2-3-4, which includes a 1-2-1 mark in the Bay Area.

RSL’s April 10th Home Opener v. Seattle Sounders FC Less Than Three Weeks Away

Real Salt Lake’s home opener on Saturday, April 10 against Seattle Sounders FC is right around the corner, so it’s time to clear your schedule and ensure you’ll be at Rio Tinto Stadium for a special night of soccer and celebration in Sandy. To the victors go the spoils, as they say, and the last of those rewards for Real Salt Lake’s MLS Cup 2009 championship will come during a pre-game ceremony, when the club will unfurl its first banner from the Rio Tinto Stadium rafters and distribute championship rings to returning members of the squad.

After that comes the main event – the first chance to see the 2010 edition of Real Salt Lake up-close and in-person as it takes on Kasey Keller, Freddie Ljungberg, and the rest of Sounders FC in an early-season Western Conference showdown. The evening begins with the opening of the popular Carnival Real pre-game festival on the Stadium’s east lawn at 5:00 p.m., followed by the pre-game ceremonies beginning around 6:30 p.m. and kickoff at 7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets for the April 10 home opener against Sounders FC, visit www.RioTintoStadium.com, call 888-4-RSL-TIX (888-477-5849), or visit the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office weekdays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MT.

RealSaltLake.com to Re-launch on Today

Real Salt Lake is excited to announce that the team’s online home of www.RealSaltLake.com will re-launch with a new look and feel today, Thursday, March 25, in conjunction with the MLS Digital Network’s creation of the League’s new online home, www.MLSSoccer.com, and the revamping of all 16 MLS team sites just prior to the start of MLS’ 15th campaign. With the new season comes a more streamlined design for Real Salt Lake’s digital home, which will also take a new approach to providing fans with fresh and engaging content, with new material planned to hit RealSaltLake.com and the team’s corresponding blog, Behind the Shield, at least three times a day, including an increased number of videos and wider coverage of all things soccer in Utah.

While there will be the usual bugs to work through in the beginning stages, we encourage you to check out RealSaltLake.com for today’s re-launch to get a feel for the new site and to get all the info you are looking for as RSL prepares for its sixth MLS season opener at San Jose on Saturday.

Real Salt Lake Schedule: March 25-28, 2010 (all times MT unless noted)

All RSL practices are open to members of the media and the general public unless otherwise noted, with media availability for all players and coaches to immediately follow each session. Those planning on attending any session can confirm the time and location of that day's training by calling 801-918-5050.

Thursday, Mar. 25: Training at XanGo Field – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, Mar. 26: Training at TBA – 11:00 a.m.; Depart for San Jose

Saturday, Mar. 27: Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes – MLS First Kick 2010, Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods

  • Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • 7:00 p.m. MT kick-off
  • TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español
  • Radio: KALL 700 Sports

 Sunday, Mar. 28: Return to Utah; Off Day


U.S. Women’s National Team Hosts Mexico for Rio Tinto Stadium Friendly Next Wednesday

The U.S. Women’s National Team will kick off the 2010 schedule of soccer at Rio Tinto Stadium next Wednesday, March 31, when the USA women will make their first visit to Utah in seven years by welcoming their rivals from Mexico to Sandy. The international friendly is set for a 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, with fans also able to follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

Tickets are available starting at $18 and can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by phone at 888-4RSLTIX (888-477-5849) (Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.), and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.).


Make 2010 Your Best Season Ever by Becoming an RSL “Fan for Life!”

Real Salt Lake’s opening home match against the Seattle Sounders FC on April 10 is just 17 short days away and it couldn’t be a better time to become an RSL “Fan for Life!”  In 2010, RSL Season Ticket Holders will have at least a 20% discount over day-of-game pricing in all general seating areas, and with packages starting as low as $275 and payment plans available to help you stretch your dollars leading up to the start of the Utah Side’s Championship defending crusade, there’s no better time to lock in your seats than right now!

The 2010 Season Ticket Package includes the opportunity to watch Real Salt Lake defend its MLS Cup crown in 15 MLS regular season contests and will also contain five ticket voucher credits for designated exhibition and Cup competitions – including the team’s first-ever appearance in an international club tournament, the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League.  In addition to the chance to see some of the best soccer in the hemisphere in one of the country’s premier soccer venues, the RSL 2010 Season Ticket Package also includes the following benefits:

  • Discounted rates on on-site parking at Rio Tinto Stadium
  • 25% off all items at the RSL Team Store
  • An invitation to the annual “Meet the Team Day” event
  • The “It’s for Real” commemorative DVD, chronicling RSL’s 2009 championship campaign
  • Pre-sale access for all non-RSL events at Rio Tinto Stadium
  • Season Ticket Holder rate on additional RSL tickets
  • Personal Account Manager Concierge Service and STH Hotline access
  • Special Season Ticket e-Newsletter, featuring exclusive team-focused content


Fans looking to purchase new RSL Season Ticket packages can call 801-727-2700 to lock in their seats for the 2010 season, while those ’09 season ticket purchasers that have yet to renew their packages can still try to reclaim last year’s seats by calling the RSL Season Ticket Holder Hotline at 801-727-2702. To see the full range of RSL 2010 Season Ticket package options and benefits, visit www.RealSaltLake.com.

RSL 2010 Season Ticket Distribution Held at Rio Tinto Stadium through Saturday

Real Salt Lake Season Ticket holders, your 2010 ticket packages will be available for pick up at the Club Real restaurant located on the second floor of Rio Tinto Stadium through the end of this week.  By request from season ticket holders, and to ensure efficient distribution, Real Salt Lake will be making pick-up available over several days, with the schedule as follows:

  • Thursday, March 25: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. MT
  • Friday, March 26: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. MT
  • Saturday, March 27: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. MT

For those picking up their tickets, we remind you to please bring identification to verify that you are the primary account holders. Tickets will be issued to the season ticket holder of record to all accounts that are fully paid or have set up payment plans on the ticket system.  Season Ticket Holders will receive their tickets and Championship season DVD, “It’s For Real,” as the season ticket holder gift. In addition, “Fans 4 Life” can enjoy light refreshments and have the chance to win special prizes and enter a drawing for a special grand prize!

Those tickets not picked up by Saturday will be mailed out beginning Monday, March 29.