RSL Weekly Update: April 6


Real Salt Lake Sends DF David Horst on Loan to USSF Second Division’s Puerto Rico Islanders

Real Salt Lake today announced that third-year defender David Horst has been sent on loan to the Puerto Rico Islanders for the club’s 2010 USSF Second Division schedule, effectively immediately. The 24-year-old Horst – who can be recalled by Real Salt Lake at any point during the tenure of the loan – joined the 2009/10 CONCACAF Champions League participants over the weekend and will be ready to suit up for the Islanders when they open their USSF II schedule on April 21 at Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel in San Juan against NSC Minnesota. The Old Dominion University product and 2007 USL Premier Development League Defender of the Year recipient while a member of the Hampton Roads Piranhas has suited up three times in League play for Real Salt Lake, earning one starting nod during his rookie campaign in 2008 and starting one of his two appearances during RSL’s run to the MLS Cup title in 2009.

Real Salt Lake Opens 2010 Rio Tinto Stadium Slate Saturday v. Sounders FC

After opening its MLS Cup title defense with a pair of games on the road, Real Salt Lake (1-1-0, 3 pts.) will finally get the chance to play in front of the Rio Tinto Stadium faithful this Saturday, April 10, when the Claret-and-Cobalt will welcome fellow Western Conference foe Seattle Sounders FC (1-1-0, 3 pts.) to Sandy. The 7:00 p.m. MT kick will be preceded by a special pre-game ceremony beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. that will include the unveiling of the first Championship banner at Rio Tinto Stadium and the issuance of the MLS Cup 2009 Championship rings to the team’s players, coaches and ownership.

Tickets for Saturday’s home opener are still available and can be purchased online at and, over the phone at 888-4-RSL-TIX (888-477-5849), and in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office weekdays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MT and on gameday beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday’s contest will mark Real Salt Lake’s 2010 broadcast debut on KUSG (over-the-air Ch. 2.2/Comcast Ch. 111), with America First Credit Union Pre-Match Report coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. and including all the pomp and circumstances of the on-field pre-game ceremonies at Rio Tinto Stadium.  RSL fans can also follow the action live on the club’s radio partners: KALL 700 Sports (coverage begins with America First Credit Union Pre-match Report at 6:00 p.m.), ESPN Deportes 1600-AM, and Magia 106.1-FM.

RSL v. Sounders FC Series History

Real Salt Lake and Sounders FC split their two meetings in Seattle’s expansion campaign last year, beginning with SSFC’s 2-0 win at Qwest Field in RSL’s 2009 league opener on March 28. Real Salt Lake would even the series at Rio Tinto Stadium on August 8, when a Robbie Findley goal was good enough to capture a 1-0 victory. The two sides also met in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifying play a month after their first meeting on April 28, when the Sounders used a two-goal, two-assist effort from Sebastien Le Toux to advance via a 4-1 win at the Starfire Sports Complex in suburban Tukwila, Wash. Real Salt Lake and Seattle will close out their 2010 series on Sept. 9, when the Utah side will make its first visit to the Pacific Northwest venue since its MLS Cup 2009 triumph last November.

RSL on KALL: Lagerwey Joins Bill & Spence Today at 4:20 p.m.; Cassar Commandeers Coach’s Corner on Wednesday

With the bevy of activity surrounding “Real Week 2010” in the upcoming days, Real Salt Lake and KALL 700 Sports are calling some audibles to make sure fans can continue to get their RSL fix satisfied over the 50,000-wat powerhouse’s airwaves this week. The switcheroo begins this afternoon at 4:20 p.m., when GM Garth Lagerwey will join the “Bill and Spence” show for his weekly chat with hosts Bill Riley and Spencer Checketts. With the team attending tonight’s premiere of the “It’s for Real” championship DVD, the KALL 700 Sports RSL Coach’s Corner is switching up to tomorrow night and switching coaches as well, as the always entertaining Jeff Cassar will join Bill & Spencer for the hour on all things RSL from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

“Real Week 2010” Rolls On Leading up to Saturday’s Home Opener

Real Salt Lake continues to count down the days leading up to Saturday’s home opener during its “Real Week 2010” celebration, a weeklong schedule of events designed to involve fans and build excitement towards the defending MLS Cup Champions’ season debut at Rio Tinto Stadium. The various “Real Week 2010” activities will engage RSL fans of all ages, allowing the League’s most faithful followers opportunities to interact with the members of the team and each other to build “RSL Nation” into a fervor as the squad gets ready to take advantage of the best home-field advantage in Major League Soccer during its second full season in Sandy. An updated schedule for the remainder of “Real Week 2010” is listed below – for full details, click here or visit

Wednesday, April 7 – RSL Supporters Summit
6:30-8:30 p.m. MT

Where: Club Real, presented by Budweiser, at Rio Tinto Stadium (2nd floor)

Thursday, April 8 – Fan for Life Fest
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. MT 

Where: East Lawn of Rio Tinto Stadium

Friday, April 9 – “Rears for Real” Seat-sitting Fundraiser with KODJ’s Harmon in the Morning

When: Beginning at 9:00 a.m. MT

Where: Rio Tinto Stadium seating bowl

Want to help out Harmon? Click here to find out how!

Friday, April 9 – RSL “Media Blitz” with MLS Cup Trophy

When/Where: Throughout afternoon at various media outlets


 RSL Rewind: “Penalty Phase” Downs RSL at Dynamo

Real Salt Lake would get its second fast start in as many road contests last Thursday in Houston, but this time the lead wouldn’t last as the defending champions were downed by the Dynamo 2-1 in front of 18,197 fans at Robertson Stadium. The Utahns hopped in front just 17 minutes in, when a quick build-up through FW Álvaro Saborío – making his first start in an RSL uniform – and captain Kyle Beckerman ended at the feet of MF Javier Morales, who continued his blistering start to 2010 with a slotted shot inside the right post that would put the visitors up for the remainder of the first half. But the second 45 minutes started roughly for RSL, a pair of challenges from DF Jamison Olave just three minutes apart leading to penalty kick opportunities that were converted by Dynamo MF Brad Davis in the 53rd and 56th minutes, giving Houston a lead it would manage to hold onto for the rest of the contest.

Real Salt Lake Schedule: April 7-11, 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.

Wednesday, April 7: Training at XanGo Field – 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting)

Thursday, April 8: Off Day

Friday, April 9: Training at XanGo Field or Rio Tinto Stadium (TBA) – 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 10: Real Salt Lake v. Seattle Sounders FC

  • Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
  • 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff (Pre-game ceremony begins at approx. 6:30 p.m.)
  • TV: KUSG (over-the-air Ch. 2.2/Comcast Ch. 111) (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Radio: KALL 700 Sports (coverage begins at 6:00 p.m.), ESPN Deportes 1600-AM, Magia 106.1-FM


Sunday, April 11: Off Day

RSL Team Store’s 2010 Line Has Everything … Including Bling!

With Real Salt Lake’s 2010 Rio Tinto Stadium opener a scant four days away, time is running out for you to get over to the RSL Team Store and gear up for the big game against Seattle! The new line of 2010 RSL merchandise has been flying off the shelves the last couple of weeks, but it’s not too late to get the latest and greatest in Claret-and-Cobalt, including the new line of RSL Championship merchandise from Wincraft. Some other new items coming into the store include Wincraft’s U.S. Men’s National Team merchandise line (because it’s never too early to start thinking about the World Cup!) and a limited-edition MLS Cup 2009 Champions scarf in RSL team colors, the latter of which should be hitting the store on Thursday.

If you really want to dress like a champion, then the RSL Team Store will be able to help you out starting on game night, as fans will be able to place their orders for RSL championship rings immediately following the on-field ring ceremony prior to the match, with four options available to choose from: the introductory stainless steel ring ($175), the replica stainless steel ring ($300), the six-karat gold replica ring ($950), and a women’s pendant ($160). Fans will be able to get sized for their “bling” from April 10-30 (order must be paid in full at time of sizing), with the jewelry expected to arrive in mid-May.

Make sure to keep checking back in RSL’s Behind the Shield blog to see the newest gear as it arrives, or call the RSL Team Store Hotline at 801-727-2888 to check ahead. The RSL Team Store is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

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

Time is running out to take full advantage of becoming 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 for parking

 - 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, click here or visit