SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, April 28, 2010) – Real Salt Lake announced today that the defending MLS Cup champion’s first exhibition contest of the 2010 season will take place on Saturday, May 15, when the Utah side’s reserves will welcome the Mexican Under-21 Men’s National Team to Rio Tinto Stadium.
Kickoff for the international friendly in Sandy is slated for 4:00 p.m. MT, and tickets for the contest are now available online at www.RealSaltLake.com and www.RioTintoStadium.com, over the phone at 888-4-RSL-TIX (888-477-5849), or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office weekdays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MT. Real Salt Lake 2010 Season Ticket Holders will be able to purchase tickets for just $5 (current seat locations will not be held in advance), while tickets for members of the general public will cost only $15.
Strong Automotive 100 Lions Club and Club Ledge Box seat holders currently have their locations on hold and will have the opportunity to purchase their seats through matchday. Real Salt Lake Club Seat Holders will not have their exact seat locations reserved, but will have the option to purchase $5 club seats for the match prior to the area being opened up for sale to the general public in the upcoming weeks. Current Real Salt Lake suite holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in their respective suite for $10 each. The general public will also have the opportunity to buy suite tickets, with full suites needing to be purchased for $25 per ticket (minimum suite size of 15 patrons). For more information on these Premium Seating options, please contact the RSL Fan Relations Department at 801-727-2702.
The May 15 contest will come just two days after Real Salt Lake’s “ESPN2 MLS Game of the Week” appearance against the Houston Dynamo, also at Rio Tinto Stadium, meaning the Claret-and-Cobalt will field a largely reserve-based team against the “tricolores” squad that will be beginning preparations for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara and qualifications for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Mexico is led by manager Mario Arteaga, who played professionally in Mexico for Chivas de Guadalajara, Pumas UNAM, and Leon, and himself represented Mexico in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The current touring squad features a number of up-and-coming players, with available players that have featured for their clubs during the Mexican Primera Division’s recently concluded 2010 Bicentenario’s regular season including FW Antonio Salazar (Jaguares), MF Daniel Hernandez (Jaguares), and FW Angel Sansores (Morelia).
Mexico’s U-21 MNT squad took on a pair of lower division professional squads out east across the last week, notching a 3-1 victory over the Richmond Kickers last Wednesday in Richmond, Va., before dueling to a 1-1 with the Carolina Railhawks on Sunday evening in Cary, N.C. An official travel roster for the Mexican U-21 National Team will be released during the week of the contest.
The encounter against Mexico’s Olympic squad will mark RSL’s third-ever contest against national team competition and its first in nearly three years, the two prior match-ups back in 2007 resulting in wins over the Fijian National Team (3-0 W on April 18, 2007) and the Chinese National Team (1-0 W on June 7, 2007). After posting a win and draw over Mexican powerhouses Club América and Guadalajara (Chivas), respectively, in 2009, Real Salt Lake has compiled a 6-4-3 in 13 friendlies against international club and national team competition.