REAL SALT LAKE GAMEDAY EVENTS: Saturday, Sept. 18 v. Chicago Fire
2:00 p.m. MT Kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium presented by Cricket;
Carnival Real Pre-game Festival Begins at Noon, Gates at Rio Tinto Stadium Open at 1:00 p.m. for Matinee;
RSL/Zions Bank 2010 Liga All-Star Match to Take Place after MLS Affair
SANDY, Utah (Friday, September 17, 2010) – Real Salt Lake (12-4-8, 44 pts.; 2nd in West) will try to capitalize on its home-field advantage of Rio Tinto Stadium once again tomorrow, Saturday, September 18, when the defending MLS Cup champs will look to become the sole owners of the MLS home unbeaten streak record against the Chicago Fire (6-8-8, 26 pts.; 5th in the East). Kickoff for the contest, presented by Cricket, is set for 2:00 p.m. MT in Sandy.
Get Yours Seats Now for a Piece of Potential MLS History!
Saturday’s game could officially give the Claret-and-Cobalt the most dominating home run in Major League Soccer’s 15-year history, as RSL is currently tied at 22 games with the Columbus Crew for the longest stretch of matches without a defeat at home in League play. To commemorate this historic run, the first 10,000 fans through the gates at Rio Tinto Stadium tomorrow will receive a “22 and Counting” mini-poster/game card, courtesy of KFC.
Fans are invited to join the frenzy at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday when the team will try to claim sole possession of the record, as tickets for the weekend afternoon match remain available and can be purchased online at www.RealSaltLake.com and www.RioTintoStadium.com, over the phone at 801-727-2700, and in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office until 6:00 p.m. on Friday and on game-day beginning at 10:00 a.m. MT.
Saturday’s Post-game Features First Annual RSL/Zions Bank Ligas All-Star Game, Presented by El Observador de Utah
There will be even more soccer on the Rio Tinto Stadium pitch after Saturday’s MLS match-up, as Real Salt Lake, Zions Bank, and El Observador de Utah will proudly present the inaugural 2010 RSL/Zions Bank 2010 Ligas All-Star Game, presented by El Observador, set to kick off at approximately 4:30 p.m. The best and brightest from Utah’s talented Hispanic ligas will combine forces for the match, with Liga Mexico-Utah joining Liga OCD to form the West All-Star squad and players from Liga Premier de Ogden and Liga Latinoamericana teaming together to make up the North All-Star side. In addition, youth soccer players from Liga Victor’s Tires Kids will serve as the ball kids for the first-ever installment of the contest.
· Click here for the 2010 Ligas All-Star Game rosters
Carnival Real opens Saturday’s Entertainment at 12:00 p.m. on Stadium’s East Lawn
Bring the family out early for Saturday’s excitement, as the Carnival Real pre-game festival will open up on the East Lawn of Rio Tinto Stadium two hours before kickoff at 12:00 p.m. MT. Cricket presents Saturday’s Carnival Real celebration, while several other RSL partners will also be on hand for give-a-ways and good times:
Budweiser (“Designated Driver of the Game” sign-up), Burger King (“Whopper Hopper” inflatable and Prize Wheel), Check City, El Observador, KB5, KFC, Mountain America Credit Union, Pepsi, Play N Trade, State Farm, Vitalogy Nutrition, Wasatch Property (Real Nation), and XINSURANCE (helicopter display).
When gates at Rio Tinto Stadium open to the masses at 1:00 p.m., fans will also have the chance to visit the Comcast, ESPN KALL 700, Hinckley Dodge Vehicle, and Utah Department of Public Safety (“Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sign-up) booths located on the Stadium’s North Concourse.
Cool-down with Ice-cold Drumsticks 2 for $4 through RSLexpress
The only thing better than a Saturday afternoon soccer game is a Saturday afternoon soccer game with ice cream to beat the late summer heat! While supplies last for RSL’s match-up against the Fire, fans can get two Vanilla Drumsticks for $4 when they order through RSLexpress, powered by Mangia.
RSLexpress allows fans to get food, drinks, and merchandise delivered to their seat using their mobile phone. It’s easy to use RSLexpress and creating an account is totally FREE – just visit http://www.rslexpress.com to start enjoying in-seat delivery from a mobile device. For instructions on ordering from an iPhone, the mobile web, or via text message, visit Mangia’s “How To” page, or call 877-762-6442.
Laura Ottati Honored as Saturday's RSL/American Express "Heroes Among Us" Recipient
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize Laura Ottati from Kearns as Saturday’s recipient of the American Express “Heroes Among Us” award. A kindergarten teacher at Summit Christian Academy who is known for going the extra mile, Ottati spent her summer transforming her classroom into a jungle with vines and trees to engage her students in learning in addition to preparing musicals and other events for students and their families and serving as a counselor for a local children’s activities club.
To help her students get the right start to their day, Ottati often spends time before classes preparing breakfast for those who arrive to school without eating the most important meal of the day. Her work is not done after the final bell either, as Laura has visited many of her students that speak Spanish as their first language at home to assist them in practicing their English – and often helps their parents to brush up on the language as well. Ms. Ottati’s methods and care seem to be gaining results, as by the time her students complete kindergarten most are above grade level in all subjects.
Ms. Ottati is more than a teacher, she is mentor and a leader. For making a profound difference in the lives of the children she teaches, Real Salt Lake and American Express proudly congratulate Laura Ottati for being a true “Hero Among Us.”
Saturday’s Group & Guest Recognitions
- OhMyCrafts.com “Mom of the Match” – Mandi Wood
- Starting XI “Dream Team” – Mountain America Credit Union and South Cache Soccer League
- Ball Kids – South Cache Soccer League
- RSL/American Express “Heroes Among Us” – Laura Ottati
- U.S. Bank Little Leo of the Game – Aimee Mott
- RSL “Goal Gong” Ringer – Cricket guest
- Salt Lake Regional Medical Center Trainer of Tomorrow – Fred Badu
- Pre-game “Parade of Kings” participants – AYSO 873–Cedar City, AYSO 1368–Morgan/Mount Green, Illusion U-13 Girls, International U-11 Boys, Layton Strikers, Liga Victor’s Tires Kids, Murray City Recreation, South Cache Soccer League, TC United, Utah Rangers, The Wildcats