RSL News Stand - Friday, Feb. 11

Before we get to the main attraction of the day – the bounty of articles covering RSL’s 2011 regular season slate – we’ll lead off some general news of the day, including SBI’s feature on Arturo Alvarez, an explanation of why Luis Gil will stick around in Phoenix after RSL camp breaks on Tuesday, and our continuing “Know Thy Enemy” coverage of the Columbus Crew, with kickoff of the CONCACAF Quarters just 11 days away. We will repeat that for added emphasis … KICKOFF JUST 11 DAYS AWAY!!!

Soccer by Ives: Alvarez is poised to shine with RSL

Soccer America: U.S. Under-18 National Team camp roster

Big D Soccer (SB Nation): Full Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup XXXII Super Group announced “Kick Off” – Friday, February 11, 2011

(VIDEO) Preseason Recap – Columbus v. Seattle

(VIDEO) Preseason Recap – Columbus v. Vancouver Hesmer returns as Columbus ease past Seattle

Soccer by Ives: Crew posts first preseason win by shutting out Seattle

And now the news you’ve all been waiting for (and we know you’ve been waiting for it because we received seemingly hundreds of dispatches over social media the last couple months about it!) … reports on Major League Soccer’s 2011 regular-season slate – and, more specifically, the 34-game schedule for the Claret-and-Cobalt, which starts in JUST 36 DAYS in San Jose.

The Salt Lake Tribune: Schedule gives Real Salt Lake a chance early, but rough road late

Deseret News: Real Salt Lake announces 2011 schedule

Standard-Examiner: RSL announces schedule (Press Release): Real Salt Lake learns 2011 regular-season schedule Rivals highlight their calendars for 2011 matchups Editors’ Riffs: Top matches of the year 7 days of heaven: A week of games you can’t miss New rivalries highlight 2011 MLS regular-season schedule ESPN networks to broadcast 21 regular season matches in 2011 Gibbs circles dates on Chicago’s 2011 calendar Scheduling quirks present challenges and questions for MLS

Soccer America: Breaks to be taken for fixture dates

RSL Soapbox: 2011 Real Salt Lake schedule & thoughts

RSL Soapbox: Dear MLS and ESPN, there are more than 3 teams in Major League Soccer

SB Nation: MLS releases 2011 schedule, promises Playoff format in ‘near future’

ESPN Los Angeles: MLS schedule: No rest for Gold Cup

MLS Talk: The MLS schedule is finally released!