REAL SALT LAKE SCHEDULE: OCTOBER 17-23, 2011
Real Salt Lake Hoping to Lock Down Western Conference’s #3 Seed in Saturday’s Season Finale vs. Portland Timbers;
Molding Box Presents 7:00 p.m. MT Kickoff and “Fan Appreciation Night” Festivities, including Nick Rimando Bobblehead Doll Giveaway
SANDY, Utah (Monday, October 17, 2011) – Playoff positioning will be on the line this Saturday, October 22, when Real Salt Lake (15-11-7, 52 pts.) closes out its 2011 MLS regular season slate by hosting the Portland Timbers (11-14-7, 40 pts.) in their first-ever visit to Rio Tinto Stadium. Molding Box will present RSL’s annual “Fan Appreciation Night” festivities and the 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff in Sandy, which can be followed live over the radio airwaves on Rock 99.1-FM and Juan 1600-AM.
Tickets for Saturday’s contest – at which the first 5,000 fans through the gates when they open at 6:00 p.m. will receive a Nick Rimando Bobblehead Doll, courtesy of Molding Box – are selling fast but remain available and can be purchased online at www.RealSaltLake.com, over the phone at 801-727-2700, or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office weekdays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on gameday. In addition, tickets for Real Salt Lake’s opening postseason contest are also available via the same methods (see below for date/opposition possibilities).
Real Salt Lake is currently tied with FC Dallas for the third and final automatic qualifying spot from the Western Conference into the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs, but the Utah side holds the tiebreaker between the two rivals courtesy of its 1-0-1 head-to-head mark this season against the “Hoops.” A win over Portland – which itself is hopeful of claiming the last of the four available Wild Card berths – would guarantee RSL the #3 seed, as would any result even with Dallas’ in its match away at the San Jose Earthquakes (8:30 p.m. MT kickoff).
Should RSL claim the third seed in the West, it would enter the MLS Cup Playoffs next weekend in Leg One of a Western Conference Semifinals Series against Seattle Sounders FC, which would be hosted Saturday, Oct. 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium. If RSL slips to fourth, it would claim the top Wild Card seed and host the lowest Wild Card participant Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Sandy. Click here for the latest MLS Cup Playoff standings and scenarios at MLSsoccer.com.
Real Salt Lake Schedule: Oct. 17-23, 2011 (subject to change)
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.
Monday, October 17: Off Day
Tuesday, October 18: Training at XanGo Field in Lehi – 11:00 a.m. MT
Wednesday, October 19: Training at XanGo Field – 11:00 a.m. MT
Thursday, October 20: Training at XanGo Field – 11:00 a.m. MT
Friday, October 21: Training at Rio Tinto Stadium – 11:00 a.m. MT
Saturday, October 22: MLS Regular Season (RSL Game #34) – Real Salt Lake v. Portland Timbers – Fan Appreciation Night, presented by Molding Box
- 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff – Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
- TV: No local broadcast; MLS Direct Kick package (subscription required)
- Radio: Rock 99.1-FM (pre-game show starts at 6:00 p.m.) (English); Juan 1600-AM (Spanish)
- Online: Live updates via Official RSL Twitter Feed (@RealSaltLake) and MLS MatchCenter on RealSaltLake.com
Sunday, October 23: Off Day