REAL SALT LAKE KICKS OFF 2012 PRESEASON THURSDAY MORNING
Squad to Undergo Fitness Testing at U of U’s Spence Eccles Field House from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MT;
RSL to Train throughout Weekend before Departing for First Spring Training Trip to Arizona Next Tuesday
SANDY, Utah (Monday, January 23, 2012) – The 2012 preseason for Real Salt Lake begins in earnest this Thursday, Jan. 26, when players will gather as a team for the first time and undergo their annual round of base fitness tests at the Spence Eccles Field House on the campus of the University of Utah (650 Guardsman Way) from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MT. Following the session, all RSL players and coaches in attendance, including RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis, will be made available to members of the media.
Media members are encouraged to appear at Thursday’s practice by 11:00 a.m. to ensure access to the full roster of available players after they finish their individual tests. A full list of Thursday’s participating players and the finalized 2012 RSL preseason roster will be issued by the RSL Communications Department on Wednesday, the day when all RSL players must report to Salt Lake City for their preseason physicals.
In addition to Thursday’s testing session, Real Salt Lake is also scheduled to train Friday at the Spence Eccles Field House before moving south to XanGo Field in Lehi (2889 Ashton Blvd.) for noon sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. The Claret-and-Cobalt will get an off day next Monday to prepare for a Tuesday, Jan. 31 departure to Arizona, where RSL will split its first two-week spring training camp of 2012 between the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Scottsdale and the Grande Sports World facility in Casa Grande, the latter also serving as the home of the RSL-Arizona Academy program.
Real Salt Lake 2012 Preseason Schedule (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.
Wed., Jan. 25: Players report to Utah for preseason physicals
Thurs., Jan. 26: Fitness testing at Spence Eccles Field House (Univ. of Utah campus) – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MT
Fri., Jan. 27: Training at Spence Eccles Field House – 10:00 a.m.; Friday Friendly event at RSL Team Store – 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 28: Training at XanGo Field in Lehi – 12:00 p.m.; RSL Open House event at Rio Tinto Stadium – 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 29: Training at XanGo Field – 12:00 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 30: Off day
Jan. 31 – Feb. 14: Arizona Preseason Camp #1
- Travel to Scottsdale on Tues., Jan. 31
- Jan. 31-Feb. 8 – Reach 11 Sports Complex in Scottsdale
- Feb. 9-14 – Grande Sports World in Casa Grande
- Two exhibition games – TBA
- Return to Utah on Tues., Feb. 14
Feb. 15-16: Off days
Feb. 17-19: Utah-based training sessions – TBA
Feb. 20-Mar. 4: Arizona Preseason Camp #2
- Travel to Tucson on Mon., Feb. 20 for FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup tournament
- Games on Wed., Feb. 22 (v. New York Red Bulls), Sat., Feb. 25 (v. LA Galaxy), Wed., Feb. 29 (v. New England Revolution) & Sat., Mar. 3 (Championship/Consolation game)
- Return to Utah on Sun., Mar. 4
Saturday, Mar. 10: MLS First Kick 2012, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods – RSL at LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. – 8:30 p.m. MT kickoff
Saturday, Mar. 17: RSL 2012 MLS Home Opener v. New York Red Bulls at Rio Tinto Stadium – 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff