SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake will officially begin its 10th season on Friday, with players reporting to Salt Lake City for entrance physicals. The Claret-and-Cobalt will begin preseason training under new Head Coach Jeff Cassar on Saturday, when the team will head to Grande Sports World – the home of the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy – just outside of Casa Grande, Ariz. for its first preseason training camp.
The Claret-and-Cobalt will train at Grande Sports World from Jan. 25-Feb. 1. Attached is a PDF copy of Real Salt Lake’s roster for the team’s upcoming preseason trip to Casa Grande, Ariz. In addition to the players listed on the attached roster, RSL-Arizona Academy players will also spend time training with the Claret-and-Cobalt first-team in Casa Grande.
After returning briefly to Salt Lake City, RSL will head on Feb. 4 to Southern California for its second leg of preseason training. The team will train at the University of California-Irvine in Irvine, Calif. from Feb. 4-13 and play in two matches – one against UC-Irvine on Feb. 8 at 3:00 p.m. MT at Anteater Stadium and a second against MLS Western Conference foe Chivas USA on Feb. 13 at 12:00 p.m. MT at StubHub Center.
Following its trip to Irvine, the team will head back to Utah for a weekend before returning to Arizona on Feb. 17 for a two-week stint in Tucson to participate in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament. This will be Real Salt Lake’s third-consecutive year in the round-robin competition, which will feature fellow MLS clubs Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution, along with USL Premier Development League club FC Tucson.
The FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and will conclude with the Championship and consolation matches on Saturday, March 1. A full schedule and ticketing information for all of the 2014 MLS Preseason games in Tucson can be found at www.FCTucson.com.
Following the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, RSL will return to Utah to begin preparations for its MLS season opener on Saturday, March 8 at LA Galaxy. Following the opener at the Galaxy, RSL will travel up the California coast to take on San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, March 15. The Claret-and-Cobalt will open its 2014 home schedule on Saturday, March 22, when it will host the Galaxy at 2:00 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium in a nationally televised game on NBC Sports Network. Click here for Real Salt Lake’s full 2014 MLS regular season schedule.
Real Salt Lake 2014 Preseason Key Dates/Schedule (subject to change)
All times MT
Preseason Opens – Salt Lake City
Jan. 24 – Entrance physicals in Salt Lake City
Preseason Training Trip No. 1 – Casa Grande, Ariz.
Jan. 25 – Travel to Casa Grande, Ariz.
Jan. 25-Feb. 1 – Training at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz.
Feb. 1 – Return to Utah
Preseason Training Trip No. 2 – Irvine, Calif.
Feb. 4 – Travel to Irvine, Calif.
Feb. 4-7 – Training at the University of California-Irvine in Irvine, Calif.
Feb. 8 – UC-Irvine vs. Real Salt Lake – Anteater Stadium – 3:00 p.m.
Feb. 9-12 – Training at the University of California-Irvine in Irvine, Calif.
Feb. 13 – Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake – StubHub Center – 12:00 p.m.
Feb. 14 – Return to Utah
Preseason Training Trip No. 3 – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup
Feb. 17 – Travel to Tucson
Feb. 18 – Training at Kino Sports Complex
Feb. 19 – Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution - North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex – 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 20-21 – Training at Kino Sports Complex
Feb. 22 – Real Salt Lake vs. Chicago Fire – North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex – 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 23-25 – Training at Kino Sports Complex
Feb. 26 – Real Salt Lake vs. FC Tucson – North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex – 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 27-28 – Training at Kino Sports Complex
March 1 – Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
5th Place vs. 6th Place – 2:30 p.m
3rd Place vs. 4th Place – 5:00 p.m.
1st Place vs. 2nd Place – 7:30 p.m.
2014 MLS Regular Season Opener
Real Salt Lake at LA Galaxy – Saturday, March 8 - StubHub Center – 8:30 p.m.
2014 RSL Home Opener
Real Salt Lake v. LA Galaxy – Saturday, March 22 - Rio Tinto Stadium – 2:00 p.m. (NBCSN)