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How Is RSL Celebrating AAPI Night


Real Salt Lake will celebrate their third annual AAPI Night against Portland at America First Field on May 17, 2023.

“The AAPI community has a rich tradition and heritage in Utah. We're honored to not only recognize that, but honor them in our annual dedicated match,” said Tyler Gibbons, VP of Marketing and Game Production at Real Salt Lake.

Since 1990, the U.S. government has designated the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States and Real Salt Lake is proud to highlight the entire AAPI community against the Timbers on Wednesday.

According to, Utah’s AAPI population has more than doubled since 2000, and members of this community have been essential in making the state what it is today.

“AAPI night allows us as a Club to continue to celebrate all of our fans and community which help make the RioT such a unique and special place,” said Kyle Schroeder, RSL Director of Community and Player Engagement. “The AAPI community is an important part of both our fanbase and all of Salt Lake City and we are honored to be able to recognize them on a larger scale.”

Real Salt Lake will also have Kanani Pua Dance perform during halftime at Wednesday’s match. The dance studio located in Taylorsville was started by Ele Pua and her studio practices a wide variety of polynesian dances. You can learn more about other members of our AAPI community below.

Real Salt Lake and Visit Utah teamed up to shine a spotlight on local AAPI owned businesses. You can read our AAPI local business spotlight here:

Tickets are still available for Wednesday’s match, you can get yours here.