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RSL Preview & Notes vs. D.C. United

REAL SALT LAKE GAME PREVIEW & NOTES:

RSL v. D.C. UNITED – SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011

TV/Radio/Online Information for How to Follow Saturday’s Contest in Sandy;

MLS Game Guide for RSL v. United Now Available Online

 

SANDY, Utah (Friday, June 17, 2011)Real Salt Lake (6-3-3, 21 pts.; 5th in West) is ready to kick off its busy summer slate of games at Rio Tinto Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, when it welcomes D.C. United (4-5-4, 16 pts.; 5th in East) for its lone appearance in the Beehive State this season. RSL’s home-field advantage for the “Summer Kickoff, presented by Zions Bank” will come alive for the 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff, which will be preceded by the Carnival Real pre-game festival on the stadium’s East Lawn beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the contest 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 beginning at 10:00 a.m. on gameday.

Click here for the MLSsoccer.com preview of Saturday's Real Salt Lake-D.C. United contest.

 

How to Follow Real Salt Lake v. D.C. United

 

MLS Game Guide for RSL v. D.C. United Now Available Online

Following is the Issuu online reader and downloadable PDF link for the MLS Game Guide (Game Notes) in advance of Saturday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and D.C. United at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. If you have any problems downloading the document as an attachment or are seeking more information on the match, please contact John Koluder in the RSL Communications Department via email at jkoluder@RealSaltLake.com.

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Online PDF for download: MLS Game Guide – RSL vs. D.C. United

 

RSL History v. D.C. United

The time for Real Salt Lake to move back to the top of the Western Conference table is now, as the Utah side will play seven of its next ten regular season contests at its Rio Tinto Stadium home, a span stretching through its Aug. 6 date against the New York Red Bulls in Sandy. That stretch begins Saturday with D.C. United, against whom RSL has compiled a 5-4-3 regular season ledger against. All five RSL victories against D.C. have come on Utah soil (5-1-0), including last season’s 3-0 triumph over the Black-and-Red on July 31 [Saborío (13’), Findley (79’), González (93+’)]. RSL and United also met in back-to-back games just over a year ago in sweltering conditions at RFK Stadium, with D.C. taking a 2-1 overtime result in a U.S. Open Cup qualifier on June 2 before the two sides dueled to a scoreless draw in a league meeting three days later.

 

RSL “Game Note” of the Match: GK Nick Rimando’s D.C. Connections

Several MLS luminaries have called both the nation’s capital and the Beehive State their MLS home including GK Nick Rimando, who was RSL’s 2009 MLS Cup MVP and has been the defensive backbone for the team since his arrival in 2007, yet the stellar netminder won his first MLS Cup with United in 2004 … Rimando dominates the record books for both sides, owning all the significant goalkeeping milestones for each team … United Head Coach Ben Olsen – a teammate of Rimando’s during his tenure in D.C. – officiated the RSL goalkeeper’s wedding to the former Jacqui Little back in December, 2005 in Malibu, Calif.

Rimando – a 12-year MLS veteran who has started in every career appearance in goal, and who won MLS Cup in 2004 with United and in 2009 with RSL – came into MLS with the Miami Fusion … A comparison of Rimando’s outstanding D.C. and RSL careers:

 

                                      2000-01         2002-06         2007-11                         Reg. Season

Rimando                          MIA             DC           RSL    Playoffs         Career        

Minutes                           4302          8956        10835          1939           24093

Appearances                       47              98            121              21               266

Starts                                   47              98            121              21               266

Wins                                    25              41              46                9               112

Losses                                 16              36              39                6                 97

G.A.A.                              1.55           1.22           1.12           1.25              1.21

Shots Faced                      305            476            586            117             1367

Saves                                218            355            428              84             1001

Shutouts                                7              29              44                6                 80

SV %                                71.5           72.2           73.7           71.8              72.5

 

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