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.
How to Follow Real Salt Lake v. D.C. United
- TV: MLS Direct Kick package (subscription required)
- Radio: ESPN 700 & ESPN700Sports.com (English) (pre-game coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. MT), ESPN Deportes 1600-AM & Juan 106.1-FM (Spanish)
- Online: Streaming video via Matchday Live on MLSsoccer.com (subscription required), in-match updates via Official RSL Twitter Feed (@RealSaltLake) and MLS MatchCenter live stats monitor on www.RealSaltLake.com
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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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