RSL News Stand: Saturday, February 18, 2012

Lots to get through in the Saturday News Stand, including a closer look at midfielder Luis Gil, an update on an injured RSL midfielder, analysis of the sign-and-trade return of Eddie Johnson to the ranks of MLS and plenty of material to look at and listen to in the “A/V Club” …


#RSL Tweets of the Day

   Enzo Martinez @Enzo_Martinez90

Not too bad! Can't say thanks enough to all those that made this dream come true. Blessed.

   Nick Rimando @NickRimando

Thanks to all the fans that showed up this morning and help us film the video. Hearing you guys chant #RSL gave me chills.


RSL’s “Quick Restarts”

  • MF Will Johnson will be sidelined for the short term due to an adductor injury that has progressed throughout the opening of the preseason. In the upcoming weeks, the Canadian international will undergo a sports hernia repair procedure in Germany, a minimally-invasive surgery pioneered by Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck that has allowed athletes to return to action within 3-4 weeks.
  • Today’s session will mark one of the final practices for RSL at its XANGO Field facility in Lehi. RSL and XANGO, the first company to sign a jersey-front sponsorship deal with an MLS club, opened the facility in the shadow of the company’s Thanksgiving Point area headquarters more than four-and-a-half years ago on July 18, 2007. RSL will open its new practice home, America First Field, in the weeks following its return from Tucson.


The RSL 3-Day Forecast

Saturday, February 18: Training at XANGO Field in Lehi – 12:00 p.m. MT

Sunday: February 19: Annual RSL snowshoeing hike – closed access for media

Monday, Feb. 20:

  • Media availability at SLC Int’l Airport – Delta Airlines counter from 8:15-8:30 a.m. MT
  • Travel to Tucson, Ariz., for FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament

*** Please note that, unless otherwise indicated, RSL training sessions are entirely open to members of the media and public. While all RSL players and coaches are scheduled to be available for interviews following training session, media members looking for availability for specific players can arrange their requests through RSL Asst. Director of Media Services John Koluder at 801-918-5050 or


RSL News Stand “A/V Club”

(VIDEO) RSL YouTube Home: RSL Insider, presented by AT&T: Friday, February 17

(AUDIO) Dave Checketts on the "Bill Riley Show" - Friday, February 17

(AUDIO) Chris Wingert on the “Bill Riley Show” – Friday, February 17

(AUDIO) The RSL Show: Podcast 8.02: The RSL Chant Edition

(VIDEO) ET Radio Extra: Borg puts Barbasol to the test

(IMAGE) RSL Front: Offseason Artwork


RSL News & Notes

The Salt Lake Tribune: Young star Luis Gil might shine even brighter for Real Salt Lake this season Behind the scenes – RSL fans believe What Ever Happened To … the 1999 US Under-17s

Tucson Weekly: MLS soccer in Tucson


MLS News & Notes (The Sideline): MLS in February? Just look at Champions League in Russia In wake of Euro odyssey, Johnson happy to be a Sounder Galaxy shake up front office, name McGowan as COO Armchair Analyst: 4-3-3 & the new American orthodoxy

Prost Amerika: Hanauer and Schmid put it all on the line (including themselves) In EPL loans, Donovan, Keane and Henry prove able MLS ambassadors Jay DeMerit’s Journal: I’m not the original Jeremy Lin …

Soccer By Ives: Who should Klinsmann call up vs. Italy? (Forwards)

Soccer By The Numbers: How efficient are player salaries in Major League Soccer …