RSL News Stand: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

After a brief hiatus, the RSL News Stand returns with more than enough news and notes to keep you busy this Tuesday afternoon …


#RSL Tweets of the Day(s)

   Luis Gil@luisitogil21 (Feb 28)

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   William Johnson@WillJohnson08 (Feb 27)

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  Jon Copier@jonebgood5

Stoked!! The 12 actually stands for the days before the season starts. Not the year. #rsl

   Spencer Checketts@KFANSpence (Feb 26)

You know that day where there's enough warmth to remind you that @RealSaltLake's season is right around the corner? Yeah, that day is today.


The RSL 3-Day Forecast

Tuesday, February 28: Training at Kino Sports Complex – 11:00 a.m. MT

Wednesday, February 29: FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup: Game #3 vs. New England Revolution – 6:00 p.m. MT, LIVE streaming video on

Thursday: March 1: Regeneration training, no on-field practice session scheduled

*** 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’s “Quick Restarts”

  • Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis will kick off another season of Tuesday afternoon visits on ESPN 700’s “Bill Riley Show” today at 4:40 p.m., when the sideline boss will catch up with “The Voice of RSL” live from Tucson.
  • MF Jonny Steele returned to the field for a portion of the RSL’s training session alongside the full squad for the first time during the Tucson camp on Monday. The 26-year-old is recovering from a knock to his right knee suffered when he was kicked during RSL’s scrimmage against D.C. United back on Feb. 14.
  • Trialists DF Kasali Casal and FW John Owoeri were cut from the RSL camp over the weekend, leaving DF Lance Laing as the only new trialist during the Tucson camp to carry over into the second week.
  • Speaking of Laing, the Jamaican left back celebrates his 24th birthday today in Tucson. He’ll be hoping for a late birthday present in the upcoming days, as a good showing in tomorrow night’s Desert Diamond Cup match against New England could result in locking up a coveted spot on the Claret-and-Cobalt when MLS’ roster compliance date hits on Thursday.


RSL News Stand “A/V Club”

(AUDIO) ExtraTime Radio podcast, Feat. Nat Borchers – Monday, Feb. 27

(VIDEO) Watch LIVE MLS preseason action: Tuesday schedule

(VIDEO) The Timbers Army takes Portlandia


RSL News & Notes

Soccer America Daily: ‘High expectations’ guide Salt Lake through rough preseason

Tucson Daily Star: Tucson just part of MLS resurgence Countdown to First Kick – 11 The Next Best XI

RSL Soapbox: A closer look at the 2012 Real Salt Lake roster Part 3 – The Impact of the rules

RSL Soapbox: A closer look at the 2012 Real Salt Lake roster Part 4 – The Roster

RSL Soapbox: “I am Sebastian Velasquez”

Prost Amerika: 3 hopes and one fear for Real Salt Lake

Standard-Examiner: Kevin Baxter: Tucson wants MLS in the spring


MLS News & Notes Kick Off – Tuesday, Feb. 28: For Portland Timbers fans, there’s no preseason Warner hopes experience leads to minutes in Montreal Monday Postgame: US roster tweaks, preseason action Monday MLS Breakdown: MLS tweaks roster rules to make accommodations at the top end

Soccer By Ives: MLS Notes: Nyarko gets Ghana call-up, Wenger used at forward & more

The Sierra Vista Herald: Big-time soccer finding a home in Tucson Pre-season power rankings: West


US Soccer News & Notes US set for true road test vs. daunting Italy side International Friendly Preview: Italy - USA Frank Isola: Red, White and Azzurri - a one-sided rivalry

Soccer By Ives: Who should the USMNT start vs. Italy? Klinsmann looks to break Italy drought Bradley expects tough game against Italy

Soccer America: Alex Morgan follows Hope to Seattle

The Shin Guardian: TSG’s official USA vs. Italy preview: Azzurri skies for the states Kristine Lilly named Finalist for U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame The MNT Blog: McBride: Mentality, team unity key to playing against Italy Scouting Report: Italy