RSL News Stand: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Just two days remain until Real Salt Lake kicks off its 2012 campaign in Los Angeles, which means the last of the RSL and/or MLS season previews are hitting the internet as we type! Also make sure you check out the reaction from last night’s CCL Quarterfinal match-ups involving three MLS sides and interviews with ‘keeper Nick Rimando and GM Garth Lagerwey from yesterday’s “Bill Riley Show” on ESPN 700 …


#RSL Tweets of the Day (@RealSaltLake)

William Johnson@WillJohnson08

Shout out to Canadian legend Pat Onstad for advising me to stay an extra day in Munich to help recover. #wiseoldfox #experienced #goodguy


ABC 4 News@ktvx

The season begins for @RealSaltLake this Saturday as #RSL takes on the LA Galaxy. Coverage starts at 8pm


Allison Norris@allis2024

Ahhh! So excited the @MLS season is just 2 days away! Here we go again! #FirstKick #RSL



Video: #RSL I’m Salt Lake Til I Die


RSL Quick Kicks

  • MLS Commissioner Don Garber will hold a media teleconference on this afternoon at 2:00 pm MT, and you can listen in live on Channel 1. The Commissioner will take questions from the media about the preseason and this weekend's First Kick, presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, including the Dallas-New York match on Sunday (1:00 pm MT, NBC Sports Network).
  • You can probably count the Rio Tinto Stadium Operations Department and RSL coaching staff among those not rooting for a switch to the international fall through spring calendar, as those two groups combined yesterday morning to shovel two inches of fresh snow off the new America First Field pitch. Their diligent work allowed RSL to get in a two-hour session at the new Sandy facility, which will host the squad’s final Utah-based session prior to Saturday’s season opener today from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • The pundits aren’t the only ones picking the LA Galaxy to run away with the Supporters Shield this season … the robots are as well! The folks at EA Sports ran a simulation of the 2012 MLS campaign through its popular FIFA ’12 title and found the Galaxy (22-3-9, 75 pts.) to be a comfortable winner in the Western Conference over Real Salt Lake, which likely wouldn’t complain with its projected 19-4-11 record and 68 points. FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC were well back in a third-place tie on 50 points, while New York (66 pts) emerged as the virtual winner of the Eastern Conference over Columbus and Sporting Kansas City, both sitting on 59 fake points. In true “Team is the Star” fashion, the game predicted no double-digit scorer would be involved in RSL’s projected 61-goal haul.


RSL News Stand “A/V Club”

(VIDEO) RSL opens new training field in Sandy

(VIDEO) 2012 MLS season preview built by The Home Depot: Power Players

(VIDEO) 2012 MLS season preview built by The Home Depot: Young Players

(AUDIO ALERT) Listen: MLS Commissioner Garber conference call: 2:00 pm MT

(AUDIO) RSL’s Nick Rimando on the “Bill Riley Show” – Wed. March 7

(AUDIO) GM Garth Lagerwey on the “Bill Riley Show” – Wed. March 7

(AUDIO) Real Nation: Mega Off-season Podcast Part II


RSL News & Notes

Salt Lake Tribune: Kragthorpe: Real Salt Lake has staying power in MLS

Salt Lake Tribune: Real Salt Lake: Young Sebastian Velasquez makes a great early impression …

Salt Lake Tribune: Real Salt Lake: Not many new players ready for ‘unique’ RSL system

Deseret News: Real Salt Lake: Yordany Alvarez lands a spot since Kyle Beckerman may be busy…

Deseret News: Real Salt Lake: Reflecting on 10 unfortunate moments …

SB Nation: 2012 Real Salt Lake preview: Reserves will likely play big role, again

The Sports Network: Health will be biggest factor for RSL in 2012

RSL Soapbox: Where does RSL stand in my Western Conference Preview and Power Rankings?

World Soccer Reader: MLS Preview: #4 RSL – What exactly happened to that depth?


MLS News & Notes Kick Off: Toronto fans are the big winners in CCL draw

Soccer America Daily: Commish Dan Garber: MLS riding positive momentum

Soccer America: Changes come to Western Conference

RSL Soapbox: Major League Soccer announces some details of the new red card review system

Under The Crossbar: Strength in Depth, 2012: Defenders MLS thriving decade after barely hanging on It’s official: Clavijo now in place at FC Dallas Stadium

Opposing Views: 2012 MLS Preview: 5 young stars to watch


CONCACAF News & Notes CCL Recap: Galaxy fight back for 2-2 draw with TFC in quarterfinal opener CCL Recap: Sounders top Santos 2-1 in QF first leg

Soccer America Daily: Seattle holds serve against Santos

Soccer America Daily: Galaxy spoils Toronto party 

Futbol Univision: Seattle sacó un resultado favorable ante Santos en los cuartos de final

Futbol Univision: Dramático empate entre Galaxy y Toronto en partido de ida de los cuartos de final