REAL SALT LAKE SCHEDULE: MARCH 12-18, 2012
RSL’s 2012 Rio Tinto Slate Starts Saturday with Visit by New York Red Bulls;
Second Season in MLS Reserve League also Begins with Tuesday Contest at FC Dallas
SANDY, Utah (Sunday, March 11, 2012) – Real Salt Lake (1-0-0, 3 pts.) will look to build on its season opening win at the LA Galaxy this Saturday, March 17, when the Utah side opens the Rio Tinto Stadium portion of its 2012 regular season schedule against the New York Red Bulls (0-1-0, 0 pts.). Kickoff against standout striker Thierry Henry and company is set for 8:00 p.m. MT, while the festivities in Sandy will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the opening of the Carnival Real pre-game festival on the stadium’s east lawn.
Real Salt Lake will help fans get ready for Saturday’s home opener during its annual “Real Week” celebration, a weeklong schedule of events spread throughout the Salt Lake valley. Fans can click here for the full calendar of events, which kicks off Monday afternoon at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City with player appearances at Junior Achievement’s “JA City” event, which fans can RSVP for online, and a live remote of ESPN700’s “Bill Riley Show.”
Tickets for Saturday’s home opener remain on sale, and fans are encouraged to visit the Zions Bank Ticket Outlet on RealSaltLake.com to see the range of seating options available, including single-game tickets and the Opening Day 2-Pack, which features two tickets to Saturday’s contest and an additional MLS regular season contest starting at just $80. Fans can also purchase tickets throughout the week by calling 801-727-2700 or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00-6:00 p.m. and on gameday beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Fans that cannot make it to Sandy can watch the proceedings live on ABC4, with pre-game coverage from Rio Tinto Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m., and listen to the action via official RSL radio partners ESPN 700/ESPN700Sports.com and La Gran D 102.3 FM.
After failing to win any of its first 10 contests (0-4-6) against New York through the start of the 2009 season – including the 2008 Western Conference Championship at Rio Tinto Stadium – Real Salt Lake has since gone undefeated in their last five meetings, resulting in an evening of the all-time series at 4-4-7. The Claret-and-Cobalt swept last year’s two meetings in dominant fashion, posting a 3-0 win in Sandy on August 6 (Borchers 13, Gil 44, Saborío 77) before marching out of Red Bull Arena on Sept. 21 with a 3-1 victory (Saborío 7; Espíndola 11, 21 / Lindpere 69), the latter result pushing the Utah side’s winning streak to a club-record-tying five games at the time.
RSL Renews Play in MLS Reserve League Tuesday at FC Dallas
There’s more than just the regular season home opener to prepare for this week, as Real Salt Lake will kick off its second season of play in the MLS Reserve League on Tuesday with a visit to FC Dallas. Kickoff at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex., is set for 6:30 p.m. MT, and fans can keep track of the main match events as they happen via RSL’s gameday @RSLkickoff Twitter feed. Tuesday’s match will mark the first of 10 Central Conference clashes for the RSL Reserves in 2012, the schedule starting off with contests on each of the next three Tuesdays (@ FC Dallas, vs. Sporting KC and @ Chicago).
Real Salt Lake Schedule, March 12-18, 2012
*** 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 jkoluder@RealSaltLake.com.
Monday, March 12:
- Starters from Saturday @ LA: Off Day
- Remainder of squad: Training at America First Field in Sandy – 11:00 a.m. MT
Tuesday, March 13:
- Starters from Saturday @ LA: Training at America First Field – 11:00 a.m. MT
- MLS Reserve League: Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas – 6:30 p.m. MT kickoff at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex. (live updates on @RSLkickoff Twitter feed)
Wednesday, March 14:
- Reserve game players: Return to Utah; Off day
- Remainder of squad: Training at America First Field – 11:00 a.m. MT
Thursday, March 15: Training at America First Field– 11:00 a.m. MT
Friday, March 16: Training at Rio Tinto Stadium – 11:00 a.m. MT
- As part of “Real Week,” RSL’s Facebook fans are invited to Friday’s open practice at Rio Tinto Stadium – only those that RSVP through the “Real Week” tab at RSL’s official Facebook Fan Page will be able to gain entrance.
Saturday, March 17: 2012 Home Opener – Real Salt Lake vs. New York Red Bulls
- Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. MT from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
- TV: ABC4 (pre-game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. MT)
- English Radio: ESPN700/ESPN700Sports.com (pre-game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.)
- Spanish Radio: La Gran D 102.3 FM
Sunday, March 18: Off Day