RSL News Stand: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Plenty of Claret-and-Cobalt notes to catch up on this Thursday morning, as well as the aftermath from a crazy night in CONCACAF Champions League action and more news and notes from around “Planet MLS” …


#RSL Tweets of the Day (@RealSaltLake)

   William Johnson@WillJohnson08

Who would have ever thought that TFC would progress farther than Dallas, LA, and Seattle. Wow, congrats to my CMNT boys.

   Brian Straus@BrianStraus

Just because, here's scene before RSL-Monterrey. Lots of streamers, confidence. When will MLS get this close again?

   Michael C. Lewis@MCLTribune

Thierry Henry uses #RSL as example of kind of team his Red Bulls need to become, or face another season like last year.


93% - Real Salt Lake had the best tackle success rate of any MLS team in Week 1, winning 93%(13/14) of its tackles attempted. Stealthy. #RSL

   Rogue Cavaliers Brig@RCBofRSL

@RealSaltLake @rslnation @RSLFRONT Come join The RCB and other RSL fans as we march in the St.Patrick's Day Parade:


RSL Quick Kicks

  • Happy two-year anniversary to striker extraordinaire Álvaro Saborío, who officially signed with Real Salt Lake via a loan deal with Swiss side FC Sion on March 15, 2010. The Costa Rican international has rewritten the RSL record books, becoming the first player in team history to bag double-digit goals in back-to-back years in regular season play while spearheading the team’s charge to the CONCACAF Champions League Finals with 8 goals in 11 games across the 2010/11 competition.
  • With the return of the RSL Reserves that played Tuesday night at FC Dallas it’s back to full strength for Real Salt Lake today at training, as the full squad will be together for the first time all week at America First Field for today’s 11:00 a.m. session. A reminder to fans that, while all sessions at America First Field are open to the public, the squad will also be hosting an open practice session Friday at Rio Tinto Stadium at 11:00 a.m. … RSL Facebook Fans are asked to RSVP for tomorrow morning’s hour-long session at “The RioT” via the “Real Week” tab at RSL’s Facebook page.
  • Real Week 2012 rolls on Thursday with the continuation of the “City Scarfing” scavenger hunt, being run through the team’s Facebook pages via Instagram photos. Click here for the full calendar of Real Week events across the weekend as it builds towards Saturday night’s payoff at Rio Tinto Stadium against the Red Bulls!


RSL News Stand “A/V Club”

(AUDIO) GM Garth Lagerwey on the “Bill Riley Show” – Wednesday, March 14

(AUDIO) The Best Soccer Show podcast, feat. Sebastian Velasquez

(AUDIO) Real Nation: This is L.A.

(VIDEO) The Daily: 3/14 – Player of the Week revealed, will Power Rankings change?

(VIDEO) MLS Player of the Week, Week 1: Kalif Alhassan

(PHOTO) MLS Facebook Page: In Pictures: MLS Week 1


Real Salt Lake News & Notes

The Salt Lake Tribune: New schedule format could put a dent in RSL’s pursuit of Supporters Shield

The Salt Lake Tribune (RSL blog): Might RSL Academy player wind up with El Salvador at the Olympics?

The Salt Lake Tribune (RSL blog): RSL’s Nat Borchers makes season debut in reserve loss at FC Dallas

Deseret News: Real Salt Lake taking more cautious approach with injuries Hablondo de la MLS con Fabian Espindola Injured Beltran likely out for RSL’s home opener vs. NY Galarcep: RSL’s win should put MLS on notice

Prost Amerika: The missing pieces – RSL’s magnificent start

Real Nation: Velasquez stuns in debut

Under The Crossbar: News Roundup: Olave, Alvarez join Twitter, Beltran out, Borchers returning


Major League Soccer News & Notes Kick Off: All the reaction from a shocking night of CCL Henry: New York must improve or face repeat of 2011 Climbing the Ladder: MLS player heights & First XIs (The Sideline blog): Out of Focus: The overwhelming West MLS Notebook – New England’s new philosophy and Thierry Henry’s role with Red Bulls 2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 1

RSL Soapbox: Major League Soccer Power Rankings – Week 1

Big Apple Soccer: Frying pan into the fire Player of the Week: Kalif Alhassan

ESPN Los Angeles: Power Rankings: Bruins everywhere

Soccer By Ives: SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 1

Soccer by Ives: D.C. United signs lease to stay at RFK through 2013

US Soccer Players: The good and the bad in MLS

Setting the Table: Is the Shield dead?

Once a Metro: Know the Opponent: New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake

Torn By Sports: MLS Rankings: Week 1

Bleacher Report: MLS Week 2: Predictions and previews for week ahead

Futbol Univision: “El apoyo de los fanáticos en la MLS crece y “entusiasma”: Diego Balado ¿Quién es el Latino de la Jornada 1? Palabra de Balado: Crecimiento en la MLS es palpable Webeando Futbol: ¿Cómo será la MLS en 10 años?


CONCACAF Champions League News & Notes CCL Recap: Toronto stun Galaxy 2-1, head to semifinals CCL Recap: Gomez, Santos rout Seattle 6-1 in second leg CCL: Galaxy in disbelief after aggregate loss to Toronto Disaster for Seattle, L.A. in CCL Santos 6-1 Seattle: Sounders crash out Galaxy 1-2 Toronto: Canadian team in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal for first time The “March 14 Massacre:” A night of CONCACAF Champions League surprise Deconstructing the Galaxy downfall …

Soccer America Daily: Toronto shocks the Galaxy

Soccer America Daily: Herculez  Gomez takes down sloppy Seattle