RSL News Stand: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It’s “Home Opener Eve” for Real Salt Lake, and the RSL News Stand is here to help get you ready, both for tomorrow’s kickoff against New York and the rest of the action during Major League Soccer’s Week 2 slate …


#RSL Tweets of the Day (@RealSaltLake)

   Francisco R. Ruiz ‏ @CiscoRobRuiz

I highly suggest coming to the RSL vs. Chivas USA on Saturday. It will be beautiful weather, and Real Salt Lake will dominate! #RSL

   Nat Borchers ‏ @natborchers

Thanks to all the fans who came out to watch us today at America First Field.

   jonny steele ‏ @jonnysteele22

Love seeing the mountains every morn!!!!

   Tony Beltran ‏ @tonybeltran23

Finishing my morning lift with an ice bath. Timer needs to hurry so I can make kickoff for the reserve game! Have to support all my#mates!

   Real Salt Lake ‏ @RealSaltLake

Felicidades a nuestro mediocampista @Javi_Mo11 y Noelia por el nacimiento de su hijo Mateo ... Que Dios los vendiga! #RSL


RSL Quick Kicks

  • Congratulations go out to the growing family of midfield maestro Javier Morales, who had an excused absence from Tuesday’s MLS Reserve League contest following the birth of his second son, Mateo, early yesterday morning.
  • Real Salt Lake fans will have a half-hour of Sebastian Velasquez’s undivided attention this afternoon, as the rookie midfielder will host a live chat on RSL’s Facebook fan page, beginning between 1:00-1:30 p.m.
  • RSL’s Tuesday injury report was much lighter than in weeks past, as DF Nat Borchers (L quadriceps strain) and MF Will Johnson (bi-lateral adductor strain) were both upgraded to questionable in advance of Saturday’s game against Chivas USA, while striker Álvaro Saborío (R internal knee injury) was bumped up to probable after going the full 90 minutes in yesterday’s Reserve League contest against Sporting KC.
  • Today’s training will be split-squad style, with players logging heavy minutes in said 1-1 draw with Sporting KC Reserves yesterday doing regeneration exercises at Rio Tinto Stadium with the rest of the squad undergoing a regular session at America First Field:
    • Regen at RTS: Alvarez, Bonfigli, Borchers, Cruz, de Almeida, Estridge, Johnson, Martinez, Muniz, Reynish, Saborio and Steele
    • Training at America First Field: Beckerman, Beltran, Espindola, Fernandez, Gil, Grabavoy, Olave, Orellana, Paulo Jr, Rimando, Salcedo, Schuler, Tanaka, Velasquez and Wingert
  • After going the full 90 minutes in yesterday’s Reserve League contest, defender Chris Estridge will remain on the Wasatch Front to trial with the Claret-and-Cobalt through next week’s MLSRL fixture at Chicago. In addition, RSL-Arizona Academy products DF Carlos Salcedo and FW Maikon Orellana will also stick around and train with the first team through next Tuesday’s MLSRL road contest.


RSL News Stand “A/V Club”

(VIDEO) The Daily – Wednesday, March 21

(VIDEO) YouTube: Nico Muñiz goal v. Sporting KC Reserves – Tuesday, March 20

(VIDEO) ESPNDeportes: Lo que ha dejado la MLS

(AUDIO) Jason Kreis on the “Bill Riley Show” – Tuesday, March 20

(PHOTO) RSL Facebook Fan Page: Photo Gallery: MLS Reserve League – RSL v. Sporting KC

(PHOTO) USA Today: MLS Best XI Photo Gallery – Week 2


RSL News and Notes

The Salt Lake Tribune: Major League Soccer: Real Salt Lake’s injured veterans on the mend

The Salt Lake Tribune (RSL Blog): Recovering regulars show well in RSL Reserves’ draw … MLS Reserve League Recap – Real Salt Lake 1: 1 Sporting KC

Prost Amerika: RSL & Sporting KC Reserves draw 1-1

Real Nation: Salt Lake gaining depth

OKESPAÑOL: Real continúa su gran inicio de temporada


MLS News and Notes Team of the Week: West dominates here, too Castrol Index: Estrada’s hat trick propels him to the top Climbing the Ladder: Shutout streaks to open the season MLS TV Listings: Catch all the action to come in Week 3

NBC Sports: Pro Soccer Talk: Weekly checkup on our debuting MLS Panic Quotient West already showing MLS superiority

The Sporting News: MLS power rankings: Western Conference dominance could backfire thanks to imbalanced schedule, playoff format

Soccer America: MLS on NBC Sports Network gets big bump in viewers

Soccer America: MLS Schedule

Soccer America: Rosales, Frings sidelined, Mattocks out indefinitely

Soccer By Ives: Which struggling Eastern Conference team is most likely to turn things around?

Yahoo Sports: TV rating for MLS on NBC increases in Week 2

SBNation: MLS Power Rankings, Week 2: Real Salt Lake Bolsters No. 1 Ranking Estrada, Espíndola, Fernández, Espinoza y Felipe seleccionados … Juan Pablo Ángel no cree tener una conmoción cerebral


US Soccer & International New & Notes Captain Adu, Agudelo, Shea highlight in US Olympic roster

Soccer America: U.S. Olympic hopefuls include 14 MLS rising stars

Soccer America: Klinsmann: ‘Landon needs to be there’

ESPNSoccer: Q&A with USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann

NBCSports: FIFA posts World Cup action on new YouTube Channel

NBCSports: Pro Soccer Talk: Why U.S. Soccer and CONCACAF chose Nashville

NBCSports: Pro Soccer Talk: Goal celebration talk: top 2012 MLS moment of elation so far Messi, Jordan, and the NBA problem

Univision: EEUU favorito en Grupo A del Preolímpico, El Salvador y Canadá sus rivales