On This Date: Jan. 19, 2005 - RSL acquires Brian Dunseth

On This Date In Real Salt Lake History

January 19, 2005

Monday marks the 10th anniversary of what has proved to be an important date in Real Salt Lake’s history.  It was on January 19, 2005, that the club acquired seven-year MLS veteran and former U.S. Olympic captain Brian Dunseth in a trade with FC Dallas.

Dunseth had played seven seasons in MLS with the New England Revolution, Miami Fusion, Columbus Crew and FC Dallas before a one-year stint with Bodens BK in Sweden in 2004.  The 27-year-old defender had played 147 career matches and brought that experience to the expansion club in its inaugural season.

And while he became renowned for scoring Real Salt Lake’s first home goal at Rice-Eccles Stadium to deliver RSL its first ever victory, his impact on the club since retirement has been felt exponentially.  In the broadcast booth as an analyst and presenter with Real Salt Lake since 2006, Dunseth has brought the game into the fans’ living rooms, making the game accessible to fans you and old, novice and expert.  There, as part of the game broadcast, ESPN radio’s On Frame and through online coverage at RealSaltLake.com, Dunseth has enlightened, enthused and engaged the fanbase as it has grown into the crowds that regularly sell out Rio Tinto Stadium today.

On the field, Dunseth started 24 matches for Real Salt Lake in 2005 before he was traded to Chivas USA in 2006.  Only five players played in more matches for RSL that season.

In addition to his work with RSL, Dunseth has also done television analysis for ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports and the Pac-12 Network, among others.