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Sandy • Craig Waibel still characterizes the conversation as a healthy one. It’d be hard not to at this point. The Real Salt Lake general manager sat across the table from the club’s established goal-scorers and immediately got the vibe …

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  • Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, left, slides to tackle the ball away from Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata, right, during the first half of a knockout round MLS playoff soccer match in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Real Salt Lake: RSL locks up striker Joao Plata with new multi-year contract extension
    Sandy • Craig Waibel still characterizes the conversation as a healthy one. It’d be hard not to at this point. The Real Salt Lake general manager sat ...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 10:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jordan Smith, left, and Los Angeles Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme vie for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) MLS 2017 season preview: Team-by-team rundown of all 22 clubs
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    Updated Feb 27 2017 09:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, front left, hoists soccer’s MLS Cup with teammates after defeating Toronto FC, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP) MLS preview: Young stars invigorate an unpredictable league growing in popularity
    Go ahead and guess. Pontificate all you want. Read between the imaginary lines of a roster pieced together but not proven. When it comes to forecastin...

    Updated Feb 27 2017 09:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    RSL’s Saucedo, Lennon pace U.S. out of group play at CONCACAF U-20 Championship
    Paced by its thorough Real Salt Lake presence on the roster, the U.S. U-20 national team advanced out of group play at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 05:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) goes for the ball in MLS soccer action Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, September 24, 2016. Real Salt Lake: Beckerman’s availability for season opener still in question due to knee injury
    Kyle Beckerman never has missed a season opener since arriving at Real Salt Lake a decade ago. That nine-year run could be in jeopardy as the 34-year-...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 10:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  U.S. Soccer  From left to right: RSL academy products Danilo Acosta, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Brooks Lennon and Sebastian Saucedo with the U.S. U-20s at 2017 CONCACAF Championship in Costa Rica. Real Salt Lake: Four RSL first-teamers established figures with U.S. U-20s
    It wasn’t long ago when they’d take that familiar walk together out of the main building on Real Salt Lake’s Arizona-based academy campus north toward...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 10:11 pm   |     |   Share
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    RSL handed its first preseason loss as L.A. wins 1-0 in SoCal
    Real Salt Lake was handed its first preseason loss Tuesday in a closed-door match against the L.A. Galaxy in Southern California. The Galaxy topped RS...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 03:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    Real Salt Lake’s Jordan Allen (70) dribbles the ball as Seattle Sounders’ Cristian Roldan (7) defends during the second half of an MLS soccer game on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Sandy, Utah.  (AP Photo/Kim Raff)  RSL locks up Glad, Allen with new multiyear contract extensions
    Real Salt Lake has locked up two likely pillars of the future. On Saturday, RSL announced it had re-signed academy products and first-teamers <...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 11:27 am   |     |   Share
  • United States goalie Nick Rimando, right, stops a shot by Panama’s Eric Davis during the first half of a friendly soccer match Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Carson, Calif. The United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando relishes return to USMNT picture under Arena
    Always just a phone call away. That’s how it was for Nick Rimando under Jurgen Klinsmann. And that’s how it remained for Rimando under Bruce Arena. It...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 10:44 pm   |     |   Share
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    RSL closes out preseason Portland trip with 3-3 draw against Minnesota United
    Real Salt Lake nearly made the chilly, rainy conditions seem delightful — nearly. Three second-half goals had RSL on the cusp of an impressive end ...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 10:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    After one year at Tigres, RSL midfielder Luis Silva out to compete for starting role
    The prelude to his eventual return to Real Salt Lake, <b>Luis Silva</b> arrived in Monterrey, Mexico, with an offer he just couldn’t refu...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 10:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) celebrates his new MLS record for career game shutouts at 113 with his son Jet.  Real Salt Lake defeated D. C. United 3-0 Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Rio Tinto Stadium. Gallery: Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando
    Images of Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando....
    Updated Feb 14 2017 10:42 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Maund (21) goes for the ball along with Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi (9), in MLS soccer action, Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers, in Sandy, Friday, June 18, 2016. Real Salt Lake: ‘No one can rest’ as RSL’s center back competition heats up
    One by one, Jeff Cassar relayed his message before this five-week preseason even started. Real Salt Lake’s coach spoke to each of his established cent...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    Late goal from Allen propels RSL to 1-1 preseason draw against Vancouver
    A late equalizing goal from Jordan Allen kept Real Salt Lake’s 2017 preseason still unblemished. The RSL midfielder, who entered this preseason as ...
    Updated Feb 12 2017 06:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan (14, right) and Los Angeles Galaxy defender Leonardo (22) as Real Salt Lake hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS soccer at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday September 7, 2016. Real Salt Lake: Finally at peace and settled in Salt Lake, Yura Movsisyan out to ‘put RSL where it belongs’
    Portland, Ore. • It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and Yura Movsisyan takes a mental snapshot, one he vows he’ll never allow himself to forget: The snow-capped ...
    Updated Feb 11 2017 11:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)   Tyler Gibbons  |  Real Salt Lake New RSL attacking midfielder Albert Rusnák pictured in Thursday night’s 3-3 preseason draw against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. Real Salt Lake: Teammates ‘expect sparks’ from New DP Albert Rusnák
    Portland, Ore. • They stood a few feet beyond the 18-yard box, staring at the wall the Portland Timbers constructed to prevent the best possible path ...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 10:14 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake defender Nat Borchers (6) heads the ball, FC Dallas midfielder/forward Andres Escobar (91) defends,  in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas , at Rio Tinto Stadium, Thursday, September 6, 2014 Former RSL staple Nat Borchers trading in boots for a microphone
    Portland, Ore. • It was in December that Nat Borchers started spreading the word to his close friends around Major League Soccer. It wasn’t as difficu...

    Updated Feb 10 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    Video replay plays a part in RSL’s wild 3-3 preseason draw in Portland
    Portland, Ore. • Say this much about a frigid February preseason stop in the Rose City: It replicates as intimidating— and at times hectic — an atmosp...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 11:32 am   |     |   Share
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    Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales (11) celebrates his second goal during their MLS match against the Chicago Fire at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, August 6th, 2016. RSL learning to adjust to life without Javier Morales this preseason
    Portland, Ore. • There’s no longer that signature deft touch in morning training sessions. No longer that familiar grin after beating a teammate, and ...

    Updated Feb 09 2017 02:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   RSL’s Alvaro Saborio celebrates his goal as Real Salt Lake faces Sporting KC in the MLS Cup Final at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Saturday December 7, 2013. Alvaro Saborio, RSL’s most-decorated goal-scorer, announces retirement
    Real Salt Lake’s greatest goal-scorer is hanging up his boots. Costa Rican forward Alvaro Saborio confirmed on his Twitter account Thursday morning t...

    Updated Feb 09 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake midfielder/forward Luis Silva (20) takes the ball downfield, in MLS action Real Salt Lake vs. The Portland Timbers, at Rio Tinto stadium, Saturday, August 15, 2015.    Real Salt Lake: Barrett, Horst, Silva vow to be reliable depth pieces RSL has lacked in recent years
    Portland, Ore. • The offseason wish list was lengthy, yet necessary. Atop it sat the need for an infusion at the attacking midfield position, which Re...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 08:31 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman at the club’s media day in Sandy, Saturday January 23, 2016. RSL captain Kyle Beckerman day-to-day with bone bruise in knee
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    Updated Feb 08 2017 06:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Now that the chase is done, dusted and behind him, how would <b>Craig Waibel</b> categorize the dramatic pursuit of <b>Landon Donov...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 05:44 pm   |     |   Share
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    RSL expects Brooks Lennon to battle for first-team minutes
    The stable, while youthful and still somewhat of a mystery, is deepening. Real Salt Lake this week finalized the year-long loan move to bring one-...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 02:54 pm   |     |   Share