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Notoriously a fan favorite and locker room presence with RSL during the club’s rise to prominence in Major League Soccer, Johnson still captains a rival on the rise in the Portland Timbers. “It isn’t as strange to see him on the other side of the pitch now when we’re playing those g... Sandy • The sting of the loss has worn off, as has the awkwardness of seeing a close friend suddenly sporting forest green. But that doesn’t mean Will Johnson’s days at Real Salt Lake have been abandoned from memory. Notoriously a fan favorite and locker room presence with RSL during the club’s rise to prominence in Major League Soccer, Johnson still captains a rival on the rise in the Portland Timbers. “It isn’t as strange to see him on the other side of the pitch now when we’re playing those g... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57833071@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:38 MDT Real Salt Lake: Defending set pieces becoming a point of emphasis http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57823797-77/rsl-cassar-injury-lake.html.csp Sandy • The battle being waged in the air hasn’t been kind to Real Salt Lake. Despite being undefeated at 2-0-4 through six difficult matches to start the 2014 campaign, RSL and its struggles defending set pieces have resulted in dropping crucial road points. Four of the six goals RSL has conceded this season have come off of set plays, including all three at San Jose in the 3-3 draw on March 15 and Maurice Edu’s 90th-minute header in the final minutes of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with the Philadelphi... Sandy • The battle being waged in the air hasn’t been kind to Real Salt Lake. Despite being undefeated at 2-0-4 through six difficult matches to start the 2014 campaign, RSL and its struggles defending set pieces have resulted in dropping crucial road points. Four of the six goals RSL has conceded this season have come off of set plays, including all three at San Jose in the 3-3 draw on March 15 and Maurice Edu’s 90th-minute header in the final minutes of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with the Philadelphi... 57823797@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:41:01 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL unbeaten, yet not totally satisfied http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57813880-200/rsl-lake-salt-points.html.csp Unbeaten, yet not exactly satisfied. Having maneuvered through the formidable start to the 2014 schedule, Real Salt Lake returns home on the heels of its 2-2 draw at Philadelphia Saturday as the lone undefeated team in Major League Soccer, with a 2-0-4 record. It’s not the best start in franchise history as RSL started 5-1-0 in 2011 and 2012, but the club had never gone unbeaten through the first six weeks of an MLS season. “I think we are going to get better and that is what really is exciting,... Unbeaten, yet not exactly satisfied. Having maneuvered through the formidable start to the 2014 schedule, Real Salt Lake returns home on the heels of its 2-2 draw at Philadelphia Saturday as the lone undefeated team in Major League Soccer, with a 2-0-4 record. It’s not the best start in franchise history as RSL started 5-1-0 in 2011 and 2012, but the club had never gone unbeaten through the first six weeks of an MLS season. “I think we are going to get better and that is what really is exciting,... 57813880@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:23:01 MDT RSL notes: Another trip to Philly, another tie http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57812075-77/rsl-games-union-game.html.csp Chester, Pa. • Same result every year. So why bother? “We always tie here,” laughed Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman after RSL and the Philadelphia Union battled to a 2-2 draw, making it four ties in four tries on their trips to suburban Philadelphia’s PPL Park. “I don’t know why we even play the game. “We should just take the tie and go home. Or even better, not even make the trip.” On the other hand, RSL is 2-0-1 at home vs. the Union, whom they won’t face again this season. Fighting for a... Chester, Pa. • Same result every year. So why bother? “We always tie here,” laughed Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman after RSL and the Philadelphia Union battled to a 2-2 draw, making it four ties in four tries on their trips to suburban Philadelphia’s PPL Park. “I don’t know why we even play the game. “We should just take the tie and go home. Or even better, not even make the trip.” On the other hand, RSL is 2-0-1 at home vs. the Union, whom they won’t face again this season. Fighting for a... 57812075@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:24:01 MDT Real Salt Lake: Union rally for 2-2 draw with RSL http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57811391-77/rsl-real-lake-salt.html.csp Chester, Pa. • Perspective has a funny way of putting the big picture into focus at all times. For example, when you hold the lead in the closing stages of a game, then watch the desperate opposition come back to tie it, you feel disappointed. On the other hand, when the situation is reversed and you get the late equalizer, it’s much more satisfying. But if Real Salt Lake can continue to rack up points on a regular basis the way it did in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union, down th... Chester, Pa. • Perspective has a funny way of putting the big picture into focus at all times. For example, when you hold the lead in the closing stages of a game, then watch the desperate opposition come back to tie it, you feel disappointed. On the other hand, when the situation is reversed and you get the late equalizer, it’s much more satisfying. But if Real Salt Lake can continue to rack up points on a regular basis the way it did in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union, down th... 57811391@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:26:35 MDT Real Salt Lake training staff again being put to the test http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57806839-77/rsl-pace-season-lake.html.csp Sandy • Everything slows down in those moments. When something goes wrong — when a bone shatters or tendons explode — the seconds leading up to assessing each situation are vital. The hands on the clock seem to tick with less frequency when Tyson Pace and Kevin Christen are forced to take care of a suddenly injured player, a friend they’ve tracked for years. But believe it or not, those are the easy moments for Real Salt Lake’s training staff. It’s everything that follows that taxes and demands ... Sandy • Everything slows down in those moments. When something goes wrong — when a bone shatters or tendons explode — the seconds leading up to assessing each situation are vital. The hands on the clock seem to tick with less frequency when Tyson Pace and Kevin Christen are forced to take care of a suddenly injured player, a friend they’ve tracked for years. But believe it or not, those are the easy moments for Real Salt Lake’s training staff. It’s everything that follows that taxes and demands ... 57806839@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:44:58 MDT Real Salt Lake: Jeff Attinella relishing his opportunity in goal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57801835-77/attinella-rsl-goalkeeper-rimando.html.csp Sandy • Chris Wingert was glued to the TV. He wasn’t in Kansas City last weekend due to a groin injury, so the Real Salt Lake defender tuned in to watch the much-anticipated MLS Cup final redux. What Wingert saw was 25-year-old backup goalkeeper Jeff Attinella have the best outing of his young career. “I was going crazy,” Wingert said. With Nick Rimando out after suffering a knee injury while playing with the U.S. men’s national team in a friendly against Mexico last Wednesday, Attinella was tab... Sandy • Chris Wingert was glued to the TV. He wasn’t in Kansas City last weekend due to a groin injury, so the Real Salt Lake defender tuned in to watch the much-anticipated MLS Cup final redux. What Wingert saw was 25-year-old backup goalkeeper Jeff Attinella have the best outing of his young career. “I was going crazy,” Wingert said. With Nick Rimando out after suffering a knee injury while playing with the U.S. men’s national team in a friendly against Mexico last Wednesday, Attinella was tab... 57801835@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:58:43 MDT Real Salt Lake: Injuries pile up as trip to Philly looms http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57792022-77/rsl-cassar-attinella-injury.html.csp Sandy • Jeff Cassar has several reasons to remain in a good mood. Real Salt Lake is off to a 2-0-3 start, unbeaten in five difficult matches in its quest to make the playoffs for a seventh-straight season in a row. The RSL coach even quipped with reporters when asked to lay out the long list of injuries with recent additions. “We’re getting healthier,” Cassar said with a smile. In some aspects, it’s true. RSL has seen Sebastian Velasquez, Chris Wingert, Jordan Allen and Aaron Maund return fully... Sandy • Jeff Cassar has several reasons to remain in a good mood. Real Salt Lake is off to a 2-0-3 start, unbeaten in five difficult matches in its quest to make the playoffs for a seventh-straight season in a row. The RSL coach even quipped with reporters when asked to lay out the long list of injuries with recent additions. “We’re getting healthier,” Cassar said with a smile. In some aspects, it’s true. RSL has seen Sebastian Velasquez, Chris Wingert, Jordan Allen and Aaron Maund return fully... 57792022@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:38:43 MDT Real Salt Lake: Depth again shines as RSL remains unbeaten http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57781709-200/rsl-depth-attinella-injury.html.csp Just when Real Salt Lake seemed to be regaining its overall strength and ready to put its injury-riddled beginning to 2014 in the rear view, several circumstances again called for more testing of the club’s depth. So far, RSL’s depth has been up to the task. In its highly talked-about MLS Cup final rematch with Sporting Kansas City, RSL (2-0-3) remained unbeaten thus far in 2014 with its 0-0 draw Saturday night at Sporting Park. While there were several usual suspects partaking in the rematch, s... Just when Real Salt Lake seemed to be regaining its overall strength and ready to put its injury-riddled beginning to 2014 in the rear view, several circumstances again called for more testing of the club’s depth. So far, RSL’s depth has been up to the task. In its highly talked-about MLS Cup final rematch with Sporting Kansas City, RSL (2-0-3) remained unbeaten thus far in 2014 with its 0-0 draw Saturday night at Sporting Park. While there were several usual suspects partaking in the rematch, s... 57781709@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:36:04 MDT RSL plays rare game without Rimando, Beltran, Wingert http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57776959-77/rsl-kansas-rimando-beltran.html.csp Kansas City, Kan. • It is a rare occurrence when Real Salt Lake does not play with goalkeeper Nick Rimando, defender Tony Beltran and defender Chris Wingert in the lineup. The last time that happened was Sept. 28, when RSL won 1-0 at Vancouver. Before that, you have to go back to Oct. 6, 2007, a 3-2 loss to Chivas USA at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Rimando injured his knee and Beltran sprained his ankle while playing for the U.S. men’s national team in Wednesday’s friendly with Mexico, a 2-2 draw. Wing... Kansas City, Kan. • It is a rare occurrence when Real Salt Lake does not play with goalkeeper Nick Rimando, defender Tony Beltran and defender Chris Wingert in the lineup. The last time that happened was Sept. 28, when RSL won 1-0 at Vancouver. Before that, you have to go back to Oct. 6, 2007, a 3-2 loss to Chivas USA at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Rimando injured his knee and Beltran sprained his ankle while playing for the U.S. men’s national team in Wednesday’s friendly with Mexico, a 2-2 draw. Wing... 57776959@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:09:06 MDT Real Salt Lake: Another chapter in rivalry with Sporting KC http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57774262-77/rsl-sporting-lake-salt.html.csp Sandy • The disdain is palpable. And for good measure. Saturday night’s 2013 MLS Cup rematch at Sporting Park between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City won’t have the stakes of that miserably cold Dec. 7 night last winter, but it’s the only time these two teams face off in 2014. Unless they meet again in … well, you know. “I think it’s a high-profile game this time because it’s a rematch of the final game of last season,” said RSL GM Garth Lagerwey. “In the NFL, it would occupy the same st... Sandy • The disdain is palpable. And for good measure. Saturday night’s 2013 MLS Cup rematch at Sporting Park between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City won’t have the stakes of that miserably cold Dec. 7 night last winter, but it’s the only time these two teams face off in 2014. Unless they meet again in … well, you know. “I think it’s a high-profile game this time because it’s a rematch of the final game of last season,” said RSL GM Garth Lagerwey. “In the NFL, it would occupy the same st... 57774262@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:51:57 MDT Real Salt Lake: ‘It keeps getting better’ for Ned Grabavoy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57771147-77/grabavoy-ned-rsl-lake.html.csp Sandy • There is no “S” in Grabavoy. But there was on March 16, 2013. For one afternoon match at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy was Ned Grabavoys. The last name was suddenly pluralized last spring — not officially, not at a county courthouse — when Grabavoy sprinted onto the field as a substitute in the 46th minute of RSL’s home opener against the Colorado Rapids a year ago with an extra letter. Major League Soccer wasn’t happy about it, but the Chicago-area native wan... Sandy • There is no “S” in Grabavoy. But there was on March 16, 2013. For one afternoon match at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy was Ned Grabavoys. The last name was suddenly pluralized last spring — not officially, not at a county courthouse — when Grabavoy sprinted onto the field as a substitute in the 46th minute of RSL’s home opener against the Colorado Rapids a year ago with an extra letter. Major League Soccer wasn’t happy about it, but the Chicago-area native wan... 57771147@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:43:21 MDT Real Salt Lake preps for Sporting KC without bevy of starters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57759903-77/rsl-sporting-kansas-cassar.html.csp Sandy • Minutes after wrapping up his first training session in weeks Tuesday afternoon, Sebastian Velasquez had his own take on the Real Salt Lake rivalry still brewing with Sporting Kansas City. The RSL midfielder, who’s been hampered by a hamstring injury thus far, said the chatter between the two MLS Cup finalists from 2013 is healthy. “But at the end of the day,” Velasquez said, “it’s the score that does all the talking.” It did in 2013, when Sporting Kansas City beat RSL in a penalty kick ... Sandy • Minutes after wrapping up his first training session in weeks Tuesday afternoon, Sebastian Velasquez had his own take on the Real Salt Lake rivalry still brewing with Sporting Kansas City. The RSL midfielder, who’s been hampered by a hamstring injury thus far, said the chatter between the two MLS Cup finalists from 2013 is healthy. “But at the end of the day,” Velasquez said, “it’s the score that does all the talking.” It did in 2013, when Sporting Kansas City beat RSL in a penalty kick ... 57759903@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:49:19 MDT Real Salt Lake: With Toronto FC dispatched, RSL preps for MLS Cup rematch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57749902-77/rsl-mls-cup-lake.html.csp Sandy • If Real Salt Lake thought it was going to escape discussing another marquee, much-talked-about regular-season matchup, the answer is this: Think again. Sure, RSL pounded visiting Toronto FC 3-0 on Saturday night in the wake of discussing its multimillion-dollar turnaround this offseason, hyped by big signings. The win was RSL’s second of 2014 — the club is now 2-0-2 in its first four matches — but expounding on the addition of players is one thing. Returning to the site of the heartbreak... Sandy • If Real Salt Lake thought it was going to escape discussing another marquee, much-talked-about regular-season matchup, the answer is this: Think again. Sure, RSL pounded visiting Toronto FC 3-0 on Saturday night in the wake of discussing its multimillion-dollar turnaround this offseason, hyped by big signings. The win was RSL’s second of 2014 — the club is now 2-0-2 in its first four matches — but expounding on the addition of players is one thing. Returning to the site of the heartbreak... 57749902@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:37:27 MDT Real Salt Lake’s Beltran joins Beckerman, Gil and Rimando on U.S. roster http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57750025-77/lake-salt-beltran-roster.html.csp Chicago • Real Salt Lake right back Tony Beltran has replaced injured Seattle defender Brad Evans on the U.S. roster for Wednesday’s exhibition against Mexico in Glendale, Ariz. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Sunday that Evans is recovering from a calf injury sustained during a game against Toronto on March 15. Americans players started gathering Sunday for the game, the last before the starting of the pre-World Cup training camp in mid-May. The roster: Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C.), Sean John... Chicago • Real Salt Lake right back Tony Beltran has replaced injured Seattle defender Brad Evans on the U.S. roster for Wednesday’s exhibition against Mexico in Glendale, Ariz. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Sunday that Evans is recovering from a calf injury sustained during a game against Toronto on March 15. Americans players started gathering Sunday for the game, the last before the starting of the pre-World Cup training camp in mid-May. The roster: Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C.), Sean John... 57750025@www.sltrib.com Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:49:10 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL delivers Toronto FC reality check in 3-0 win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57748113-77/rsl-toronto-lake-salt.html.csp Sandy • For all the headlines and conversations Toronto FC sparked with its monumental redesign this offseason, a road test against a proven club undoubtedly motivated by the chatter of shiny new signings turned out to be a shellacking. It was only a matter of time before a reality check was handed down to the club that created all the ruckus, doling out millions upon millions of dollars for high-profile players from around the globe. Real Salt Lake presented that check on a balmy Utah night. Po... Sandy • For all the headlines and conversations Toronto FC sparked with its monumental redesign this offseason, a road test against a proven club undoubtedly motivated by the chatter of shiny new signings turned out to be a shellacking. It was only a matter of time before a reality check was handed down to the club that created all the ruckus, doling out millions upon millions of dollars for high-profile players from around the globe. Real Salt Lake presented that check on a balmy Utah night. Po... 57748113@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:45:03 MDT RSL: Devon Sandoval returns from foot injury http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57745376-77/sandoval-2013-gil-rsl.html.csp Sandy • Facing the frustrating reality of dealing with the stubborn healing of a broken foot, Devon Sandoval’s long journey back to a match-day roster was completed Saturday night. The second-year forward, who scored seven goals in all competitions in his rookie campaign for Real Salt Lake in 2013, was officially made available for selection for the first time since Nov. 24, 2013, cracking the 18-man roster against visiting Toronto FC Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. “I feel pretty good, act... Sandy • Facing the frustrating reality of dealing with the stubborn healing of a broken foot, Devon Sandoval’s long journey back to a match-day roster was completed Saturday night. The second-year forward, who scored seven goals in all competitions in his rookie campaign for Real Salt Lake in 2013, was officially made available for selection for the first time since Nov. 24, 2013, cracking the 18-man roster against visiting Toronto FC Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. “I feel pretty good, act... 57745376@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:24:01 MDT Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto a high-profile regular season match http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57743542-77/rsl-tfc-toronto-season.html.csp Sandy • Presented with its lone opportunity to perhaps make a statement against the new darling of Major League Soccer this season, Real Salt Lake’s objective versus Toronto FC is to look beyond the gargantuan contracts and big-name signings flooding the field at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night. More important is earning a win and three points. RSL and TFC will do battle just once in 2014 when the Western Conference powerhouse squares off against the Eastern Conference club that completely r... Sandy • Presented with its lone opportunity to perhaps make a statement against the new darling of Major League Soccer this season, Real Salt Lake’s objective versus Toronto FC is to look beyond the gargantuan contracts and big-name signings flooding the field at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night. More important is earning a win and three points. RSL and TFC will do battle just once in 2014 when the Western Conference powerhouse squares off against the Eastern Conference club that completely r... 57743542@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:48:46 MDT Real Salt Lake: Toronto’s Michael Bradley ready to shoulder load http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57739953-77/bradley-toronto-team-national.html.csp When he emerges out of the tunnel from the belly of Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening, Michael Bradley will once again be warmed over by that familiar feeling, the one that brought him back from some of the foremost leagues in Europe to Major League Soccer. The highly-anticipated — and also sole matchup of 2014 — between Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC provides an early-season barometer for each side. Real Salt Lake, the perennial title contender forged from shrewd and important signings throu... When he emerges out of the tunnel from the belly of Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening, Michael Bradley will once again be warmed over by that familiar feeling, the one that brought him back from some of the foremost leagues in Europe to Major League Soccer. The highly-anticipated — and also sole matchup of 2014 — between Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC provides an early-season barometer for each side. Real Salt Lake, the perennial title contender forged from shrewd and important signings throu... 57739953@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:22:16 MDT Real Salt Lake: Forward depth is thin ahead of Toronto FC http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57729933-77/cassar-saturday-season-toronto.html.csp Sandy • All is not quiet on the Real Salt Lake injury front. Already beat up just two weeks into the season, Joao Plata’s untimely hamstring strain last Saturday put a damper on the 2014 home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium. Plata joins a fluctuating list of injured important players that has already featured Chris Schuler and Javier Morales to Devon Sandoval and Sebastian Velasquez. While Schuler made his 2014 debut Saturday after off-season ankle surgery and Morales battled back from an injury tha... Sandy • All is not quiet on the Real Salt Lake injury front. Already beat up just two weeks into the season, Joao Plata’s untimely hamstring strain last Saturday put a damper on the 2014 home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium. Plata joins a fluctuating list of injured important players that has already featured Chris Schuler and Javier Morales to Devon Sandoval and Sebastian Velasquez. While Schuler made his 2014 debut Saturday after off-season ankle surgery and Morales battled back from an injury tha... 57729933@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:28:45 MDT