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Salt Lake’s hold on the No. 3 seed was loosened Saturday when FC Dallas beat Colorado 1-0 to move one point ahead of RSL, who now sits in ... Sandy • No idea. No clue. No club in Major League Soccer will have either until at least sometime Saturday evening, when the regular season ends and playoff pairings are solidified. Real Salt Lake’s final regular-season task of 2014 couldn’t be more simple: Beat Chivas USA. Do so, and it gets a shot at finishing with the third seed in the Western Conference. Salt Lake’s hold on the No. 3 seed was loosened Saturday when FC Dallas beat Colorado 1-0 to move one point ahead of RSL, who now sits in ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58541939@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:39:02 MDT Real Salt Lake: Focus shifts to regular-season finale against Chivas USA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58535523-77/rsl-chivas-season-portland.html.csp Portland, Ore. » Kyle Beckerman sat on a chair in front of a random locker below Providence Park and properly announced the obvious. The end is near. The 2014 Major League Soccer regular season has a week remaining. After seven-and-a-half months of games all over North America, Real Salt Lake has just a single match remaining on the slate, Wednesday’s regular-season finale against Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium. The 32-year-old midfielder in his 15th season in MLS laughed off how simultaneously... Portland, Ore. » Kyle Beckerman sat on a chair in front of a random locker below Providence Park and properly announced the obvious. The end is near. The 2014 Major League Soccer regular season has a week remaining. After seven-and-a-half months of games all over North America, Real Salt Lake has just a single match remaining on the slate, Wednesday’s regular-season finale against Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium. The 32-year-old midfielder in his 15th season in MLS laughed off how simultaneously... 58535523@www.sltrib.com Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:54:36 MDT Real Salt Lake: Real’s defense frustrates Portland Timbers in 0-0 draw http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58534547-77/rsl-rimando-portland-timbers.html.csp Portland, Ore. » The Timbers launched a season’s worth of late collapses, disappointment and ultimately desperation at its opponent Friday night at a rainy, raucous Providence Park. It wasn’t enough. Barely. It barely wasn’t enough. In dire need of a win in order to keep postseason hopes alive, Portland threw everything it had at Real Salt Lake. But each time, somehow, RSL answered the call. Through dangerous slides or point-blank defending just feet from the goal, the Timbers tried their mighti... Portland, Ore. » The Timbers launched a season’s worth of late collapses, disappointment and ultimately desperation at its opponent Friday night at a rainy, raucous Providence Park. It wasn’t enough. Barely. It barely wasn’t enough. In dire need of a win in order to keep postseason hopes alive, Portland threw everything it had at Real Salt Lake. But each time, somehow, RSL answered the call. Through dangerous slides or point-blank defending just feet from the goal, the Timbers tried their mighti... 58534547@www.sltrib.com Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:48:33 MDT Real Salt Lake: MLS playoffs scenarios galore in air-tight West http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58534618-77/rsl-gil-portland-seed.html.csp Portland, Ore. » Don’t bother buying plane tickets. Don’t even look up ticket prices. Not yet. The Western Conference playoff picture remains as cloudy as a rain-soaked day in Portland. Real Salt Lake will have its say this 2014 MLS Cup postseason. The club assured of that with it 2-0 win over San Jose last weekend at Rio Tinto Stadium. Where — and against which Western rival — RSL will first face in its playoff opener remains uncertain. Depending on which seed RSL finishes as it could face L.A.... Portland, Ore. » Don’t bother buying plane tickets. Don’t even look up ticket prices. Not yet. The Western Conference playoff picture remains as cloudy as a rain-soaked day in Portland. Real Salt Lake will have its say this 2014 MLS Cup postseason. The club assured of that with it 2-0 win over San Jose last weekend at Rio Tinto Stadium. Where — and against which Western rival — RSL will first face in its playoff opener remains uncertain. Depending on which seed RSL finishes as it could face L.A.... 58534618@www.sltrib.com Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:11:01 MDT Real Salt Lake: Tony Beltran another model of consistency http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58525920-77/rsl-beltran-portland-timbers.html.csp Sandy • He stood in front of his locker as teammates razzed him on his 27th birthday. Tony Beltran had just returned to action, going the full 90 after missing three weeks with a bulging disc in his lower back. It was clear the admiration was masked by a little mockery. Fellow defenders Nat Borchers and Chris Wingert told their friend and back line cohort that the years are starting to stack up for the kid from Claremont, Calif. Seven years into his professional career at Real Salt Lake, Beltran... Sandy • He stood in front of his locker as teammates razzed him on his 27th birthday. Tony Beltran had just returned to action, going the full 90 after missing three weeks with a bulging disc in his lower back. It was clear the admiration was masked by a little mockery. Fellow defenders Nat Borchers and Chris Wingert told their friend and back line cohort that the years are starting to stack up for the kid from Claremont, Calif. Seven years into his professional career at Real Salt Lake, Beltran... 58525920@www.sltrib.com Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:59:30 MDT Real Salt Lake: Timbers enter must-win game without former RSL player Will Johnson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58521303-77/rsl-cassar-timbers-johnson.html.csp Sandy • The Portland Timbers have a void that must be filled if the club wants to stay entrenched in the postseason conversation. Real Salt Lake knows it. The Timbers, currently a point out of the Western Conference playoff race and behind fifth-place Vancouver, will host RSL on Friday night in downtown Portland needing three points, but will do so without a familiar face. Former RSL midfielder Will Johnson suffered a gruesome leg injury on Sept. 27 in the Timbers’ 3-2 loss at Toronto. The Portl... Sandy • The Portland Timbers have a void that must be filled if the club wants to stay entrenched in the postseason conversation. Real Salt Lake knows it. The Timbers, currently a point out of the Western Conference playoff race and behind fifth-place Vancouver, will host RSL on Friday night in downtown Portland needing three points, but will do so without a familiar face. Former RSL midfielder Will Johnson suffered a gruesome leg injury on Sept. 27 in the Timbers’ 3-2 loss at Toronto. The Portl... 58521303@www.sltrib.com Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:42:01 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL preps for a playoff-type road match at Portland http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58513723-77/portland-playoff-rsl-season.html.csp Sandy • The final regular-season roadie of 2014 will undoubtedly serve as a precursor to what Real Salt Lake will experience now that a playoff appearance is a certainty. It won’t be anything new to this group, but a sure-fire warm-up - with MLS Cup postseason play starting in three weeks - certainly won’t hurt. Following its clinching of a seventh-straight playoff spot Saturday night in a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, RSL (14-8-10, 52 points) makes its lone visit to Portland on Friday... Sandy • The final regular-season roadie of 2014 will undoubtedly serve as a precursor to what Real Salt Lake will experience now that a playoff appearance is a certainty. It won’t be anything new to this group, but a sure-fire warm-up - with MLS Cup postseason play starting in three weeks - certainly won’t hurt. Following its clinching of a seventh-straight playoff spot Saturday night in a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, RSL (14-8-10, 52 points) makes its lone visit to Portland on Friday... 58513723@www.sltrib.com Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:29:28 MDT Monson: RSL should do whatever it takes to keep Lagerwey http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58512432-77/lagerwey-rsl-guy-hansen.html.csp Sandy Watching Real Salt Lake beat the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night in front of its 14th straight sellout crowd, I was thinking about the future of the club, past the end of this season. Maybe the team will go on to completely gather itself after a rough stretch during which it has gone 3-4-1 in its past eight games. Maybe it will rediscover the mojo it had earlier this year when it was the best team in Major League Soccer. After all, in the two seasons RSL... Sandy Watching Real Salt Lake beat the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night in front of its 14th straight sellout crowd, I was thinking about the future of the club, past the end of this season. Maybe the team will go on to completely gather itself after a rough stretch during which it has gone 3-4-1 in its past eight games. Maybe it will rediscover the mojo it had earlier this year when it was the best team in Major League Soccer. After all, in the two seasons RSL... 58512432@www.sltrib.com Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:38:59 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL punches postseason ticket in 2-0 win over ‘Quakes (with video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58512560-77/rsl-lake-salt-jose.html.csp Sandy • The goal was made clear: Jeff Cassar wanted to make the opposition wilt. With Real Salt Lake’s seventh-consecutive postseason appearance on the line Saturday night in Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL ensured the staggering San Jose Earthquakes would wilt, and have no shot at reviving. Following back-to-back losses on the road, RSL’s return home proved all the difference in the 2-0 win over the Earthquakes in Sandy. The three points, most importantly, will be remembered for the night the club guara... Sandy • The goal was made clear: Jeff Cassar wanted to make the opposition wilt. With Real Salt Lake’s seventh-consecutive postseason appearance on the line Saturday night in Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL ensured the staggering San Jose Earthquakes would wilt, and have no shot at reviving. Following back-to-back losses on the road, RSL’s return home proved all the difference in the 2-0 win over the Earthquakes in Sandy. The three points, most importantly, will be remembered for the night the club guara... 58512560@www.sltrib.com Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:40:23 MDT Real Salt Lake: Can RSL find way out of late-season swoon? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58506943-77/rsl-win-aug-loss.html.csp Sandy • Is it a temporary slide or a long-term funk? Real Salt Lake’s late-season struggles have been confounding for such a battle-tested, playoff-proven group that has championship-or-bust aspirations. A shaky 2-4-1 record over the last seven weeks has forced the club to not only reassess some of its season-long goals, but to figure out its issues with another MLS Cup postseason looming, starting with Saturday’s Rio Tinto Stadium date against San Jose. Any hopes RSL had for earning the Suppo... Sandy • Is it a temporary slide or a long-term funk? Real Salt Lake’s late-season struggles have been confounding for such a battle-tested, playoff-proven group that has championship-or-bust aspirations. A shaky 2-4-1 record over the last seven weeks has forced the club to not only reassess some of its season-long goals, but to figure out its issues with another MLS Cup postseason looming, starting with Saturday’s Rio Tinto Stadium date against San Jose. Any hopes RSL had for earning the Suppo... 58506943@www.sltrib.com Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:52:01 MDT Real Salt Lake: MLS schedule, FIFA calendar again hamper postseason charge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58501971-77/players-international-mls-rsl.html.csp Sandy • One of the undoubted perks can also be a thorn in the side. As Real Salt Lake has continually built upon the foundation of its initial successes born seven seasons ago, a common theme each season is saying au revoir — albeit briefly — to some of its most talented and crucial players. Major League Soccer does not take a break from play when FIFA’s international calendar opens once more, as national teams from around the world gather rosters, picking off players from leagues all over the w... Sandy • One of the undoubted perks can also be a thorn in the side. As Real Salt Lake has continually built upon the foundation of its initial successes born seven seasons ago, a common theme each season is saying au revoir — albeit briefly — to some of its most talented and crucial players. Major League Soccer does not take a break from play when FIFA’s international calendar opens once more, as national teams from around the world gather rosters, picking off players from leagues all over the w... 58501971@www.sltrib.com Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:59:26 MDT Real Salt Lake: Sebastian Velasquez pleads guilty to DUI http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58501213-77/velasquez-lake-salt-dui.html.csp Real Salt Lake midfielder Sebastian Velasquez pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence and was sentenced to probation, a fine and community service. Velasquez, 23, was arrested in the early hours of May 19 on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was stopped for speeding on Interstate 15 near 2700 South. A police report stated that an officer detected an odor of alcohol and that Velasquez failed field sobriety tests. He was subsequently charged in the Salt Lake City ... Real Salt Lake midfielder Sebastian Velasquez pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence and was sentenced to probation, a fine and community service. Velasquez, 23, was arrested in the early hours of May 19 on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was stopped for speeding on Interstate 15 near 2700 South. A police report stated that an officer detected an odor of alcohol and that Velasquez failed field sobriety tests. He was subsequently charged in the Salt Lake City ... 58501213@www.sltrib.com Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:08:02 MDT Real Salt Lake suddenly depleted by call-ups and injuries http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58493236-77/rsl-club-jose-san.html.csp The timing is less-than-ideal, but Real Salt Lake will have to make the best of it. There’s really no other alternative. On Monday, the club said goodbye to five players who departed for national-team duties for at least the next week. To make matters worse, the injury bug has briefly resurfaced for RSL, a club entrenched in the stretch run of a heated playoff race. Having now suffered back-to-back losses at Vancouver and at Chivas USA, the pressure will only intensify with just three games rema... The timing is less-than-ideal, but Real Salt Lake will have to make the best of it. There’s really no other alternative. On Monday, the club said goodbye to five players who departed for national-team duties for at least the next week. To make matters worse, the injury bug has briefly resurfaced for RSL, a club entrenched in the stretch run of a heated playoff race. Having now suffered back-to-back losses at Vancouver and at Chivas USA, the pressure will only intensify with just three games rema... 58493236@www.sltrib.com Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:15:45 MDT Real Salt Lake: Chivas USA shock RSL, 1-0 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58490434-77/rsl-chivas-usa-lake.html.csp Carson, Calif. • There are no gimmes. That much was crystal clear on a steamy Sunday afternoon in Southern California. Real Salt Lake was once again served a harsh reminder of that against one of the worst teams in Major League Soccer. With a chance to clinch its seventh-straight berth in the MLS Cup playoffs, RSL fell flat in the opportunity in a lackluster 1-0 loss to Chivas USA. The win was the Chivas’ first in 12 games — the Goats were previously 0-11-1 entering Sunday — and astonishingly e... Carson, Calif. • There are no gimmes. That much was crystal clear on a steamy Sunday afternoon in Southern California. Real Salt Lake was once again served a harsh reminder of that against one of the worst teams in Major League Soccer. With a chance to clinch its seventh-straight berth in the MLS Cup playoffs, RSL fell flat in the opportunity in a lackluster 1-0 loss to Chivas USA. The win was the Chivas’ first in 12 games — the Goats were previously 0-11-1 entering Sunday — and astonishingly e... 58490434@www.sltrib.com Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:36:16 MDT Real Salt Lake: Offense sputters in 1-0 loss at Chivas USA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58490877-77/rsl-able-chivas-lake.html.csp Carson, Calif. • The first shot on target came with six minutes left in the match, which when related to Real Salt Lake’s usual standard is borderline mind-boggling. Javier Morales’ free kick in the 84th minute was the first — and only — shot on target as RSL’s potent offense sputtered in the 1-0 loss at Chivas USA Sunday. “It was a strange, strange game,” captain Kyle Beckerman said. “It was like the game was almost too easy in the first half and we were able to just pass and pass. It was like ... Carson, Calif. • The first shot on target came with six minutes left in the match, which when related to Real Salt Lake’s usual standard is borderline mind-boggling. Javier Morales’ free kick in the 84th minute was the first — and only — shot on target as RSL’s potent offense sputtered in the 1-0 loss at Chivas USA Sunday. “It was a strange, strange game,” captain Kyle Beckerman said. “It was like the game was almost too easy in the first half and we were able to just pass and pass. It was like ... 58490877@www.sltrib.com Sun, 05 Oct 2014 23:22:02 MDT Sounders top Rapids http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58491039-77/minute-seattle-chicago-rapids.html.csp Commerce City, Colo. • Obafemi Martins scored twice, Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa added goals, and the Seattle Sounders cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday. The Sounders (19-9-3) surpassed the club record for wins in a season set in 2010, and tied the LA Galaxy for the top spot in MLS for the third week in a row. The Rapids (8-15-8) also set a club record, extending their winless streak to 11 games. Dempsey opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 11th minute. Marti... Commerce City, Colo. • Obafemi Martins scored twice, Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa added goals, and the Seattle Sounders cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday. The Sounders (19-9-3) surpassed the club record for wins in a season set in 2010, and tied the LA Galaxy for the top spot in MLS for the third week in a row. The Rapids (8-15-8) also set a club record, extending their winless streak to 11 games. Dempsey opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 11th minute. Marti... 58491039@www.sltrib.com Sun, 05 Oct 2014 23:22:02 MDT Real Salt Lake: Sunday could be final visit at Chivas USA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58487250-77/chivas-usa-rsl-league.html.csp Carson, Calif. • A sunny Sunday afternoon could conceivably be Real Salt Lake’s final visit to the StubHub Center to face the club not headlined by Landon Donovan, David Beckham or Robbie Keane. The reality is, RSL’s 2005 Major League Soccer expansion brother-in-arms, Chivas USA, is likely to be bought by a new group of owners, dissolved and repurposed as an entirely new club sometime over the next two years. Various in-depth reports from both SI.com and ESPNFC.com over the last two weeks have i... Carson, Calif. • A sunny Sunday afternoon could conceivably be Real Salt Lake’s final visit to the StubHub Center to face the club not headlined by Landon Donovan, David Beckham or Robbie Keane. The reality is, RSL’s 2005 Major League Soccer expansion brother-in-arms, Chivas USA, is likely to be bought by a new group of owners, dissolved and repurposed as an entirely new club sometime over the next two years. Various in-depth reports from both SI.com and ESPNFC.com over the last two weeks have i... 58487250@www.sltrib.com Sat, 04 Oct 2014 11:56:35 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL not overlooking lowly Chivas USA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58483431-77/rsl-chivas-win-league.html.csp Sandy • There’s no such thing as an easy game in Major League Soccer. Or an easy win, for that matter. That’s how midfielder Ned Grabavoy described Real Salt Lake’s approach to Sunday afternoon’s match at Chivas USA in Carson, Calif. RSL, per usual, is in the thick of the Western Conference playoff hunt. With a win against the stumbling 6-18-6 Goats, RSL punches their ticket to a seventh consecutive postseason. Chivas is statistically the worst team in MLS, having dropped a league-high 18 match... Sandy • There’s no such thing as an easy game in Major League Soccer. Or an easy win, for that matter. That’s how midfielder Ned Grabavoy described Real Salt Lake’s approach to Sunday afternoon’s match at Chivas USA in Carson, Calif. RSL, per usual, is in the thick of the Western Conference playoff hunt. With a win against the stumbling 6-18-6 Goats, RSL punches their ticket to a seventh consecutive postseason. Chivas is statistically the worst team in MLS, having dropped a league-high 18 match... 58483431@www.sltrib.com Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:35:38 MDT MLS: RSL tops Sacramento Republic FC 2-0 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58475093-77/rsl-match-players-cassar.html.csp Sandy • Jeff Cassar dubbed the exhibition match against a minor-league team a “playoff game” for Real Salt Lake players itching to make a further impression as the club inches closer to postseason play. His players delivered on a frigid, soggy night at Rio Tinto Stadium Tuesday. RSL topped the freshly-crowned USL Pro champion Sacramento Republic FC 2-0 in the final non-league match of the 2014 season. But there was somewhat of an unexpected wrinkle. When midfielder Sebastian Velasquez walked in... Sandy • Jeff Cassar dubbed the exhibition match against a minor-league team a “playoff game” for Real Salt Lake players itching to make a further impression as the club inches closer to postseason play. His players delivered on a frigid, soggy night at Rio Tinto Stadium Tuesday. RSL topped the freshly-crowned USL Pro champion Sacramento Republic FC 2-0 in the final non-league match of the 2014 season. But there was somewhat of an unexpected wrinkle. When midfielder Sebastian Velasquez walked in... 58475093@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:55:23 MDT Real Salt Lake: Skyline grad Braun finds home in Sacramento http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58469506-77/club-republic-sacramento-braun.html.csp Sandy • Justin Braun can’t shake the shades of his club’s crest. Not that he wants to. Wherever the 27-year-old Skyline High product goes in his new home of Sacramento, he sees the maroon, the dark red and the brown of his team, Sacramento Republic FC. The California capital has embraced its first-year USL Pro franchise beyond all expectations. Fresh off an dream inaugural season, Sacramento rolls into Rio Tinto Stadium Tuesday to face Real Salt Lake in a friendly. Republic, which went 17-7-4... Sandy • Justin Braun can’t shake the shades of his club’s crest. Not that he wants to. Wherever the 27-year-old Skyline High product goes in his new home of Sacramento, he sees the maroon, the dark red and the brown of his team, Sacramento Republic FC. The California capital has embraced its first-year USL Pro franchise beyond all expectations. Fresh off an dream inaugural season, Sacramento rolls into Rio Tinto Stadium Tuesday to face Real Salt Lake in a friendly. Republic, which went 17-7-4... 58469506@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:14:33 MDT