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From the end of their 2013 Major League Soccer season, which ended on the frozen turf at Sporting Park in MLS Cup on Dec. 7, to being called into Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. men’s national team camp on Jan. 12 for a dry run at this summer’s World Cup, two pillars of Real Salt Lake haven’t had much time to kick back this year — if any. Follow... Sandy • Thirty-six days. That is precisely the amount of time Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando had away from soccer last offseason, if you can even call it that. From the end of their 2013 Major League Soccer season, which ended on the frozen turf at Sporting Park in MLS Cup on Dec. 7, to being called into Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. men’s national team camp on Jan. 12 for a dry run at this summer’s World Cup, two pillars of Real Salt Lake haven’t had much time to kick back this year — if any. Follow... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58429954@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:11:14 MDT Real Salt Lake: Age isn’t slowing down Javier Morales http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58421736-77/morales-rsl-argentina-age.html.csp Sandy • The backyard was small, but for the young Javier Morales it was big enough. There, in the Lomas de Zamora area of Buenos Aires, the Real Salt Lake midfielder would stand over the ball, size up the lines painted on the opposite wall that formed the dimensions of a goal, then line up shot after shot, dreaming the dream of soccer-crazed youngsters all over Argentina. “It was small,” Morales grinned, “but that works.” Javier Morales has never needed a lot of room to work in, which is a big p... Sandy • The backyard was small, but for the young Javier Morales it was big enough. There, in the Lomas de Zamora area of Buenos Aires, the Real Salt Lake midfielder would stand over the ball, size up the lines painted on the opposite wall that formed the dimensions of a goal, then line up shot after shot, dreaming the dream of soccer-crazed youngsters all over Argentina. “It was small,” Morales grinned, “but that works.” Javier Morales has never needed a lot of room to work in, which is a big p... 58421736@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:39:18 MDT Real Salt Lake: Little mistakes prove costly against Sounders http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58409591-77/seattle-rsl-friday-sounders.html.csp Seattle • The collective mood was quiet. Not angry or capricious, but solemn. When you drop a high-profile match on the road to one of your rivals on a last-gasp attempt the way Real Salt Lake did Friday, it’s natural to be introspective. So as RSL players and coaches made for the exits at CenturyLink Field late Friday, a few were asked about the 3-2 loss to Major League Soccer’s current top team, the Seattle Sounders. Some shouldered blame. Others noted that breaks go one team’s way and that ot... Seattle • The collective mood was quiet. Not angry or capricious, but solemn. When you drop a high-profile match on the road to one of your rivals on a last-gasp attempt the way Real Salt Lake did Friday, it’s natural to be introspective. So as RSL players and coaches made for the exits at CenturyLink Field late Friday, a few were asked about the 3-2 loss to Major League Soccer’s current top team, the Seattle Sounders. Some shouldered blame. Others noted that breaks go one team’s way and that ot... 58409591@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:52:20 MDT Real Salt Lake: Seattle beats RSL 3-2 on last-minute goal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58408499-77/rsl-seattle-sounders-goal.html.csp Seattle • Visits to CenturyLink Field haven’t been particularly enjoyable for Real Salt Lake these last three seasons. The trend of struggling against its rivals in the Pacific Northwest continued in downtown Seattle on Friday night. And it happened in heart-wrenching fashion for the visitors. Thrown to the wolves of CenturyLink Field and down a man the last 20-plus minutes, RSL looked to have survived a late barrage from a fervent Sounders attack to secure a 2-2 draw. But Seattle substitute And... Seattle • Visits to CenturyLink Field haven’t been particularly enjoyable for Real Salt Lake these last three seasons. The trend of struggling against its rivals in the Pacific Northwest continued in downtown Seattle on Friday night. And it happened in heart-wrenching fashion for the visitors. Thrown to the wolves of CenturyLink Field and down a man the last 20-plus minutes, RSL looked to have survived a late barrage from a fervent Sounders attack to secure a 2-2 draw. But Seattle substitute And... 58408499@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:26:38 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL owner makes stadium pitch to Fairpark board http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58399523-77/stadium-board-hansen-rsl.html.csp Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen presented his vision for a new minor league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark to its board on Wednesday. Hansen laid out plans for an 8,000-seat stadium that would house RSL’s affiliate in the United Soccer League’s Pro division, as well as additional uses for the facility, including access for semi-pro soccer teams and recreational clubs. The RSL owner said he would pay for all of it. “We want to move as fast as you want if this is the direction you ... Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen presented his vision for a new minor league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark to its board on Wednesday. Hansen laid out plans for an 8,000-seat stadium that would house RSL’s affiliate in the United Soccer League’s Pro division, as well as additional uses for the facility, including access for semi-pro soccer teams and recreational clubs. The RSL owner said he would pay for all of it. “We want to move as fast as you want if this is the direction you ... 58399523@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:23:20 MDT As playoff push heightens, Cassar keeps RSL consistent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58403849-77/rsl-cassar-seattle-coach.html.csp Sandy • The man standing in the hallway just outside of the visitors’ locker room underneath CenturyLink Field had a smile on his face. Minutes earlier came the final whistle from the referee, designating a 4-0 loss as the Seattle Sounders disposed of Real Salt Lake on a quaint afternoon in downtown Seattle on May 31. It was the first loss of Jeff Cassar’s head coaching career. But as he elaborated on the loss, on what went wrong, he did so jovially. His message before disappearing into the lock... Sandy • The man standing in the hallway just outside of the visitors’ locker room underneath CenturyLink Field had a smile on his face. Minutes earlier came the final whistle from the referee, designating a 4-0 loss as the Seattle Sounders disposed of Real Salt Lake on a quaint afternoon in downtown Seattle on May 31. It was the first loss of Jeff Cassar’s head coaching career. But as he elaborated on the loss, on what went wrong, he did so jovially. His message before disappearing into the lock... 58403849@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:23:20 MDT Real Salt Lake: Dempsey, Martins will provide another stiff test http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58394769-77/rsl-martins-dempsey-seattle.html.csp Sandy • They’ve seen Obafemi Martins and they’ve seen Clint Dempsey. But not together. Not yet in this 2014 Major League Soccer season. The odds remain in favor of Real Salt Lake facing arguably the top forward tandem in the league Friday night at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. Combined, the duo has scored 23 goals and dished 15 assists for the league’s top club and current Supporters’ Shield race leader. Individually, Martins’ burst and touch stands out across the landscape of forwards in MLS, w... Sandy • They’ve seen Obafemi Martins and they’ve seen Clint Dempsey. But not together. Not yet in this 2014 Major League Soccer season. The odds remain in favor of Real Salt Lake facing arguably the top forward tandem in the league Friday night at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. Combined, the duo has scored 23 goals and dished 15 assists for the league’s top club and current Supporters’ Shield race leader. Individually, Martins’ burst and touch stands out across the landscape of forwards in MLS, w... 58394769@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:57:34 MDT RSL: Saborio scores game-winner in Real’s win over FC Dallas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58382911-77/dallas-rsl-lake-saborio.html.csp Sandy • His name was announced to an antsy, ecstatic crowd. The moment was months in the making. Three months and 26 days, to be exact. The long road back for Real Salt Lake’s all-time leading scorer Alvaro Saborio was taxing and arduous. He missed another chance at the World Cup when he broke his fifth metatarsal on May 29, weeks before Costa Rica turned in one of the more memorable performances in the tournament’s history. All the while, Saborio sat and watched in a walking boot. So when his n... Sandy • His name was announced to an antsy, ecstatic crowd. The moment was months in the making. Three months and 26 days, to be exact. The long road back for Real Salt Lake’s all-time leading scorer Alvaro Saborio was taxing and arduous. He missed another chance at the World Cup when he broke his fifth metatarsal on May 29, weeks before Costa Rica turned in one of the more memorable performances in the tournament’s history. All the while, Saborio sat and watched in a walking boot. So when his n... 58382911@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00:15:32 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL still wary of FC Dallas’ potent style http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58374282-77/dallas-rsl-club-game.html.csp Sandy • It’s clear in the landscape of Major League Soccer that Real Salt Lake’s primary purpose is to attack. Not to sit back, not to bunker, not to absorb pressure, but to be in the instigators. That’s the club’s goal every 90 minutes. But that’s not the goal of everybody else in MLS. Some teams are better equipped and pose more of a threat defending and then jailbreaking. Two weeks ago in Frisco, Texas, RSL was delivered a harsh reminder: FC Dallas makes its living off set pieces and counte... Sandy • It’s clear in the landscape of Major League Soccer that Real Salt Lake’s primary purpose is to attack. Not to sit back, not to bunker, not to absorb pressure, but to be in the instigators. That’s the club’s goal every 90 minutes. But that’s not the goal of everybody else in MLS. Some teams are better equipped and pose more of a threat defending and then jailbreaking. Two weeks ago in Frisco, Texas, RSL was delivered a harsh reminder: FC Dallas makes its living off set pieces and counte... 58374282@www.sltrib.com Sat, 06 Sep 2014 14:52:28 MDT Real Salt Lake: Saborio, way ahead of schedule, close to return http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58373867-77/saborio-rsl-return-cassar.html.csp Sandy • Alvaro Saborio weaved his way through a maze of training poles. When he emerged a defender was there waiting for him. He took a slight touch by the defender, creating just a sliver of space, before putting his right boot to the ball. The shot zipped toward the far post, by the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper, slamming into the side net. For the last six weeks, Saborio’s life as a professional soccer player has been drills. He’s walked, jogged and eventually sprinted around Real Salt ... Sandy • Alvaro Saborio weaved his way through a maze of training poles. When he emerged a defender was there waiting for him. He took a slight touch by the defender, creating just a sliver of space, before putting his right boot to the ball. The shot zipped toward the far post, by the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper, slamming into the side net. For the last six weeks, Saborio’s life as a professional soccer player has been drills. He’s walked, jogged and eventually sprinted around Real Salt ... 58373867@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 23:18:36 MDT RSL notes: Fairpark stadium deal inches closer to reality http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58365703-77/rsl-fairpark-dallas-stadium.html.csp It’s looking more and more likely that Salt Lake City will soon get a soccer stadium. The Utah State Fairpark announced Tuesday that its chair and vice chair will seek approval from the Fairpark’s board to begin negotiations with Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen for an 8,000-seat stadium to be the home of RSL’s minor league team starting in 2016. Fairpark executive director Michael Steele said in order for proposal to move forward, the 14-member board must give a unanimous green light when H... It’s looking more and more likely that Salt Lake City will soon get a soccer stadium. The Utah State Fairpark announced Tuesday that its chair and vice chair will seek approval from the Fairpark’s board to begin negotiations with Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen for an 8,000-seat stadium to be the home of RSL’s minor league team starting in 2016. Fairpark executive director Michael Steele said in order for proposal to move forward, the 14-member board must give a unanimous green light when H... 58365703@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:32:02 MDT Real Salt Lake: Fairpark, RSL inching toward minor-league stadium agreement http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58365499-77/hansen-lake-salt-stadium.html.csp It’s looking more and more likely that Salt Lake City will soon get a soccer stadium. The Utah State Fairpark announced Tuesday that its chair and vice chair will seek approval from the Fairpark’s board to begin negotiations with Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen for an 8,000-seat stadium to be the home of RSL’s minor league team starting in 2016. Fairpark executive director Michael Steele said in order for proposal to move forward, the 14-member board must give a unanimous green light when H... It’s looking more and more likely that Salt Lake City will soon get a soccer stadium. The Utah State Fairpark announced Tuesday that its chair and vice chair will seek approval from the Fairpark’s board to begin negotiations with Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen for an 8,000-seat stadium to be the home of RSL’s minor league team starting in 2016. Fairpark executive director Michael Steele said in order for proposal to move forward, the 14-member board must give a unanimous green light when H... 58365499@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:10:58 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL escapes San Jose with point http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58356829-77/rsl-jose-san-lead.html.csp Santa Clara, Calif. • These were the nights where Real Salt Lake had to snag points. There was no other alternative. So in saying its likely goodbye to a venue that has treated the franchise with soaring highs and disheartening lows, RSL escaped awkward Buck Shaw Stadium with a 1-1 result that keeps the club within striking distance as the regular-season calendar of Major League Soccer begins to dwindle. The task for needed points was made clear, which made the road point earned successful. Wit... Santa Clara, Calif. • These were the nights where Real Salt Lake had to snag points. There was no other alternative. So in saying its likely goodbye to a venue that has treated the franchise with soaring highs and disheartening lows, RSL escaped awkward Buck Shaw Stadium with a 1-1 result that keeps the club within striking distance as the regular-season calendar of Major League Soccer begins to dwindle. The task for needed points was made clear, which made the road point earned successful. Wit... 58356829@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:44:31 MDT Real Salt Lake: Call-ups will test team’s depth http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58358601-77/dallas-rsl-match-team.html.csp Santa Clara, Calif. • Before Real Salt Lake jetted toward the Bay Area this weekend and grabbed a road point at San Jose, Jeff Cassar waxed existential on briefly losing three key players in the midst of a tense Western Conference playoff race. “It’s life,” RSL’s coach said. “It’s life when you have quality players. The good thing is we’re getting good players being called up.” But with back-to-back matches at home against FC Dallas and away against league-leading Seattle, the club must exact re... Santa Clara, Calif. • Before Real Salt Lake jetted toward the Bay Area this weekend and grabbed a road point at San Jose, Jeff Cassar waxed existential on briefly losing three key players in the midst of a tense Western Conference playoff race. “It’s life,” RSL’s coach said. “It’s life when you have quality players. The good thing is we’re getting good players being called up.” But with back-to-back matches at home against FC Dallas and away against league-leading Seattle, the club must exact re... 58358601@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:23:30 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL wary of middling Earthquakes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58347655-77/rsl-jose-san-forward.html.csp Earlier this week Tony Beltran opened up a web browser and started doing some research. The 26-year-old Real Salt Lake defender was trying to figure out the last time — if ever — the standings in his Western Conference have been this neck-and-neck with nine weeks remaining in the Major League Soccer schedule. “It’s never been this close with this many teams,” Beltran concluded. “Each game from this point out is absolutely pivotal.” Case in point: On the morning of Aug. 20, Real Salt Lake woke up... Earlier this week Tony Beltran opened up a web browser and started doing some research. The 26-year-old Real Salt Lake defender was trying to figure out the last time — if ever — the standings in his Western Conference have been this neck-and-neck with nine weeks remaining in the Major League Soccer schedule. “It’s never been this close with this many teams,” Beltran concluded. “Each game from this point out is absolutely pivotal.” Case in point: On the morning of Aug. 20, Real Salt Lake woke up... 58347655@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:27:56 MDT Real Salt Lake: GM Garth Lagerwey’s contract situation tabled until after season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58344245-77/lagerwey-rsl-contract-garth.html.csp Sandy • The remaining days on Garth Lagerwey’s four-year contract extension — penned in September 2010 — are rapidly dissolving. The main architect of Real Salt Lake’s transformation and builder of the club’s sustained success will reach the end of the 2014 campaign without much of an idea of what 2015 will hold. In his eighth season as general manager of the club, Lagerwey, along with team owner Dell Loy Hansen, decided to table contract talks until soon after the final whistle of RSL’s 2014 is... Sandy • The remaining days on Garth Lagerwey’s four-year contract extension — penned in September 2010 — are rapidly dissolving. The main architect of Real Salt Lake’s transformation and builder of the club’s sustained success will reach the end of the 2014 campaign without much of an idea of what 2015 will hold. In his eighth season as general manager of the club, Lagerwey, along with team owner Dell Loy Hansen, decided to table contract talks until soon after the final whistle of RSL’s 2014 is... 58344245@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:42:15 MDT Real Salt Lake: Standout striker Sebastian Jaime meets new teammates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58335625-77/jaime-lake-salt-club.html.csp Sandy • Sebastian Jaime was no longer just a name in a report at 10:29 a.m. Monday. The striker slipped on his new Real Salt Lake colors, arriving at the club’s training pitch, America First Field, with his boots laced, the No. 23 between his shoulder blades and a sea of new faces and names to learn. The 27-year-old Argentinian made his debut as a member of RSL 17 days after the club announced his signing from Chilean club Unión Española, a move that was solidified Aug. 6 in the waning hours of ... Sandy • Sebastian Jaime was no longer just a name in a report at 10:29 a.m. Monday. The striker slipped on his new Real Salt Lake colors, arriving at the club’s training pitch, America First Field, with his boots laced, the No. 23 between his shoulder blades and a sea of new faces and names to learn. The 27-year-old Argentinian made his debut as a member of RSL 17 days after the club announced his signing from Chilean club Unión Española, a move that was solidified Aug. 6 in the waning hours of ... 58335625@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:35:11 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL reminded nothing is guaranteed in air-tight West http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58331291-77/rsl-dallas-lake-salt.html.csp Nothing is guaranteed. Not that it’s news to anyone in Major League Soccer. Real Salt Lake was reacquainted with that harsh reality on a steaming field at Toyota Stadium on Friday night in the heart of Texas. RSL’s inability to leave Frisco with a result despite having a man advantage for 45 minutes only tightened the already air-tight playoff race in the West. The 2-1 loss to 10-man FC Dallas left RSL out of sole possession of first place and simultaneously vaulted Dallas into a tie atop the co... Nothing is guaranteed. Not that it’s news to anyone in Major League Soccer. Real Salt Lake was reacquainted with that harsh reality on a steaming field at Toyota Stadium on Friday night in the heart of Texas. RSL’s inability to leave Frisco with a result despite having a man advantage for 45 minutes only tightened the already air-tight playoff race in the West. The 2-1 loss to 10-man FC Dallas left RSL out of sole possession of first place and simultaneously vaulted Dallas into a tie atop the co... 58331291@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:17:24 MDT RSL: Real’s unbeaten streak ends with 2-1 loss at FC Dallas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58326771-77/dallas-rsl-half-perez.html.csp Frisco, Texas • Everything was in Real Salt Lake’s favor Friday night at Toyota Stadium, with one important exception. The score. RSL outshot FC Dallas 18-9, dominated possession by a wide margin and played the second half with a man advantage. And, somehow, still lost, 2-1, ending its six-game unbeaten streak. “We weren’t sharp enough,” goalkeeper Nick Rimando said. “We weren’t patient enough. It was almost like we panicked when they scored the first goal. … It just wasn’t a mature effort in t... Frisco, Texas • Everything was in Real Salt Lake’s favor Friday night at Toyota Stadium, with one important exception. The score. RSL outshot FC Dallas 18-9, dominated possession by a wide margin and played the second half with a man advantage. And, somehow, still lost, 2-1, ending its six-game unbeaten streak. “We weren’t sharp enough,” goalkeeper Nick Rimando said. “We weren’t patient enough. It was almost like we panicked when they scored the first goal. … It just wasn’t a mature effort in t... 58326771@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:44:52 MDT Real Salt Lake: In-form Luis Gil feeling revitalized http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58322723-77/gil-rsl-midfielder-lake.html.csp Sandy • It wasn’t about forgetting the previous seven months. Luis Gil had hoped to morph the taxing moments — those tough days littered with frustration of lingering injury and inconsistency — into a fresh start. The way Real Salt Lake’s 20-year-old midfielder analyzes 2014 to this point is that his season is, in a way, just starting. And the once-struggling young star has been a revelation in August. The month has featured three consecutive wins entering Friday night’s matchup with red-hot FC ... Sandy • It wasn’t about forgetting the previous seven months. Luis Gil had hoped to morph the taxing moments — those tough days littered with frustration of lingering injury and inconsistency — into a fresh start. The way Real Salt Lake’s 20-year-old midfielder analyzes 2014 to this point is that his season is, in a way, just starting. And the once-struggling young star has been a revelation in August. The month has featured three consecutive wins entering Friday night’s matchup with red-hot FC ... 58322723@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:29:10 MDT