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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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 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 RSL squanders chance to qualify for playoffs in loss at Vancouver http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58462898-77/vancouver-morales-rsl-attinella.html.csp Vancouver, British Columbia • Real Salt Lake will have to wait at least one more game to clinch a Major League Soccer playoff berth. Pedro Morales scored two goals, including one on a penalty kick, as the Vancouver Whitecaps came back to beat RSL 2-1 on Saturday before a crowd of 19,935 at B.C. Place Stadium. RSL (13-7-10) remained third in the Western Conference while the Whitecaps (9-8-13) moved into the fifth and final postseason berth in the West. Morales played the role of spoiler after bei... Vancouver, British Columbia • Real Salt Lake will have to wait at least one more game to clinch a Major League Soccer playoff berth. Pedro Morales scored two goals, including one on a penalty kick, as the Vancouver Whitecaps came back to beat RSL 2-1 on Saturday before a crowd of 19,935 at B.C. Place Stadium. RSL (13-7-10) remained third in the Western Conference while the Whitecaps (9-8-13) moved into the fifth and final postseason berth in the West. Morales played the role of spoiler after bei... 58462898@www.sltrib.com Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:46:51 MDT Real Salt Lake will earn playoff berth with points at Vancouver http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58458539-77/rsl-vancouver-win-cassar.html.csp Sandy • If things go according to plan, Jeff Cassar will have to face the music. He is planning on it, though somewhat reluctantly. The wager the RSL coach made in May with friend and goalkeepers coach Daryl Shore was straightforward: If Real Salt Lake qualifies for the MLS playoffs in Cassar’s first year as head coach, he’d shave his head. “Oh, boy,” Cassar said this week. “I actually haven’t even been thinking about that. … I mean, I have to keep my word. My wife’s not happy about it, but it’s... Sandy • If things go according to plan, Jeff Cassar will have to face the music. He is planning on it, though somewhat reluctantly. The wager the RSL coach made in May with friend and goalkeepers coach Daryl Shore was straightforward: If Real Salt Lake qualifies for the MLS playoffs in Cassar’s first year as head coach, he’d shave his head. “Oh, boy,” Cassar said this week. “I actually haven’t even been thinking about that. … I mean, I have to keep my word. My wife’s not happy about it, but it’s... 58458539@www.sltrib.com Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:25:11 MDT Real Salt Lake in striking distance as season hits stretch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58447382-77/points-rsl-shield-supporters.html.csp Sandy • The chatter tends to fade in and out as the season presses on, but as the dog days of summer transition to early fall in Major League Soccer, it’s getting louder. The race for the Supporters’ Shield, and playoff seeding is under way in earnest. And right in the middle of the chase: Real Salt Lake. RSL can clinch its seventh consecutive MLS Cup playoff appearance with a result at Vancouver on Saturday. More notably, a win would thrust RSL right back into the conversation for both the Supp... Sandy • The chatter tends to fade in and out as the season presses on, but as the dog days of summer transition to early fall in Major League Soccer, it’s getting louder. The race for the Supporters’ Shield, and playoff seeding is under way in earnest. And right in the middle of the chase: Real Salt Lake. RSL can clinch its seventh consecutive MLS Cup playoff appearance with a result at Vancouver on Saturday. More notably, a win would thrust RSL right back into the conversation for both the Supp... 58447382@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:53:57 MDT Real Salt Lake: Plata continues to marvel in breakthrough year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58438661-77/plata-rsl-grabavoy-season.html.csp Sandy • There wasn’t a flinch. It was stated so matter-of-factly by Ned Grabavoy in the locker room after Real Salt Lake overpowered rival Colorado 5-1 Friday night. The 31-year-old midfielder, in his 11th season in Major League Soccer, has played with and against many premier talents. Which made his description of teammate and emerging star Joao Plata stand out. On a championship contender riddled with previous MLS Cup champions, World Cup veterans and playoff-seasoned talent, Grabavoy called ... Sandy • There wasn’t a flinch. It was stated so matter-of-factly by Ned Grabavoy in the locker room after Real Salt Lake overpowered rival Colorado 5-1 Friday night. The 31-year-old midfielder, in his 11th season in Major League Soccer, has played with and against many premier talents. Which made his description of teammate and emerging star Joao Plata stand out. On a championship contender riddled with previous MLS Cup champions, World Cup veterans and playoff-seasoned talent, Grabavoy called ... 58438661@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:37:08 MDT Real Salt Lake: The intricacies of signing a Designated Player http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58433642-77/players-jaime-player-lagerwey.html.csp Garth Lagerwey didn’t have the luxury of sleep on his 15-hour flight to Santiago, Chile. The July 18 trip was years in the making, so Real Salt Lake’s general manager knew continued due diligence was mandatory. Excursions to scout talent in South America are laborious. Lagerwey, in his eighth season with RSL, studied the same video of players he had time and time again on the flight to refresh his memory. With him, a list of players who could become that next noteworthy signing — or possibly ano... Garth Lagerwey didn’t have the luxury of sleep on his 15-hour flight to Santiago, Chile. The July 18 trip was years in the making, so Real Salt Lake’s general manager knew continued due diligence was mandatory. Excursions to scout talent in South America are laborious. Lagerwey, in his eighth season with RSL, studied the same video of players he had time and time again on the flight to refresh his memory. With him, a list of players who could become that next noteworthy signing — or possibly ano... 58433642@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:32:38 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL routs Rapids 5-1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58434252-77/rsl-colorado-rapids-real.html.csp Sandy • Dealt an early bout of misfortune Friday night against its Rocky Mountain rivals, Real Salt Lake lassoed misfortune and hog-tied it in 13 minutes. The middling Colorado Rapids waltzed into Rio Tinto Stadium needing a win just to ensure possibility of life in the Western Conference playoff race, but it was RSL that sealed the victory thanks in large part to a momentous rally from an early first half deficit scoring four goals in 13 minutes in the 5-1 runway win. “Loved the reaction from t... Sandy • Dealt an early bout of misfortune Friday night against its Rocky Mountain rivals, Real Salt Lake lassoed misfortune and hog-tied it in 13 minutes. The middling Colorado Rapids waltzed into Rio Tinto Stadium needing a win just to ensure possibility of life in the Western Conference playoff race, but it was RSL that sealed the victory thanks in large part to a momentous rally from an early first half deficit scoring four goals in 13 minutes in the 5-1 runway win. “Loved the reaction from t... 58434252@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:38:40 MDT Real Salt Lake: Bustling 2014 continues for Beckerman and Rimando http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58429954-77/rsl-rimando-beckerman-colorado.html.csp 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... 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... 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