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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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 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 Real Salt Lake faces FC Dallas’ high-octane offense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58313871-77/dallas-goals-rsl-cassar.html.csp Sandy • Jeff Cassar knows the roots of FC Dallas’ unrelenting, all-out style of offensive play. He played with Oscar Pareja in Dallas for three seasons and sees distinct similarities between the approach Pareja took as a player and now as a coach leading his former club. It’s producing a flurry of goals and results as Pareja, the former coach of the Colorado Rapids, has FC Dallas (11-7-6, 39 points) three points behind first-place Real Salt Lake (11-4-9, 42 points) ahead of Friday’s matchup at T... Sandy • Jeff Cassar knows the roots of FC Dallas’ unrelenting, all-out style of offensive play. He played with Oscar Pareja in Dallas for three seasons and sees distinct similarities between the approach Pareja took as a player and now as a coach leading his former club. It’s producing a flurry of goals and results as Pareja, the former coach of the Colorado Rapids, has FC Dallas (11-7-6, 39 points) three points behind first-place Real Salt Lake (11-4-9, 42 points) ahead of Friday’s matchup at T... 58313871@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:55:28 MDT Real Salt Lake: Hunters become the hunted as RSL moves atop table http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58306043-77/rsl-cassar-coach-jeff.html.csp Sandy • The hunters must now embrace a new, yet familiar role. In chasing the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City for the title of Major League Soccer’s top points-getter the last couple of months, Real Salt Lake reiterated it could — and would — return to form after a brief dip in performance. Eventually, it caught back up to its Eastern Conference rivals and the defending MLS Cup champions. On Aug. 9, RSL caught the first-place Sounders for 24 hours. Then on Saturday, RSL beat Seattle in... Sandy • The hunters must now embrace a new, yet familiar role. In chasing the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City for the title of Major League Soccer’s top points-getter the last couple of months, Real Salt Lake reiterated it could — and would — return to form after a brief dip in performance. Eventually, it caught back up to its Eastern Conference rivals and the defending MLS Cup champions. On Aug. 9, RSL caught the first-place Sounders for 24 hours. Then on Saturday, RSL beat Seattle in... 58306043@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:58:29 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL tops Seattle 2-1, moves into first place http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58303987-77/rsl-seattle-lake-salt.html.csp Sandy • Five weeks ago, Jeff Cassar stood alone in a hallway underneath the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., trying to find the right words to explain Real Salt Lake’s fourth loss in its last six matches. The unwanted alternative to RSL’s unblemished 12-game start to the season was suddenly front and center. RSL eventually wound up 10 points behind rival and first-place Seattle Sounders, and the summertime doldrums set anchor. RSL had its work cut out for it if inching its way back toward the t... Sandy • Five weeks ago, Jeff Cassar stood alone in a hallway underneath the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., trying to find the right words to explain Real Salt Lake’s fourth loss in its last six matches. The unwanted alternative to RSL’s unblemished 12-game start to the season was suddenly front and center. RSL eventually wound up 10 points behind rival and first-place Seattle Sounders, and the summertime doldrums set anchor. RSL had its work cut out for it if inching its way back toward the t... 58303987@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:38:01 MDT Monson: RSL climbs to top over Seattle http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58304087-77/rsl-seattle-real-sounders.html.csp Sandy The sky was tall for Saturday afternoon’s marquee match at Rio Tinto Stadium between Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders, as was the challenge. With a sellout crowd and national television cameras dialed in on the two best teams in the West, now brawling for first place in the conference and an edge in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, the contrast between them was clear and stark. Gutty little RSL versus the glitz-and-glam Sounders. The side from Utah that had made the team its... Sandy The sky was tall for Saturday afternoon’s marquee match at Rio Tinto Stadium between Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders, as was the challenge. With a sellout crowd and national television cameras dialed in on the two best teams in the West, now brawling for first place in the conference and an edge in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, the contrast between them was clear and stark. Gutty little RSL versus the glitz-and-glam Sounders. The side from Utah that had made the team its... 58304087@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:06:38 MDT RSL: Luke Mulholland emerges as threat in win over Seattle http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58304311-77/goal-mulholland-rsl-seattle.html.csp Sandy • Luke Mulholland ran to the southwest corner of the field, grabbed a mallet and banged the gong. The first-year Real Salt Lake midfielder celebrated his sixth goal of the year and then danced his familiar groove. His continued emergence as a starting-XI staple has showcased his abilities on the outside of the club’s diamond midfield formation, but he’s also had to deal with a slate of bad luck. The goal that doubled RSL’s lead over the rival Seattle Sounders in the 2-1 win on Saturday wa... Sandy • Luke Mulholland ran to the southwest corner of the field, grabbed a mallet and banged the gong. The first-year Real Salt Lake midfielder celebrated his sixth goal of the year and then danced his familiar groove. His continued emergence as a starting-XI staple has showcased his abilities on the outside of the club’s diamond midfield formation, but he’s also had to deal with a slate of bad luck. The goal that doubled RSL’s lead over the rival Seattle Sounders in the 2-1 win on Saturday wa... 58304311@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:51:51 MDT Real Salt Lake: Race for Supporters’ Shield, seeding heats up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58301182-77/rsl-seattle-points-season.html.csp Sandy • Now it gets serious. This Major League Soccer season has waded through the frigidness of late winter and early spring, through the breaks surrounding the FIFA World Cup and into the dog days of summer. The season is long and taxing — it always is — but the end of the regular season is fast approaching, and playoff chatter has begun. Parity is again the most significant storyline with as many as eight teams within striking distance of the league’s Supporters’ Shield trophy and conference ... Sandy • Now it gets serious. This Major League Soccer season has waded through the frigidness of late winter and early spring, through the breaks surrounding the FIFA World Cup and into the dog days of summer. The season is long and taxing — it always is — but the end of the regular season is fast approaching, and playoff chatter has begun. Parity is again the most significant storyline with as many as eight teams within striking distance of the league’s Supporters’ Shield trophy and conference ... 58301182@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:17:58 MDT Real Salt Lake: Offseason additions fortify imposing Sounders http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58297267-77/seattle-sounders-cup-league.html.csp Sandy • Clint Dempsey stood on the turf inside CenturyLink Field last Aug. 3, donning a gray hoodie. When he eventually unzipped it, that familiar lime-green look cemented his shocking move home to Major League Soccer and to the Seattle Sounders. It was the largest piece to Seattle’s puzzle, the most pronounced transfer in the league since the arrival of David Beckham in 2007. The Sounders were soaring with six weeks remaining in 2013, with eyes on the MLS Supporters’ Shield, the Western Confere... Sandy • Clint Dempsey stood on the turf inside CenturyLink Field last Aug. 3, donning a gray hoodie. When he eventually unzipped it, that familiar lime-green look cemented his shocking move home to Major League Soccer and to the Seattle Sounders. It was the largest piece to Seattle’s puzzle, the most pronounced transfer in the league since the arrival of David Beckham in 2007. The Sounders were soaring with six weeks remaining in 2013, with eyes on the MLS Supporters’ Shield, the Western Confere... 58297267@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:53:49 MDT Real Salt Lake looking likely to land USL PRO affiliate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58293727-77/lake-salt-pro-rsl.html.csp Sandy • All signs point to a significant addition to Real Salt Lake in the coming year. Internal discussions at the club indicate RSL will in fact have a USL PRO team playing in Utah, and under the umbrella of the franchise, for the 2015 USL PRO season. RSL’s vice president of communications, Trey Fitz-Gerald, and broadcaster Brian Dunseth reported the developments on ESPN700’s OnFrame on Tuesday night. The Tribune has reported on the club’s initial conversations with the Utah State Fairpark reg... Sandy • All signs point to a significant addition to Real Salt Lake in the coming year. Internal discussions at the club indicate RSL will in fact have a USL PRO team playing in Utah, and under the umbrella of the franchise, for the 2015 USL PRO season. RSL’s vice president of communications, Trey Fitz-Gerald, and broadcaster Brian Dunseth reported the developments on ESPN700’s OnFrame on Tuesday night. The Tribune has reported on the club’s initial conversations with the Utah State Fairpark reg... 58293727@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:09:08 MDT Real Salt Lake: Friendly against Club Tijuana allows for more than just playing time http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58285602-77/rsl-club-tijuana-lake.html.csp Sandy • Four days before the NBC Sports Network rolls out its national broadcast of two of Major League Soccer’s top clubs squaring off in Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake will host a complete stranger. Still in the chase for the league’s Supporters’ Shield and the top spot in the Western Conference, RSL will take its foot off the gas — albeit temporarily — in its only international friendly of 2014. Upstart Mexican team Club Tijuana will face RSL for the first time ever Tuesday night in Sandy.... Sandy • Four days before the NBC Sports Network rolls out its national broadcast of two of Major League Soccer’s top clubs squaring off in Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake will host a complete stranger. Still in the chase for the league’s Supporters’ Shield and the top spot in the Western Conference, RSL will take its foot off the gas — albeit temporarily — in its only international friendly of 2014. Upstart Mexican team Club Tijuana will face RSL for the first time ever Tuesday night in Sandy.... 58285602@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:03:57 MDT Real Salt Lake: Schuler named MLS player of the week http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58285239-77/schuler-rsl-week-lake.html.csp Real Salt Lake’s Chris Schuler has been named MLS Player of the Week. Schuler put in in a standout performance last Saturday in RSL’s 3-0 win over D.C. United at Rio Tinto Stadium. The RSL center back notched two goals, scoring in the 13th and 24th minutes, his first goals of 2014. RSL took an early lead through RSL FW Joao Plata in the 11th minute to put the home side up 1-0. Two minutes later, Schuler recorded his first of the night, connecting with a low ball into the six yard box from MF Jav... Real Salt Lake’s Chris Schuler has been named MLS Player of the Week. Schuler put in in a standout performance last Saturday in RSL’s 3-0 win over D.C. United at Rio Tinto Stadium. The RSL center back notched two goals, scoring in the 13th and 24th minutes, his first goals of 2014. RSL took an early lead through RSL FW Joao Plata in the 11th minute to put the home side up 1-0. Two minutes later, Schuler recorded his first of the night, connecting with a low ball into the six yard box from MF Jav... 58285239@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:25:30 MDT RSL’s Javier Morales nursing hip injury after win over D.C. United http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58281518-77/morales-rsl-injury-united.html.csp Javier Morales stopped near midfield late in Saturday night’s win over D.C. United, put his hand up and asked to be taken off the field. When play continued, Morales eventually plopped down on the grass and waited, before finally walking to the bench in noticeable pain. It was perhaps the worst scene of the night for RSL, who dismantled United 3-0, moving to the top of the Western Conference standings and securing the league’s all-time shutout record for goalkeeper Nick Rimando. After the game, ... Javier Morales stopped near midfield late in Saturday night’s win over D.C. United, put his hand up and asked to be taken off the field. When play continued, Morales eventually plopped down on the grass and waited, before finally walking to the bench in noticeable pain. It was perhaps the worst scene of the night for RSL, who dismantled United 3-0, moving to the top of the Western Conference standings and securing the league’s all-time shutout record for goalkeeper Nick Rimando. After the game, ... 58281518@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:22:15 MDT Rimando sets record in Real win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58282337-77/rsl-lake-salt-rimando.html.csp Sandy • The chants started with a couple minutes to play. “Nick Rimando! Nick Rimando!” And when the last whistle was finally blown in a 3-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday, the Real Salt Lake goalkeeper stood at midfield, surrounded by his family, and alone at the top of Major League Soccer’s all-time shutout list with 113 all-time. “It feels good,” Rimando said afterward. “To hear those fans out there scream my name with two minutes left got me a little nervous.” Rimando made two saves Saturd... Sandy • The chants started with a couple minutes to play. “Nick Rimando! Nick Rimando!” And when the last whistle was finally blown in a 3-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday, the Real Salt Lake goalkeeper stood at midfield, surrounded by his family, and alone at the top of Major League Soccer’s all-time shutout list with 113 all-time. “It feels good,” Rimando said afterward. “To hear those fans out there scream my name with two minutes left got me a little nervous.” Rimando made two saves Saturd... 58282337@www.sltrib.com Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:03:01 MDT