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But inside the studios, Taylor Twellman found himself cringing far too often when he should have been enjoying the latest brilliant moment or blunder. It was... For nearly five weeks, ESPN’s World Cup studio hosts riffed off the day’s events at Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, providing the kind of stunning views that come with a World Cup in Brazil. The lush green landscape, littered with towering building after building lay parallel next to the crashing waves of the world’s most famous beach. But inside the studios, Taylor Twellman found himself cringing far too often when he should have been enjoying the latest brilliant moment or blunder. It was... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58224608@www.sltrib.com Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:48:57 MDT Real Salt Lake needs Olmes Garcia’s breakout to continue http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58224137-77/garcia-rsl-goals-montreal.html.csp Sandy • Fans and the front office alike could definitely get used to seeing Olmes Garcia shimmy and shake in celebration more often. In a season in which all-time leading scorer Alvaro Saborio remains sidelined with a broken foot sustained in late May, Real Salt Lake has waited for another option to emerge. One goal makes a world of difference. Two goals in 30 minutes may theoretically spell the start of something. And RSL needs it. If Garcia can figure out a way to build on what he started Thu... Sandy • Fans and the front office alike could definitely get used to seeing Olmes Garcia shimmy and shake in celebration more often. In a season in which all-time leading scorer Alvaro Saborio remains sidelined with a broken foot sustained in late May, Real Salt Lake has waited for another option to emerge. One goal makes a world of difference. Two goals in 30 minutes may theoretically spell the start of something. And RSL needs it. If Garcia can figure out a way to build on what he started Thu... 58224137@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:34:11 MDT RSL 3, Montreal 1: Garcia scores twice in Real home win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58222229-77/garcia-rsl-montreal-ball.html.csp Sandy • Fireworks popped periodically in the not-so-far-off distance northeast of Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday evening. The main event was under the lights in Sandy and, regardless of the outcome of Real Salt Lake’s Pioneer Day matchup with the visiting Montreal Impact, some fireworks were promised to those packed inside. Once substitute Olmes Garcia rose up and whipped his head to the left, flicking the ball played into the box, the end result superseded anything that was guaranteed once the f... Sandy • Fireworks popped periodically in the not-so-far-off distance northeast of Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday evening. The main event was under the lights in Sandy and, regardless of the outcome of Real Salt Lake’s Pioneer Day matchup with the visiting Montreal Impact, some fireworks were promised to those packed inside. Once substitute Olmes Garcia rose up and whipped his head to the left, flicking the ball played into the box, the end result superseded anything that was guaranteed once the f... 58222229@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:52:28 MDT Real Salt Lake original Andy Williams adjusting to new role http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58212195-77/rsl-club-williams-montreal.html.csp Sandy • The temperature rises on a sweltering midsummer day at America First Field in Sandy and there is Andy Williams, pointing out passing angles in a windbreaker and a Real Salt Lake cap. The windbreaker has a single star above the club’s crest over Williams’ heart, a signifier of his playing days with RSL, of the dreadful seasons laboring on the steaming turf at Rice-Eccles Stadium to the MLS Cup crown hoisted five seasons ago. For 90 minutes, the club runs through drills and small scrimmage... Sandy • The temperature rises on a sweltering midsummer day at America First Field in Sandy and there is Andy Williams, pointing out passing angles in a windbreaker and a Real Salt Lake cap. The windbreaker has a single star above the club’s crest over Williams’ heart, a signifier of his playing days with RSL, of the dreadful seasons laboring on the steaming turf at Rice-Eccles Stadium to the MLS Cup crown hoisted five seasons ago. For 90 minutes, the club runs through drills and small scrimmage... 58212195@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:43:47 MDT Real Salt Lake notes: Penalty kicks go viral in MLS http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58211455-77/penalty-rsl-matches-mls.html.csp Sandy • For reasons unknown and quite puzzling, an emerging theme to this season has been the blowing of the whistle and the pointing to the spot. Penalty kicks have gone viral in Major League Soccer in 2014. Through 180 league matches entering this week, 88 penalty kick calls have been awarded, per Ben Jata, analyst at Opta Sports. That mark well surpasses the last three MLS seasons at their finish. In 2013, 81 penalties were whistled in 323 matches. In 2012, 72 were awarded in 323 matches and ... Sandy • For reasons unknown and quite puzzling, an emerging theme to this season has been the blowing of the whistle and the pointing to the spot. Penalty kicks have gone viral in Major League Soccer in 2014. Through 180 league matches entering this week, 88 penalty kick calls have been awarded, per Ben Jata, analyst at Opta Sports. That mark well surpasses the last three MLS seasons at their finish. In 2013, 81 penalties were whistled in 323 matches. In 2012, 72 were awarded in 323 matches and ... 58211455@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:43:14 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL happy to have Robbie Findley back http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58203498-77/findley-rsl-robbie-game.html.csp There were roaring cheers and people chanting his name as he stepped onto the field Saturday night, something Robbie Findley hasn’t been able to do often this season. An offseason knee surgery brought lingering soreness into the new year and, most recently, an adductor strain has kept him out of action. In all, the Real Salt Lake forward had logged just 88 minutes in two appearances coming into the night. So his second-half substitution against Vancouver was a welcomed sight for Findley’s teamma... There were roaring cheers and people chanting his name as he stepped onto the field Saturday night, something Robbie Findley hasn’t been able to do often this season. An offseason knee surgery brought lingering soreness into the new year and, most recently, an adductor strain has kept him out of action. In all, the Real Salt Lake forward had logged just 88 minutes in two appearances coming into the night. So his second-half substitution against Vancouver was a welcomed sight for Findley’s teamma... 58203498@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:46:10 MDT Real Salt Lake fights for draw against Vancouver http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58202766-77/vancouver-lake-salt-rsl.html.csp Sandy • Real Salt Lake needed to show some fight Saturday. At first, it came quite literally. Then, in the run of play. After a questionable penalty call put RSL in a 1-0 hole late against the Vancouver Whitecaps, tensions flared between the two teams, with referees and security breaking up an angry scrum at the center circle. “I’m proud of the guys,” RSL coach Jeff Cassar said afterward. “… I think everybody was getting a bit frustrated. I think it was because the referee didn’t control the gam... Sandy • Real Salt Lake needed to show some fight Saturday. At first, it came quite literally. Then, in the run of play. After a questionable penalty call put RSL in a 1-0 hole late against the Vancouver Whitecaps, tensions flared between the two teams, with referees and security breaking up an angry scrum at the center circle. “I’m proud of the guys,” RSL coach Jeff Cassar said afterward. “… I think everybody was getting a bit frustrated. I think it was because the referee didn’t control the gam... 58202766@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:12:21 MDT Real Salt Lake hoping Plata’s goal opens floodgates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58202795-77/goal-plata-felt-team.html.csp Sandy • It’s said that goal scoring is like getting ketchup out of a glass bottle — when one comes, they usually come in bunches. Real Salt Lake went more than 400 minutes without scoring a goal from open play, but finally and mercifully, Joao Plata slotted one in from the edge of the box in the 81st minute of the team’s 1-1 tie with Vancouver Saturday night. Now, the team hopes more will follow. “It was a great ball, right in stride, Joao took it nicely, cut in and a great finish,” said coach J... Sandy • It’s said that goal scoring is like getting ketchup out of a glass bottle — when one comes, they usually come in bunches. Real Salt Lake went more than 400 minutes without scoring a goal from open play, but finally and mercifully, Joao Plata slotted one in from the edge of the box in the 81st minute of the team’s 1-1 tie with Vancouver Saturday night. Now, the team hopes more will follow. “It was a great ball, right in stride, Joao took it nicely, cut in and a great finish,” said coach J... 58202795@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:12:21 MDT Real Salt Lake: Vancouver is built to be reckoned with http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58192575-77/vancouver-whitecaps-club-mls.html.csp Sandy • The drums pounded and the smoke bombs erupted inside CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle Sunday night as they typically do. Major League Soccer was at the forefront hours after the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil as arguably the league’s most-fueled rivalry, Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, took center stage on the ESPN network. Soccer continues to brew in the Pacific Northwest, a stronghold of the sport in this country. But north of the border in British Columbia, the Vancouver W... Sandy • The drums pounded and the smoke bombs erupted inside CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle Sunday night as they typically do. Major League Soccer was at the forefront hours after the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil as arguably the league’s most-fueled rivalry, Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, took center stage on the ESPN network. Soccer continues to brew in the Pacific Northwest, a stronghold of the sport in this country. But north of the border in British Columbia, the Vancouver W... 58192575@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:40:35 MDT Real Salt Lake wants to build minor-league stadium at Fairpark http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58199053-77/stadium-fairpark-rsl-league.html.csp Professional soccer may indeed be played at the Utah State Fairgrounds. Years after officials examined the possibility of building a stadium for Real Salt Lake on Salt Lake City’s west side, the team’s new owner wants to construct a stadium there for a minor league affiliate. RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen wants to create a public-private partnership with the Fairpark Corporation to construct a multi-use sports stadium that could hold up to 8,000 people. The stadium would be home to RSL’s minor leagu... Professional soccer may indeed be played at the Utah State Fairgrounds. Years after officials examined the possibility of building a stadium for Real Salt Lake on Salt Lake City’s west side, the team’s new owner wants to construct a stadium there for a minor league affiliate. RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen wants to create a public-private partnership with the Fairpark Corporation to construct a multi-use sports stadium that could hold up to 8,000 people. The stadium would be home to RSL’s minor leagu... 58199053@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:40:35 MDT MLS: Beckerman, Rimando named to MLS All-Star Game Fan XI http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58192110-77/mls-star-fan-beckerman.html.csp Downtown Portland could resemble Recife on the night of Aug. 6. Major League Soccer announced its Fan XI for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game at Providence Park on Aug. 6 when a side of MLS’ top performers take on German Bundesliga magnate Bayern Munich. In all, eight MLS players who participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil highlight the cast of All Stars that will take on a Bayern Munich group that had 14 players represent their respective countries in Brazil, more than any other club around... Downtown Portland could resemble Recife on the night of Aug. 6. Major League Soccer announced its Fan XI for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game at Providence Park on Aug. 6 when a side of MLS’ top performers take on German Bundesliga magnate Bayern Munich. In all, eight MLS players who participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil highlight the cast of All Stars that will take on a Bayern Munich group that had 14 players represent their respective countries in Brazil, more than any other club around... 58192110@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:16:21 MDT Real Salt Lake: John Stertzer seizing his long-awaited moment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58191265-77/stertzer-midfielder-rsl-2013.html.csp Sandy • A shoulder dislocation stalled the start to a long-awaited professional soccer career. But after the pain of that May 20 day a year ago, after the necessary shoulder surgery that put John Stertzer out for the remainder of the 2013 season, the notion of embracing a fresh start soothed nerves. This 2014 campaign was just another avenue to lace up the boots for Real Salt Lake’s 2013 first-round draft pick. When former assistant Jeff Cassar turned head coach in the wake of Jason Kreis’ depar... Sandy • A shoulder dislocation stalled the start to a long-awaited professional soccer career. But after the pain of that May 20 day a year ago, after the necessary shoulder surgery that put John Stertzer out for the remainder of the 2013 season, the notion of embracing a fresh start soothed nerves. This 2014 campaign was just another avenue to lace up the boots for Real Salt Lake’s 2013 first-round draft pick. When former assistant Jeff Cassar turned head coach in the wake of Jason Kreis’ depar... 58191265@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:56:49 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL finds itself in a summertime scoring rut http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58179567-77/goals-rsl-scored-club.html.csp Carson, Calif. • It’s a dreadfully long season. The proof rests in the reality that the Major League Soccer campaign spans all four seasons, which leaves enough time on the calendar to feature the triumph and the agony. Real Salt Lake blasted out of the gates, scoring goals at will and willing themselves to finding results, both at home and away from Rio Tinto Stadium. The ecstasy of a fantastic start was showcased in an attack that, at the time, was as potent as any in MLS. In the first 10 matc... Carson, Calif. • It’s a dreadfully long season. The proof rests in the reality that the Major League Soccer campaign spans all four seasons, which leaves enough time on the calendar to feature the triumph and the agony. Real Salt Lake blasted out of the gates, scoring goals at will and willing themselves to finding results, both at home and away from Rio Tinto Stadium. The ecstasy of a fantastic start was showcased in an attack that, at the time, was as potent as any in MLS. In the first 10 matc... 58179567@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:25:59 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL offense sputters in 1-0 loss at Galaxy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58178653-77/galaxy-rimando-rsl-minute.html.csp Carson, Calif. • It was considered common knowledge entering this 2014 Major League Soccer season that indeed the time would come when Real Salt Lake’s stars would poof and disappear for a bit. Odds were stacked in the favor of Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Alvaro Saborio to represent their respective countries on the world’s stage in Brazil. It was also common knowledge that missing each player would bring respective talent gaps that needed to be replaced upon their departing in mid-May. Bec... Carson, Calif. • It was considered common knowledge entering this 2014 Major League Soccer season that indeed the time would come when Real Salt Lake’s stars would poof and disappear for a bit. Odds were stacked in the favor of Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Alvaro Saborio to represent their respective countries on the world’s stage in Brazil. It was also common knowledge that missing each player would bring respective talent gaps that needed to be replaced upon their departing in mid-May. Bec... 58178653@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:49:57 MDT Real Salt Lake: Chris Wingert, RSL’s expert note-taker http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58173994-77/rsl-wingert-galaxy-league.html.csp Sandy • There’s a system in which it’s done. It’s throwback, no doubt, because Chris Wingert can’t help but chuckle when he explains his approach to furthering his preparation for each day and upcoming match. He takes notes. For the longest time, it was, indeed, in a notebook he carried around with him littered with scribbles of scouting reports, tendencies and crucial can’t-miss information about the next opponent. Times have changed a smidge. Wingert’s cerebral method has translated to endless... Sandy • There’s a system in which it’s done. It’s throwback, no doubt, because Chris Wingert can’t help but chuckle when he explains his approach to furthering his preparation for each day and upcoming match. He takes notes. For the longest time, it was, indeed, in a notebook he carried around with him littered with scribbles of scouting reports, tendencies and crucial can’t-miss information about the next opponent. Times have changed a smidge. Wingert’s cerebral method has translated to endless... 58173994@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:56:14 MDT Real Salt Lake: Beckerman, Rimando still processing Brazil experience http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58170697-77/rimando-rsl-lake-salt.html.csp Sandy • That month pinging around Brazil, the hotbed of soccer, is reality to so few around the world, but couldn’t have been more real to Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando. They’re back with Real Salt Lake after being away from the club since May 14, and 36 hours or so after landing at Salt Lake International Airport, they went 90 minutes in a 2-1 Fourth of July win that produced a much-needed three points. The taxing toll of the last two months didn’t hamper performance, but the lingering emotio... Sandy • That month pinging around Brazil, the hotbed of soccer, is reality to so few around the world, but couldn’t have been more real to Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando. They’re back with Real Salt Lake after being away from the club since May 14, and 36 hours or so after landing at Salt Lake International Airport, they went 90 minutes in a 2-1 Fourth of July win that produced a much-needed three points. The taxing toll of the last two months didn’t hamper performance, but the lingering emotio... 58170697@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:32:37 MDT Real Salt Lake: Set pieces an area of focus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58161705-77/rsl-garza-cassar-club.html.csp Sandy • Ninety minutes of incredible soccer can be undone by one momentary lapse of focus. That’s what Real Salt Lake must continue to realize, coach Jeff Cassar reiterates, that outplaying a team doesn’t always guarantee three points if it continues to struggle marking on set-piece situations. Difficulties in that realm have cost RSL the opportunity of securing three points throughout the year. “It’s just winning your individual battles,” Cassar said. “We stress it every single day when we go o... Sandy • Ninety minutes of incredible soccer can be undone by one momentary lapse of focus. That’s what Real Salt Lake must continue to realize, coach Jeff Cassar reiterates, that outplaying a team doesn’t always guarantee three points if it continues to struggle marking on set-piece situations. Difficulties in that realm have cost RSL the opportunity of securing three points throughout the year. “It’s just winning your individual battles,” Cassar said. “We stress it every single day when we go o... 58161705@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:45:02 MDT Real Salt Lake: Renewed with confidence, RSL preps for L.A. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58151520-77/rsl-galaxy-season-half.html.csp Sandy • When originally viewed upon the calendar, the July 12 match at the L.A. Galaxy looked like it could have been misplaced. Still potentially during U.S. World Cup play, a crucial Western Conference showcase between Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy had the makings of two undermanned sides squaring off at StubHub Center. Things change. Landon Donovan didn’t make the trek to Brazil, while Omar Gonzalez did with RSL stars Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando, helping the United States men’s national t... Sandy • When originally viewed upon the calendar, the July 12 match at the L.A. Galaxy looked like it could have been misplaced. Still potentially during U.S. World Cup play, a crucial Western Conference showcase between Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy had the makings of two undermanned sides squaring off at StubHub Center. Things change. Landon Donovan didn’t make the trek to Brazil, while Omar Gonzalez did with RSL stars Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando, helping the United States men’s national t... 58151520@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:45:12 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL ends slide with 2-1 win over Revs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58150080-77/rsl-lake-salt-beckerman.html.csp Seven weeks might’ve seemed like an eternity. Without its captain and without its wall between the posts, Real Salt Lake went through a series of trials it half-expected when Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando got on a plane destined for the Bay Area in mid-May. The RSL pillars bounced around North America and South America for seven weeks, going from California to New York to Florida and eventually to Brazil, soaring around the massive country with the hopes of a nation and a fan base nestled on ... Seven weeks might’ve seemed like an eternity. Without its captain and without its wall between the posts, Real Salt Lake went through a series of trials it half-expected when Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando got on a plane destined for the Bay Area in mid-May. The RSL pillars bounced around North America and South America for seven weeks, going from California to New York to Florida and eventually to Brazil, soaring around the massive country with the hopes of a nation and a fan base nestled on ... 58150080@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:01:52 MDT