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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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58326771@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:27:03 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: RSL salvages tie with Tijuana http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58289991-77/gil-rsl-cassar-tijuana.html.csp Sandy • The rain, at times, was unrelenting, slicing down in sheets. Random bolts of lightning flashed across every corner of Rio Tinto Stadium every now and again. Thunder shook the grounds of the stadium as an August storm sat and stalked what transpired under the lights Tuesday evening in Sandy. Real Salt Lake’s 90 minutes against Club Tijuana was an adventure, one that ended in a 1-1 draw. But international friendlies are often awkward outings as two unfamiliar sides attempt to crack each ot... Sandy • The rain, at times, was unrelenting, slicing down in sheets. Random bolts of lightning flashed across every corner of Rio Tinto Stadium every now and again. Thunder shook the grounds of the stadium as an August storm sat and stalked what transpired under the lights Tuesday evening in Sandy. Real Salt Lake’s 90 minutes against Club Tijuana was an adventure, one that ended in a 1-1 draw. But international friendlies are often awkward outings as two unfamiliar sides attempt to crack each ot... 58289991@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:47:25 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 MLS assesses its future following big summer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58273520-77/league-mls-players-expansion.html.csp Portland, Ore. • This summer showed Major League Soccer that attracting U.S. fans to the game is no longer an issue. It’s engaging them that the league sees as its next step. MLS wrapped up its All-Star game celebration Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over German power Bayern Munich. The match at Portland’s Providence Park capped a wildly successful few months for the sport stateside, following the U.S. national team’s run to the round of 16 in Brazil that drew record television ratings. And ... Portland, Ore. • This summer showed Major League Soccer that attracting U.S. fans to the game is no longer an issue. It’s engaging them that the league sees as its next step. MLS wrapped up its All-Star game celebration Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over German power Bayern Munich. The match at Portland’s Providence Park capped a wildly successful few months for the sport stateside, following the U.S. national team’s run to the round of 16 in Brazil that drew record television ratings. And ... 58273520@www.sltrib.com Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:28:03 MDT Real Salt Lake ready for new-look D.C. United http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58276927-77/rsl-team-united-cup.html.csp Sandy • Real Salt Lake seemed almost destined to win last year’s Open Cup. Good fortune, in the form of a series of coin flips, let RSL host every match it played in the tournament, while other Major League Soccer sides traveled cross-country to play in tiny minor-league parks. And the final matchup could have just as easily been hand-picked. D.C. United was far and away the worst team in Major League Soccer a season ago. But when the final whistle was blown last fall, United had come into Rio T... Sandy • Real Salt Lake seemed almost destined to win last year’s Open Cup. Good fortune, in the form of a series of coin flips, let RSL host every match it played in the tournament, while other Major League Soccer sides traveled cross-country to play in tiny minor-league parks. And the final matchup could have just as easily been hand-picked. D.C. United was far and away the worst team in Major League Soccer a season ago. But when the final whistle was blown last fall, United had come into Rio T... 58276927@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:02:38 MDT RSL signs Argentine striker Sebastian Jaime http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58277332-77/lagerwey-jaime-club-rsl.html.csp Two days after the August Major League Soccer transfer window was slammed shut, Real Salt Lake revealed a mid-season addition to its roster. And it’s a big one. RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey confirmed Friday that the club has signed 27-year-old Argentinian forward Sebastian Jaime from Chilean Primera Division club Union Española. A deal had been in the works for roughly three weeks, but the proper paperwork was signed and processed Wednesday before the window closed a day after Jaime compl... Two days after the August Major League Soccer transfer window was slammed shut, Real Salt Lake revealed a mid-season addition to its roster. And it’s a big one. RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey confirmed Friday that the club has signed 27-year-old Argentinian forward Sebastian Jaime from Chilean Primera Division club Union Española. A deal had been in the works for roughly three weeks, but the proper paperwork was signed and processed Wednesday before the window closed a day after Jaime compl... 58277332@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:02:38 MDT MLS All-Star Game: Portland loves Nick Rimando http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58270030-77/rimando-portland-timbers-nick.html.csp Portland, Ore. • When Major League Soccer and Bayern Munich rolled into town this week, Timbers fan Kris Carpenter sought out an autograph from just one all-star: Nick Rimando. Yes, that Nick Rimando. The Real Salt Lake keeper who’s 8-1-2 all time against Portland. The Timbers nemesis who’s allowed just three goals in four matches at Providence Park. So why would Carpenter, a 28-year-old member of Timbers Army since 2007, carry such regard for a star who’s enjoyed so much success against his c... Portland, Ore. • When Major League Soccer and Bayern Munich rolled into town this week, Timbers fan Kris Carpenter sought out an autograph from just one all-star: Nick Rimando. Yes, that Nick Rimando. The Real Salt Lake keeper who’s 8-1-2 all time against Portland. The Timbers nemesis who’s allowed just three goals in four matches at Providence Park. So why would Carpenter, a 28-year-old member of Timbers Army since 2007, carry such regard for a star who’s enjoyed so much success against his c... 58270030@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:33:44 MDT Real Salt Lake: Beckerman’s feet will keep him out of All-Star Game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58263833-77/beckerman-cassar-rsl-lake.html.csp Real Salt Lake coach Jeff Cassar took a look at his star midfielder’s feet, and offered his professional opinion. “His feet are really messed up,” Cassar said after examining RSL captain Kyle Beckerman’s wheels. “They just look nasty.” Salt Lake believes Beckerman’s foot issues will be a short-term problem, but they’re serious enough to keep him out of Wednesday night’s All-Star Game. Beckerman opted to skip his eighth straight All-Star game and a chance to rematch with a handful of German natio... Real Salt Lake coach Jeff Cassar took a look at his star midfielder’s feet, and offered his professional opinion. “His feet are really messed up,” Cassar said after examining RSL captain Kyle Beckerman’s wheels. “They just look nasty.” Salt Lake believes Beckerman’s foot issues will be a short-term problem, but they’re serious enough to keep him out of Wednesday night’s All-Star Game. Beckerman opted to skip his eighth straight All-Star game and a chance to rematch with a handful of German natio... 58263833@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:55:49 MDT