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Real Salt Lake happy for charter flight

Published July 28, 2012 1:06 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

What's the difference between taking a commercial flight and a charter.When you are on your way to Costa Rica, it could mean the difference between winning or losing. Especially since flying time for Real Salt Lake can potentially be cut in half from 12 hours.Think of the leg room as well as delays at airports. Then there is customs as RSL begins its four-game CONCACAF Champions League group."Hundred percent," said Real Salt Lake goal keeper Nick Rimando on the importance of taking charter flight to play Costa Rican champion CS Herediano. "All the teams are doing it around the league and it was great for us to step up. It's a huge advantage for us. It's a huge advantage for any team to take a charter anywhere."It's a relief for the players, for sure, and we're very grateful to ownership."RSL, which departs Sunday for Tuesday's 8 p.m. (MDT) game, takes on an impressive opponent. Herediano, founded in 1921, has 21 league titles.— Martin Renzhofer