RSL wraps up training camp
Real Salt Lake ended its stretch of training camp in Florida in positive fashion.
Against the U.S. Adult Amateur Team, Real earned a 3-1 victory Saturday and stretched its winning streak in preseason games to four.
"Overall we finished on an upbeat note and the guys feel pretty good about themselves as we were able to get out of Florida without any injuries," coach John Ellinger said. "The next phase will be to find our starting 11 and to get the team where it needs to be for the opening day on April 2 against the MetroStars."
Real started strong, getting three goals in the first half while holding the amateurs scoreless. Luke Kreamalmeyer fed the ball to Clint Mathis in the 10th minute for the first goal after a run down the left side. Fifteen minutes later, Kreamalmeyer fed Jason Kreis for a 2-0 lead as Kreis scored his fourth goal in three games.
Mathis assisted the third goal by popping the ball over the defense to Dipsy Selolwane, who beat the amateur's keeper for a 3-0 lead in the 35th minute.
Players in Portugal
The team now has four days off before Thursday's departure for Monte Gordo, Portugal. Training will continue there until March 9, and the team also will play three exhibition games.
Real is taking only 22 players to its training sessions in Portugal, and the two biggest names on the team will not make it. Eddie Pope and Mathis will be training with the national team in preparation for the World Cup Qualifier against Mexico on March 27.
A handful of other players will not make the trip while training with their respective national teams. Pablo Brenes will be training in Costa Rica, Andy Williams will be training in Jamaica and Marlon Rojas will be training with the Trinidad and Tobago team. Also, injured players Chris Brown and Jeff Stewart will not make it.
World Cup Qualifier
The U.S. women's national team drew more people to Rice-Eccles Stadium in its 2003 game against Ireland than it did to any other game that year.
If the U.S. Soccer Federation chooses Salt Lake City as the host of the June 4 men's World Cup Qualifying match against Costa Rica, it could make that game look like a tea party. Real Salt Lake officials this week said the team is spearheading the bid process to bring a qualifier to Utah, and that the team's preference is to have the game be a double-header.
Chances are, Real's scheduled match on June 3 against FC Dallas would be moved back one day to make the game a double-header.