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Sandy • What happens when your highest-paid player, your star goal-scorer, the guy leaned on to produce sounds off about his recent lack of playing time? Let’s just say Mike Petke has been in a situation similar to this before. …

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brooks Lennon (27) celebrates Real forward Yura Movsisyan (14) after Movsisyan  scored for Real Salt Lake, in MLS action Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Scott D. Pierce: MLS’ latest TV plan is just plain dopey
    It’s no secret that Major League Soccer’s national television ratings are not good. Last year, national telecasts averaged 188,000 viewers on Fox Spor...
    Updated May 23 2017 04:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    RSL’s Brooks Lennon helps complete 3-3 rally in U.S. U-20 World Cup opener
    <iframe width=“646” height=“400” src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/VrXNFX2YBzY” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen></iframe> The Americ...
    Updated May 22 2017 09:21 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (10) reacts after narrowly missing a goal on a penalty kick, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake Vs. Atlanta United, at Rio Tinto Stadium, Wednesday, April 22, 2017. Real Salt Lake: RSL needs Joao Plata to find a good run of form, and quickly
    Seattle • As Real Salt Lake fans have grown accustomed to seeing, Joao Plata lowered his center of gravity, dipped his right shoulder and burned past ...
    Updated May 21 2017 09:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Seattle’s Gustav Svensson, top center, takes the header but is blocked by Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando in the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Seattle. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP) Real Salt Lake: Forward Yura Movsisyan unhappy with his role
    Seattle • One of the first players dressed and ready to leave CenturyLink Field on Saturday afternoon was Yura Movsisyan. Following Real Salt Lake’s 1...
    Updated May 20 2017 09:22 pm   |     |   Share



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  • Seattle Sounders Jordan Morris, left, attacks but Real Salt Lake’s Aaron Maund gets a hand on his shoulder and disrupts the shot late in the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Seattle. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP) Real Salt Lake: RSL falls for seventh-straight time at Seattle, 1-0
    Seattle • After the final whistle sounded, Clint Dempsey unwrapped his shin guards, dropped them on the turf inside CenturyLink Field and made the slo...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler (28) and New York City FC midfielder Thomas McNamara (15) pursue the ball. Real Salt Lake vs. New York City FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday May 17, 2017. Real Salt Lake: Amid injuries, changes, struggles, how does RSL reverse course after rough start?
    Seattle • Real Salt Lake general manager Craig Waibel said anyone is allowed to “view art, the game, our game, and interpret it as they wish.” It’s be...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Real Salt Lake’s Jefferson Savarino and New York City FC midfielder Thomas McNamara (15). Real Salt Lake vs. New York City FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday May 17, 2017. Real Salt Lake: Newly acquired Savarino makes a solid first impression at home
    Sandy • One question Craig Waibel always faces when delving into a new signing is just how quickly Real Salt Lake can get that player up to speed. The...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   New York City FC forward Sean Okoli (9) shoots a goal between Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Maund’s legs. Real Salt Lake vs. New York City FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday May 17, 2017. Kragthorpe: RSL thrives in the snow, breaking four-game losing streak
    Sandy The celebrations were subdued. Real Salt Lake’s Albert Rusnák clenched his fist and hugged a few teammates after his tying goal, then Aaron Ma...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman (5), Jefferson Savarino (7), and Albert Rusnak (11) celebrate Rusnak’s first half goal. Real Salt Lake vs. New York City FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday May 17, 2017. Real Salt Lake snaps streak with 2-1 win over NYCFC
    Sandy • Mike Petke’s pregame speeches traditionally range anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes. It’s there Real Salt Lake’s head coach goes over the finer p...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman (5), Jefferson Savarino (7), and Albert Rusnak (11) celebrate Rusnak’s first half goal. Real Salt Lake vs. New York City FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday May 17, 2017. Real Salt Lake notes: Rusnák crosses paths with former Man City youth coach — NYCFC’s Patrick Vieira
    Sandy • Those around Patrick Vieira knew he was bound for a transition from the midfield to the coach’s box as his storied playing career reached its ...
    Updated May 17 2017 11:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Tyler Gibbons  |  Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake midfielder Omar Holness, shown here this preseason, is taking aim at more minutes after making his first start of 2017 last weekend in New England Real Salt Lake: Omar Holness determined to keep fighting for a starting role at RSL
    Sandy • Omar Holness walked through the maze of Real Salt Lake’s locker room, past the weights and exercise equipment, to the back door where coach Mi...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:47 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) goes for the ball, as Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron (10) defends, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake Vs. Atlanta United, at Rio Tinto Stadium, Wednesday, April 22, 2017.   RSL could see Beckerman, Rimando return Wednesday vs. NYCFC
    Mike Petke has stated a few times in recent weeks that he is not a psychologist. As Real Salt Lake continues to toil in a frustration riding a four-ga...

    Updated May 15 2017 03:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Real Salt Lake midfielder Danilo Acosta, left, is directed by head coach Mike Petke while facing the Colorado Rapids in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Real Salt Lake: Amid its ongoing stumble, RSL in search of several answers
    Did Mike Petke think making this gigantic U-turn at Real Salt Lake would be this difficult? The RSL coach was asked the exact question point-blank on ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Toronto FC Tosaint Ricketts, top,  is upended as he challenges for the ball with Minnesota United FC’s Francisco Calvo during the second half of an MLS game in Toronto on Saturday, May 13, 2017. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) Major League Soccer: Toronto beats Minnesota 3-2 for sixth straight victory
    Toronto • Tosaint Ricketts broke a tie in the 77th minute and Toronto FC beat Minnesota United 3-2 on Saturday to push its club-record winning streak ...
    Updated May 13 2017 10:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • RSL notes: Turf issues continue for Real
    Foxborough, Mass. • It was an issue even before Saturday night’s game, but perhaps Real Salt Lake’s players really are allergic to artificial turf. Th...
    Updated May 13 2017 10:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Real Salt Lake: Revolution hand RSL its fourth straight loss, 4-0
    Foxborough, Mass. • Allowing a goal in the fourth minute wasn’t in Real Salt Lake’s playbook for Saturday night’s MLS match against the New England Re...
    Updated May 13 2017 10:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Minnesota United FC midfielder Ibson (7) dribbles passed Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) during their match at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, April 1, 2017. RSL lost the match 4-2. Courtesy Photo)   | Minnesota United FC Real Salt Lake: Winless on turf in last three and a half years, RSL’s out to end that skid
    It’s a trend impossible to ignore, one Real Salt Lake players and coaches prep to discuss each week they set out on the road to face an opponent whose...
    Updated May 12 2017 05:32 pm   |     |   Share
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    ‘Bare bones’ RSL set to kick off first of three games in a week
    “We’re at bare bones right now,” <b>Mike Petke</b> said this week before Real Salt Lake boarded its cross-country flight to Boston. That’...
    Updated May 11 2017 11:03 am   |     |   Share
  • Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, center, runs past Celta’s Nemanja Radoja, left and Iago Aspas during a Europa League, semifinal, first leg soccer match between Celta and Manchester United at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Thursday May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar) Real Salt Lake: Tickets for friendly vs. Manchester United going quickly
    Sandy • If you’re scouring for tickets to catch Manchester United in suburban Salt Lake City this summer, you better not lollygag much longer. They’ll...
    Updated May 10 2017 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake midfielder Sebastian Saucedo (23) gets tripped, as heroes for the ball, in Real Salt Lake Vs. Atlanta United, at Rio Tinto Stadium, Wednesday, April 22, 2017.   Four RSL first-teamers named to U.S. U-20 World Cup roster
    A portion of Real Salt Lake’s young core will play a serious role at this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup. U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday the 21-man rost...
    Updated May 09 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy Robert Hitz | Real Salt Lake RSL’s new Designated Player Jefferson Savarino goes through a drill at Tuesday’s training session at America First Field in Sandy. Real Salt Lake: New forward Jefferson Savarino latest piece to RSL’s youth movement
    Craig Waibel and his front office staff have their list of must-watch matches worldwide. Some tune-ins are just for kicks, others for work. Sometimes ...
    Updated May 09 2017 07:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Danilo Acosta, the youngest player on the RSL roster at 19, is a Honduran-born defender now playing in the U.S. youth national team. He moved the U.S. at 12, moving from the crime-ridden streets of San Pedro Sula where he lived with his grandparents to his new home with his dad, near Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy., Friday May 5, 2017. Real Salt Lake: Danny Acosta’s path to RSL weaved through streets of the murder capital of the world to Sandy
    Sandy • The city was known then as the murder capital of the world, but even so, the little boy could not wait to go out into the streets of San Pedro...
    Updated May 08 2017 09:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  Real Salt Lake midfielder Brooks Lennon (27) slips as he tries to keep the ball inbounds with pressure from FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios (21) during their match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Real Salt Lake: With U-20 World Cup calls here, RSL’s climb gets more challenging
    Sandy • The customary scrum of hugs and handshakes eventually splintered apart Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium as Real Salt Lake’s third straight ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  FC Dallas midfielder Javier Morales (11), right, and Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando greet each other before the beginning of their match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Real Salt Lake: FC Dallas thumps RSL 3-0 in Morales’ return to Rio Tinto
    Sandy • Javier Morales stood on the west side of Rio Tinto Stadium before kickoff Saturday night flanked by Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:24 pm   |     |   Share