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Real Week 2013 Kicks off on Saturday

March 8, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) Real Salt Lake

SANDY, Utah (Friday, March 8, 2013) - Real Salt Lake will kick off its ninth-annual Real Week celebration this Saturday, beginning a full week of events leading up to the club's March 16 home opener against Rocky Mountain Cup Presented by Mark Miller Subaru rivals Colorado Rapids.

The highlight of this year's Real Week will come on Wednesday, when the full Real Salt Lake team - including Owner Dell Loy Hansen, President Bill Manning, Head Coach Jason Kreis, General Manager Garth Lagerwey and every player - will make a public appearance at Scheels in Sandy from 2-3 p.m. Scheels will auction off several autographed RSL kits and a few lucky fans will walk away from the event with an autographed RSL mini ball.

Additionally, Kreis will speak at the event and answer questions submitted by fans on Twitter. Fans interested in submitting questions should use #RSLAMAA for their question to be considered. Kreis will also appear live on ESPN 700's "The Bill & Hans Show," which will broadcast live from the event. Lagerwey and several players will also appear on "The Bill & Hans Show" during the event.

The full Real Week 2013 schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 9

Real Salt Lake at D.C. United - 5 p.m. MT on ABC4, ESPN 700 and 102.3 La Gran D/1600 AM

- Watch Parties

o Bourbon House - 19 E, 200 S B-200, Salt Lake City

o Dick N' Dixie's - 479 E, 300 S, Salt Lake City

o Legends Sports Pub - 677 S, 200 W, Salt Lake City

o The Huddle - 2400 E Ft. Union Blvd., Salt Lake City

o Lumpy's South - 8925 S Harrison St., Sandy

o Maggie McGee's - 6253 S Highland Dr., Salt Lake City

o Piper Down Pub - 1492 S State St., Salt Lake City

o Red Rock Brewing - Fashion Place Mall, 6227 S State St., Murray

- Injured RSL DF Chris Wingert will tweet from the @RealSaltLake Twitter account from the 40th minute of Saturday's match, continuing through halftime before wrapping up in the 50th minute.

Monday, March 11

- Real Salt Lake will hold National Anthem auditions at Rio Tinto Stadium for 2013 RSL home games. Auditions are by appointment only and will be judged by a celebrity panel. Local news outlets ABC4 and KSL will cover the auditions.

- RSL DF Nat Borchers live interview on ESPN 700's "The Bill & Hans Show" at 4:40 p.m.

- ESPN 700's "On Frame" soccer-specific radio show will air from 7-9 p.m.

- The Sovereign Fan Feature - Difference Makers - will run on RealSaltLake.com. Features an article written by an RSL fan.

- Real Salt Lake Team Store Item of the Day: Hats & Beanies

Tuesday, March 12

- Real Salt Lake will hold a "Scarf & Seek" with Good Things Utah. The RSL Prize Patrol will be out on the town giving away RSL scarves to fans. Keep your eye on all RSL social media outlets and Good Things Utah for clues to the scarf locations.

- RealSaltLake.com and the Real Salt Lake YouTube channel will host a live streaming interview with RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman, DF Tony Beltran and MF Luis Gil. Submit questions for the guys on the Real Salt Lake Facebook page or on Twitter @RealSaltLake.

- RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis live interview on ESPN 700's "The Bill & Hans Show" at 4:40 p.m.

- The Sovereign Fan Feature - Difference Makers - will run on RealSaltLake.com. Features an article written by an RSL fan.

- Real Salt Lake Team Store Item of the Day: Scarves

Wednesday, March 13

- RSL DF Chris Wingert and RSL Camp Director Rob Karas will appear on KSL TV News at 12:00 p.m.

- FULL TEAM PUBLIC APPEARANCE AT SCHEELS PRESENTED BY ESPN 700 ANDSCHEELS

o The full Real Salt Lake team - including Owner Dell Loy Hansen, President Bill Manning, Head Coach Jason Kreis, General Manager Garth Lagerwey and every player - will make a public appearance at Scheels in Sandy from 2-3 p.m. Scheels will auction off several autographed RSL kits and a few lucky fans will walk away from the event with an autographed RSL mini ball.

o Additionally, Kreis will speak at the event and answer questions submitted by fans on Twitter. Fans interested in submitting questions should use #RSLAMAA for their question to be considered. Kreis will also appear live on ESPN 700's "The Bill & Hans Show," which will broadcast live from the event. Lagerwey and several players will also appear on "The Bill & Hans Show" during the event.

- The Sovereign Fan Feature - Difference Makers - will run on RealSaltLake.com. Features an article written by an RSL fan.

- Real Salt Lake Team Store Item of the Day: Jackets

Thursday, March 14

- Real Salt Lake will hold a "Scarf & Seek" with Good Things Utah. The RSL Prize Patrol will be out on the town giving away RSL scarves to fans. ABC4's Good Things Utah, Valley Fair Mall and ESPN 700 will all be participants. Keep your eye on all RSL social media outlets and Good Things Utah for clues to the scarf locations.

- RealSaltLake.com, the Real Salt Lake YouTube channel and KSL News Radio 1160 AM will host a live streaming interview with RSL GK Nick Rimando. Submit questions for Rimando on the Real Salt Lake Facebook page or on Twitter @RealSaltLake.

- RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman live interview on ESPN 700's "The Bill & Hans Show" at 4:40 p.m.

- The Sovereign Fan Feature - Difference Makers - will run on RealSaltLake.com. Features an article written by an RSL fan.

- Real Salt Lake Team Store Item of the Day: Kids' Apparel

Friday, March 15

- Leo's Kitchen on ABC4's "Good Things Utah"

- Open Training at Rio Tinto Stadium: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

o Team training will run from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

o Pep Rally with RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis from 12-1 p.m.

- Friday Friendly at the RSL Team Store from 4-7 p.m.

o "The Bill & Hans Show" live from 2-6 p.m., presented by Ford

o XBOX FIFA 13 Tournament

o Special On Frame live broadcast from 6-7 p.m. on ESPN700 and streaming live on the Real Salt Lake YouTube channel

o Royal Army Recruiting

o Music by DJ Sayo

o Raffles and Giveaways

o Snacks and treats provided by Levy Restaurants

- RSL MF Luis Gil live interview on ESPN 700's "The Bill & Hans Show" at 4:40 p.m.

Saturday, March 16

MATCH DAY: REAL SALT LAKE VS. COLORADO RAPIDS AT RIO TINTO STADIUM - KICK AT 4 P.M.

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