Real Salt Lake acquires defender Paul Broome
SALT LAKE CITY (Wednesday, June 29, 2005) - Real Salt Lake General Manager Steve Pastorino and Head Coach John Ellinger today announced the acquisition of DF Paul Broome via trade with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Broome was acquired in exchange for a Second Round 2007 MLS SuperDraft pick, the pick acquired by RSL in March in a trade with CD Chivas USA in exchange for the rights to DF Douglas Sequeira. In order to make room on the team's senior roster for Broome, RSL waived DF Marlon Rojas Monday, who had appeared in seven of the team's 15 games this season.
"Paul Broome is a talented, experienced defender and somebody we'd hoped to get in the initial 2004 MLS Expansion Draft. But the opportunity presented itself for us to obtain him and we went for it," Ellinger said. "He adds great technical ability and pace, and our hope is that he can bring some additional stability and depth to our defense."
Broome is a natural left-sided player who added consistency to the Los Angeles Galaxy defense since his acquisition in July 2003. He played the first four-plus years of his career as a teammate of RSL captain Jason Kreis with the Dallas Burn before being traded to Los Angeles, and has played in 116 career games, making 87 starts.
"Paul is a fast and tenacious left-sided player who can step into the Real Salt Lake lineup immediately and contribute to our backline," Pastorino said.
The 30-year old Broome started in 20 games during the Galaxy's 2004 campaign, tied for the second-most in a single season in his career the last coming in the 2002 season when he was with the Dallas Burn. He split the 2003 season between the Galaxy and the Burn after being traded to Los Angeles on July 11, playing in 11 games and making 8 starts between the two teams. The Dallas native started in 64 games and played in 87 games for the Burn and made his MLS debut on March 20, playing the final 25 minutes against Kansas City.
"Paul is a tenacious defender and is quite good with his feet. He is one of the fastest if not the fastest player in the League," Kreis said. "He is an extremely competitive professional and should be exactly what our team needs right now."
RSL PLAYERS ON LOCAL RADIO: RSL DF Brian Dunseth and FW Dante Washington will be live on 97.1 ZHT on Thursday, June 30, at 8:00 a.m. MT. Finally, tune in to 1280 The Zone on Thursday, at 2:30 p.m. MT. with Ryan Hatch and David Fox on "Hatch and Hollywood" and get the latest insight on the team from an RSL player.
FIRST SUMMER SOCCER EXPLOSION ONE FIVE DAYS AND COUNTING: Real Salt Lake invites the Utah community to experience two fireworks extravaganzas when RSL faces the MetroStars on Independence Day, Monday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. MT and against the Western Conference leaders FC Dallas on Pioneer Day, Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. MT. Both nights will be filled with world-class soccer and Utah's most spectacular fireworks show. The July 4 fireworks show is presented by KSL 5 TV and Simmons Radio Group. Ticket prices for the fireworks extravaganzas are $14 for north goal, $18 for corner flag, $25 for premier east and $32 for VIP west, and can be purchased by visiting the Utah Ticket Office at 451 South 1400 East, logging onto www.utahtickets.com or by contacting the Rice-Eccles Ticket Office at (801) 581-UTIX. Groups of 20 or more should contact Real Salt Lake by calling (866) 9-SOCCER.
JOIN THE JUNIOR LOYALISTS: RSL invites local youth fans ages 14 and under to join the RSL Kids Club, known as the Chevron Junior Loyalists! The next replica giveaway will be on Saturday, August 13 where registered Jr. Loyalist members will receive FREE replica Real Salt Lake shorts! Kids 14 and under can sign-up to be a Jr. Loyalist at more than 90 participating Chevron locations along the Wasatch Front. The Kansas City Wizards game represents the third of five Junior Loyalist "build-a-uniform" dates, with the other RSL memorabilia nights as follows:
Saturday, Aug. 13 Replica socks / shinguards
Saturday, Sept. 3 RSL soccer ball
Saturday, Sept. 24 RSL uniform bag
Pick up a registration form at any of the more than 90 Wasatch Front Chevron locations!
VOTING FOR 2005 MLS ALL-STAR GAME NOW LIVE ON MLSNET.COM: Fans can now cast their votes for the MLS All-Stars who will take the field against English Premier League club Fulham FC in the 2005 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game. On July 30, "MLS All-Stars Take on the World" as Major League Soccer's best take on Fulham FC at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH in a game televised nationally on ABC Sports (1:30 p.m. MT). Fans can vote for the starting XI by filling out the online ballot on the League's official website www.MLSnet.com until Friday, July 8, 2005. Fans can vote for 11 starting players from a pool of 144 total candidates via the online ballot - one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards. A maximum of 10 ballots may be submitted per person per day and there are no limits on how many days fans can vote. The online fan balloting will comprise 25 percent of the total, with MLS coaches and GMs (25 percent), media (25 percent) and players (25 percent) accounting for the remainder.
GET YOUR FLEX ON WITH ONLY REMAINING SEASON TICKET OPTION: RSL's Flex Season Ticket Package is comprised of 20 vouchers in the same price category (North Goal, Corner Flag, Premium and VIP) that allows the purchaser to determine which games they would like to see in the regular season and how many tickets needed for that game. Prices for the 2005 Flex Package are $260 for the North Goal, $320 for the Corner Flag, $440 for the East Sideline and $560 for the VIP seats. Tickets can be redeemed in the following way: one could use all the vouchers and bring 20 people to one game or 4 people could attend five games. Flex vouchers are significantly discounted from day of game pricing, making it an even greater value. Vouchers can be redeemed in advance through the Real Salt Lake Front Office by mail or in person or on the day of the game at the Real Salt Lake Customer Service Window. Seating is best available per price category at the time of redemption.
SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE: Real Salt Lake single-game tickets for its inaugural 2005 season at Rice-Eccles Stadium continue to be on sale both online and at the University of Utah Ticket Office, located at the Stadium's south end. Individual game prices are $14 for north goal, $18 for corner flag, $25 for premier east and $32 for VIP west. Individual game tickets can be purchased by visiting the Utah Ticket Office at 451 South 1400 East, by logging onto www.utahtickets.com or by contacting the Ticket Office at (801) 581-UTIX. Fans are continued to be encouraged to purchase in advance.
ACCESS REAL: Real fans can now receive up-to-date information on the team by signing up for the RSL Weekly Newsletter on our website at http://real.saltlake.mlsnet.com/MLS/rsl/fans/.
REAL ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM: The Real Elite Training Program is a progressive summer training program for boys and girls ages 8-16 with previous playing experience and a strong desire to reach their maximum potential. There are a total of 20 sessions, three days a week and two hours per day. The benefits of the program include: exposure to the highest level of training; specializing in technique, tactic, fitness and teamwork; training from RSL soccer players and coaches; and adidas training shirts and ticket voucher to a select game. For more information, contact Teresa Nelson by phone at (801) 924-8565, by email at tnelson@RealSaltLake.com or by logging onto http://real.saltlake.mlsnet.com/MLS/rsl/player_development/.
MLS CAMPS: MLS Camps, the Official Camp and Clinic of Major League Soccer, has partnered with Real Salt Lake to provide Packaged Camps, Clinic & Training Services and Supply Opportunities to the Greater Utah Community. To host a Program in your community, call (800) 680-6272 or by logging onto www.MLScamps.com and register for a program near you.
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