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Real Salt Lake to recognize Salt Lake City School District personnel

September 2, 2005 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Real Salt Lake News Release

SALT LAKE CITY (Friday, September 2, 2005) - Real Salt Lake and the Salt Lake City School District continue its "Welcome Back to School!" partnership by honoring six volunteers, one teacher and one business as part of the RSL-New England Revolution pre game on Saturday, September 3. RSL is expecting thousands of Salt Lake City school children, teachers, administrators and families to attend Saturday's game. Tickets are being provided for the School District by multiple RSL sponsors, including SuperCuts, Stevens-Henager College and Dick's Sporting Goods.

As part of the unprecedented partnership between sports and education, RSL players last week visited all 31 Salt Lake City Schools to welcome students back for the first day of the 2005-06 school year. In addition to the eight individuals noted below, game festivities will feature elementary, middle school and high school students participating in pre-game, halftime and post-game activities.

Wendy Weixler: School Volunteer of the Year - Weixler volunteers in numerous ways with the Parent Teachers Association, the annual school musical and the History Fair at Bryant Middle School.

Nicole Gummersall: Middle School Youth Volunteer of the Year - Gummersall is a person who volunteers her time to make good things happen with sing-ins and socials for students. She helps at a local retirement center, Parklane, with crafts and games.

Christina Cole: Newcomer Volunteer of the Year - Cole began her first year as a school volunteer last year and aided students at Escalante Elementary in a nature study project that earned them the prestigious National Geographic award.

Don Willie: High School Youth Volunteer of the Year - Willie finds his most rewarding moments when helping Special Needs students who are mentally or developmentally challenged. He is also the recipient of the 2005 Utah Commission on Volunteers Youth Service Award.

Fatima Shanyallow: Elementary School Youth Volunteer of the Year - Shaneyallow is a great role model and a great friend who has the trust and respect of the students at Riley Elementary.

Barbara Lovejoy: Teacher Volunteer of the Year - Lovejoy is relentless in pursuit of acquiring resources to better meet the needs of all students. She recruited 50 volunteers from the community and provided them training in the I Can Read program so they could tutor students one on one.

Salt Lake Rotary Club: Exemplary Business Partner of the Year - The Rotary Club has been a dedicated partner at Franklin Elementary for many years. This past year alone, they provided over 1,800 hours of service which has increased student self esteem, student learning and student achievement.

Michelle Condie: Teacher of the Year, Emerson Elementary

MCNICOL PROMOTED TO RSL'S DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS: Real Salt Lake announced today that Stacy McNicol has been promoted to Director of Business Operations effective immediately. As Director of Business Operations, McNicol will oversee RSL's entire human resource department, internship program, staff development, coordinate exhibition games and an assistant to the general manager.

"It's an amazing opportunity for me and it is an area where I believe I can be an asset to the Real Salt Lake organization," McNicol said. "I look forward to helping the front office of Real Salt Lake meet its full potential and thank Steve Pastorino for providing me with this opportunity."

McNicol joined RSL on Nov. 17, 2004 after spending five years as a co-owner and Director of Operations for the USL Division Two Utah Blitzz Men's Professional Soccer Team. Prior to the Utah Blitzz, McNicol worked for Salt Lake Regional Medical Center for 12 years. She has an extensive history in the sport of soccer in the state of Utah, adding nearly 30 years of knowledge and involvement to Real Salt Lake.

McNicol assists the General Manager with human resource and office management responsibilities. She earned an associates degree from Weber State University in Health Science. McNicol currently lives in Centerville, Utah and has three sons, BJ, Ian and Aaron.

SOCCER COMMUNITY JOINS TOGETHER TO SUPPORT HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF: To assist in the efforts to support the victims of one of the most devastating natural disasters ever in our country, Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer are rallying the soccer community to join together to raise funds for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. This weekend, Real Salt Lake and MLS players, as well as members of the U.S. National Team and Mexican National team, will contribute signed game-worn jerseys from the matches played on Saturday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 4. RSL players selected are:

Position Players

FW Jason Kreis

MF Andy Williams

MF Clint Mathis

MF Brian Kamler

DF Brian Dunseth

DF Eddie Pope

These jerseys will be auctioned online on with 100 percent of the proceeds going to programs to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

USMNT-MEXICO GAME TO BE TELEVISED ON THE JUMBOTRON ON SATURDAY: Soccer fans across the Wasatch Front are invited to view the U.S. Men's National Team take on Mexico in a clutch World Cup Qualifying match live from Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on ESPN Classic at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the jumbotron at 5:30 p.m. MT with Carnival Real opening shortly thereafter at 6:00 p.m. MT.

BESAGNO WITH U-17 USMNT AT THE IMG ACADEMY: RSL MF Nikolas Besagno continues preparation with the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. for the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Championship, which will take place starting Tuesday, Sept. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 2 in Peru. The U.S. opens the FIFA U-17 World Championship against North Korea (Korea DPR) on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1:00 p.m. MT, before facing Italy on Tuesday, Sept. 20 (2:30 p.m. MT) and concludes group play on Friday, Sept. 23 (2:30 p.m. MT) against Ivory Coast. The U.S. will play their first two group matches against North Korea and Italy at Elias Aguirre Stadium in Chiclayo, before moving to Lima to face Ivory Coast at Nacional Stadium in their third and final group match. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.

Day Date Matchup Time (MT) TV

Sat. Sept. 17 North Korea 1 p.m.* FSC

Tues. Sept. 20 Italy 2:30 p.m. FSC

Fri. Sept. 23 Ivory Coast 2:30 p.m. FSC

*Tape Delayed

NOLLY CELEBRATES WAL-MART GRAND OPENING IN TAYLORSVILLE ON SATURDAY: Real Salt Lake GK Jay Nolly will be on hand to welcome customers to the Wal-Mart Grand Opening in Taylorsville on Saturday, September 3 at 10:00 a.m. MT. Customers and RSL fans are invited to get to meet the two-time NCAA College Cup Champion who will be signing autographs at the Sierra Mist display. The store is located at 5600 South Redwood Road in Taylorsville.

REAL SALT LAKE RESERVES TO FACE THE NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION IN PARK CITY: Real Salt Lake reserves (2-5-1, 4 pts.) will face the New England Revolution reserves (4-2-1, 13 pts.) on Sunday, September 4 at 10:00 a.m. MT at Trailside Park in Park City, Utah. RSL picked up its second reserve league win of the season in a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquake reserves (4-2-2, 15 pts.) on August 21.

San Jose tested RSL goalkeeper D.J. Countess early in the first half, scoring in the 6th minute when DF Noah Merl played a through ball into the center for FW Julian Nash who slotted a left-footed shot to the right of Countess.

Just 25 minutes later, MF Adolfo Gregorio started a series of one-touch passes, connecting with FW Jamie Watson, who slipped the ball to MF Clint Mathis. Mathis then found FW Dante Washington on a give-and-go as Mathis, the 2002 U.S. World Cup star, rocked a shot past Earthquakes ‘keeper Jon Conway in the 31st minute ending the first half 1-1.

RSL began the second half with a flurry of substitions to add to its push for its second win of the season. Both teams battled for possession and for the game winning goal throughout the second half with the final goal coming in stoppage time. DF Seth Trembly gave a ball to Watson, who dribbled down the left side of the box, juked Conway and then dished the ball to FW Adam Acosta, who tallied what proved to be RSL's game-winning goal.

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