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Real Salt Lake Weekly Update: Monday, May 19, 2008

May 19, 2008 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Real Salt Lake News Release

Real Salt Lake (2-4-2, 8 pts.) will tackle the middle game of its three-match road swing this Saturday, May 24, when Utah's side will take its lone trip of the season to Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, to square off against FC Dallas (2-3-3, 9 pts.) for the second time in as many weeks. Saturday's kick-off from the Lone Star State is slated for 6:30 p.m. MT, with the match airing live on KSL-TV 5 throughout and to be followed by a 30-minute post-game show. Fans can also follow the action live on KALL 700 Sports (English) and Ke Buena 1600 AM (Spanish), with KALL 700 Sports' coverage beginning with RSL First Kick at 5:30 p.m. and continuing with RSL Extra Time at 8:45 p.m.

While Real Salt Lake trails 3-8-1 in its overall series against FC Dallas, it was RSL that struck first in this year's three-game season series on May 10, courtesy of its 2-1 victory at Rice-Eccles Stadium. But the scene in "Big D" has been a different story, with Real Salt Lake dropping all five of its previous road contests against the "Hoops," the last four of which took place at Pizza Hut Park. However, if history is any indication the game will go down to the wire, as eight of the last nine meetings have been determined by one goal, with the other match resulting in a draw.

Real Salt Lake Schedule: May 20-28, 2008 (all times MDT)

All RSL practices are open to members of the media and the general public, with media availability for all players and coaches to immediately follow each session. Those planning on attending any session can confirm the time and location of that day's training by contacting the RSL Communications Department at 801-924-8584.

Tuesday, May 20: Training at XanGo Field in Lehi - 9:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21: Off Day Thursday, May 22: Training at XanGo Field in Lehi - 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 23: Training at XanGo Field in Lehi - 9:00 a.m.; Depart for Dallas Saturday, May 24: Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas - Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX - 6:30 p.m. MT - LIVE on KSL-TV 5, KALL 700 Sports (RSL First Kick at 5:30 p.m.), and Ke Buena 1600 AM

Sunday, May 25: Depart for Columbus; Off Day Monday, May 26: Training at Crew Training Center in Obetz, OH - 1:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, May 27: USOC Play-In Game: Real Salt Lake at Columbus Crew - Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH - 5:30 p.m. MT - LIVE on KALL 700 Sports (RSL First Kick @ 4:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 28: Return to Salt Lake City; Off Day

Real Salt Lake in the Community: Monday, May 19, 2008

Who: DF Nik Besagno, MF Kenny Cutler and assistant coach Brian Johnson

When: Monday, May 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. MT

Where: Marv Jensen Fitness & Recreation Center, 10300 S. Redwood Road in South Jordan, UT

What: Three original members of Real Salt Lake - Nik Besagno, Kenny Cutler, and Brian Johnson - will head to South Jordan to take part in a Salt Lake County Soccer Clinic and sign autographs from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Marv Jensen Recreation Center.

Who: MF Brennan Tennelle

When: Monday, May 19, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. MT

Where: Orem Costco; 648 E. 800 South in Orem, UT

What: The Real Sports Autograph Series takes to the road once again this evening, with rookie MF Brennan Tennelle signing for fans from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Costco location in Orem - which will also play host to Tuesday's night's KALL 700 Sports RSL Coach's Corner. Real Sports will also be on hand with official RSL/adidas gear for purchase during the appearance, including mini-balls ($10) and size 3, 4 & 5 balls ($20), with $5 from each ball purchased going to Primary Children's Hospital.

Chris Wingert Joins KALL 700 Sports RSL Coach's Corner Tuesday Live from Orem Costco

The KALL 700 Sports RSL Coach's Corner is making good on its promise to head to Utah County tomorrow evening, when the voice of RSL, Bill Riley, will be joined by head coach Jason Kreis and defender Chris Wingert at the Costco location in Orem (648 E. 800 South) from 6:00-7:00 p.m. MT. Fans are invited to head over to Costco to ask their questions to the RSL contingent in person and take advantage of Real Sports' month-long fundraiser for Primary Children's Hospital, with $5 from every purchase of an RSL mini-ball or size 3, 4, or 5 soccer ball being donated to the hospital.

Beltran & Seitz Named to U.S. U-23 Squad for Toulon International Tournament

Real Salt Lake D/M Tony Beltran and GK Chris Seitz joined their U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team cohorts in France last Friday, giving the 22-man roster its full complement of players heading into this week's opening contests in the Toulon International Tournament, taking place from May 21-29. The Stars-and-Stripes will start off play in the prestigious tournament this Wednesday, May 21, against Turkey (7:30 a.m. MT) before taking on the Ivory Coast on Friday (10:30 a.m. MT) and wrapping up Group B play on Sunday against Italy (10:00 a.m. MT), with coverage of each contest broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. The top two finishers in both groups will move on to the tourney's semifinal round on Tuesday, May 27, with the final set for next Thursday, May 29. The 21-year-old Seitz has been a stalwart between the posts for the U-23's since the squad began gathering last fall in preparation for Olympic qualifying, while Beltran will be getting his first look with the U-23's after starting all five contests for the USA at last summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

Seitz Named to U.S. Senior MNT Player Pool for Upcoming Friendlies

The U-23's might not be the only U.S. squad in the running for the services of GK Chris Seitz, who was also named to the 33-man player pool that will be available for the U.S. Men's National Team's trio of upcoming international friendlies across the next three weeks. Seitz is one of five netminders available to U.S. head coach Bob Bradley for the three-game slate, which features matches against three world-class teams - England, Spain, and Argentina. All three of the USA's World Cup qualifying tune-up matches will be broadcast on the ESPN and Univision networks, and fans can follow each game live on's MatchTracker.

The friendly schedule kicks off with a trip to famed Wembley Stadium for a clash with England on Wednesday, May 28, that will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic at 1:00 p.m. MT and tape delay on Galavision at 5:00 p.m. MT. The U.S. will then face fourth-ranked Spain a week later on Wednesday, June 4, at the Estadio El Sardinero in Santander, the match being shown live exclusively on, and broadcast via tape delay on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. MT and Galavision at 5:00 p.m. MT. The U.S. will head back across the Atlantic to face top-ranked Argentina on Sunday, June 8, at 5:30 p.m. MT in New Jersey. More than 46,000 tickets (buy tickets) have been sold for the USA's final match at Giants Stadium, which will be Presented by Visa®. The USA's final match before the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision.

Real Sports This Week: 2008 Home Jersey Featured as Item of the Week

It's another 12 days until Real Salt Lake returns to its Rice-Eccles Stadium home, which means it's a perfect time to get ready for the team's return by picking up the Real Sports' Item of the Week - the 2008 RSL adidas home jersey, available this week for the sale price of $55 at all three Real Sports kiosk locations: Fashion Place Mall (6161 S. State St. in Murray), Valley Fair Mall (3601 S. 2700 West in West Valley City), and Provo Towne Centre (1200 Town Centre Blvd. in Provo).

Real Sports is also continuing this month's charitable drive for Primary Children's Hospital, with every Real Salt Lake mini ($10) and size 3, 4, & 5 soccer ball ($20) sold through the end of May resulting in a $5 donation to the hospital. The full list of specials and a calendar of events listed below:

The Real Sports Autograph Series will take to the road tonight courtesy of their friends at Costco, whose Orem location (648 E. 800 South) will host MF Brennan Tennelle from 6:00-7:00 p.m. MT. The road show then moves on to the Sandy Costco (11100 S. Auto Mall Drive) this Wednesday, May 21, when DF Dustin Kirby will take his turn at the autograph table, also from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The fine folks at the Costco in Orem will also host Real Sports and KALL 700 Sports on Tuesday, May 20, with the Utah County locale hosting live, back-to-back remotes of "The Bill Riley Show" (3:00-6:00 p.m. MT) and "RSL Coach's Corner" (6:00-7:00 p.m.) tomorrow afternoon. Fans are also reminded that they can pick up tickets to all of Real Salt Lake's 2008 contests at the three Real Sports kiosks, including RSL's upcoming home contest on Saturday, May 31, against the San Jose Earthquakes.

RSL Featuring Pair of Ticket Promo Packs for May 31 Homecoming v. San Jose

Real Salt Lake invites fans to take advantage of one of the following ticket packages being made available for the squad's next home contest at Rice-Eccles Stadium, taking place next Saturday, May 31, against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Landis Salon Pack: Did you forget Mother's Day? In the doghouse with your lady? Well the Landis Salon Pack is the gift that will keep everyone happy, featuring seats to the RSL-Earthquakes contest and a gift certificate to the renowned Landis Salon in Salt Lake City. The special offer is available in two pricing levels - two (2) Premium section tickets and a $25 Landis Salon gift certificate for $50 (a $31 savings) or four (4) Premium section tickets and a $50 Landis Salon gift certificate for just $80 (an $82 savings!). Fox Soccer Channel Pack: Real Salt Lake will be making its 2008 Fox Soccer Channel debut for its contest versus the Earthquakes, and fans can join in the excitement by purchasing the Fox Soccer Channel pack, featuring four (4) Premium level seats and four (4) Fox Soccer Channel hats for just $80 (a $32 savings). As part of that night's festivities, Fox Soccer Channel invites fans to "get in the game" early by heading to the Carnival Real plaza for FSC's live half-hour pre-game studio show.

RSL Rewind: Quest for Rocky Mountain Cup Repeat Hits Snag in 2-0 Loss at Rapids

Real Salt Lake saw its chance to sit atop the Western Conference standings slip away in the second half last Thursday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, as the Colorado Rapids struck twice after the halftime break to post a 2-0 victory in the first of three meetings in this year's Rocky Mountain Cup series. Rapids FW Omar Cummings finished off a well-placed cross from MF Colin Clark to start the scoring in the 65th minute, while a penalty kick conversion by MF Christian Gomez all but sealed RSL's fate in the 83rd minute.

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