Sandy, Utah, home of … the polygamists?

In case you didn’t see it this morning in advance of tonight’s US men’s national team match, Sam Borden of the New York Times wrote a piece about the USA’s revolving home stadium. It’s a well-known fact that USA soccer frequently plays for not-so-friendly crowds inside its own borders. It’s for that precise reason you won’t find USA World Cup qualifying matches in California, Arizona or Texas this … Continue reading»

A very rare event is about to happen here in Salt Lake City – the U.S. men’s national soccer team is going to play the only team that has defeated them in qualifying. The experience this morning at Rio Tinto was tight, controlled and fairly short – nothing more should be expected from a team in the midst of World Cup Qualifying. Occasionally, my friends and I play … Continue reading»

Olmes Garcia scored twice against the L.A. Galaxy last weekend in a 10-minute span. His heroics on the field earned him the MLS Player of the Week award. But I thought his celebration following the first of the two goals was deserving of an award of its own. Garcia ran toward the sidelines, singled out fellow latino teammate Joao Plata, and began his shimmy and shake with him, … Continue reading»

Olave out 4 to 6 weeks, Schuler still on the mend

It’s going to be a while before Real Salt Lake fans see Jamison Olave in uniform again. The RSL center back injured himself in the second half of Tuesday’s match in Costa Rica, and an MRI on Thursday revealed a pretty significant hamstring strain that will keep him out four to six weeks. Olave has been hampered by a calf strain the past two months, and it’s limited … Continue reading»

RSL sends another coach out the door

  Portland Timbers’ coach John Spencer was fired on Monday, just two days after his team was chopped down by Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium, 3-0. He’s the second coach in the past two years who coached his final game against Real Salt Lake. On July 31, 2010, RSL soundly trounced D.C. United 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium, and four days later coach Curt Onalfo was … Continue reading»

When Jamison Olave received Real Salt Lake’s second red card in the 69th minute of last weekend’s match at San Jose, it was pretty obvious Javier Morales’ night was done. Coach Jason Kreis needed to sacrifice a midfielder to insert Chris Schuler into the match, and with Morales playing for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury on April 4 against Montreal, it was counterproductive to have … Continue reading»

Big crowds haven’t always paid off for RSL

Following Real Salt Lake’s loss Saturday night to Chivas USA, my buddy Matt — a season-ticket holder since 2005 — couldn’t help but wonder why RSL struggles in front of big home crowds. In fact, Matt did a little research and discovered that since the opening of Rio Tinto Stadium in 2008, RSL’s record at home in front of 20,000-plus fans is just 3-4-2 over all competitions. For … Continue reading»

Dinner night with the Utes and Rimandos

The University of Utah soccer team is hosting “soccer celebration” next month in which Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando and his wife Jaqui — a former pro herself — will be the featured guests. “This has been a fantastic year for our team with a successful first season in the Pac-12,” head coach Rich Manning said. “We’re excited to have the ‘first couple of soccer’ in Utah to help … Continue reading»

Herculez Gomez torches Seattle in CCL

Herculez Gomez torched the Seattle Sounders defense on Wednesday night as Mexican club Santos Laguna cruised into the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 6-1 win over the Sounders. Gomez got his start with the San Diego Gauchos back in 2002, and I’ll never forget watching him play the Utah Blitzz on several occasions in the old USL days. He’s certainly come a long way since playing on … Continue reading»