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
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
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
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
Real Salt Lake just released a pretty cool infographic about the RSL-New York rivalry to get fans fired up for the home opener at Rio TInto Stadium this Saturday at 8 p.m.
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
Javier Morales’ 80th minute goal Saturday night amazingly was his first since scoring in Monterrey last April. He celebrated by taking off his jersey to reveal a birthday wish to his 1-year-old niece on his undershirt. It cost him a yellow card, and even though it may contribute to a suspension later in the year, with everything he’s endured in the past 11 months, it may have been … Continue reading
Real Salt Lake will set a franchise record for wins and points this year, but it still won’t be enough to catch the L.A. Galaxy for the Supporters’ Shield. That is, of course, according to an EA Sports simulation of FIFA Soccer 12. RSL will finish second in the West behind the Galaxy with a 19-4-11 record (68 points). L.A. will rack up a league-record 75 points with … Continue reading
ESPN700 sports radio debuts its new soccer-specific radio show “On Frame” tonight at 6 p.m. The weekly show will be from 6 to 8 each Monday night, and will be co-hosted by Spencer Warne, Brian Kamler and Brian Dunseth. Tonight’s debut show features interviews with L.A. Galaxy vice president Chris Klein and Real Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy.