Injuries and jersey sponsors

There are injuries abound for Real Salt Lake this week, some major and some minor. Javier Morales (groin) and Fabian Espindola (hamstring) only participated in about half of Tuesday’s practice before heading out for some treatment. Carey Talley (quad) and Ian Joy (ankle) didn’t participate at all, whereas Alex Nimo (unknown) and Nathan Sturgis (hamstring) were limited to just jogging around the field.

I asked Ian Joy after practice how his ankle bone spur was doing, and he said miserable. Afterward coach Jason Kreis admitted the team is very concerned about Joy’s short-term and long-term future.


We’re still awaiting word from the league on the severity of Jason Kreis’ fine for his comments in Tuesday’s Deseret News about officiating. It’s hard to imagine he’d be suspended for one game like former coach John Ellinger was in 2006 for his critical post-game comments about officiating.


Some of you may have noticed that Volkswagon signed on with MLS as a corporate sponsor. It will also be the official jersey sponsor of D.C. United. I knew something had be in the works with D.C. United because it just seemed weird that the club ditched the three stripes across its jerseys this season. Obviously they were thinking ahead.

Here’s an updated on MLS jersey sponsors:

Eastern Conference
D.C. United (Volkswagon)
New York (Red Bull)
Chicago (Best Buy)
Toronto (BMO)
Columbus (Glidden)
New England (none)
Kansas City (none)

Western Conference
L.A. Galaxy (Herbalife)
Chivas USA (Comex)
Real Salt Lake (Xango)
Houston (Amigo Energy)
Colorado (none)
FC Dallas (none)
San Jose (none)

Looking ahead, who will Seattle ink as its jersey sponsor next year: Starbucks, Nintendo, Boeing, Microsoft?

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