Rousing the troops

Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey gave a very spirited speech on Tuesday during RSL’s media luncheon. He urged fans to come out in droves to Saturday’s Western Conference final, and encouraged everyone to wear red.

“In this crucial moment, in this vital game, we need the support of our fans. If you’ve bought an RSL ticket in the last four years, if you’ve ever loved RSL, brought your kids to one of our games, please bring them this Saturday night at 7:30 to Rio Tinto Stadium. If you’ve supported this team, if you’ve suffered with this team. If you’ve cursed this team out, but ultimately believed in this team over the last four years, this is our time. If you’ve doubted in Colorado, if you’ve clung to the seat of your chair in the last minutes against Chivas, this is our time. We can win this game together as a community. This is our chance to bring a championship, the very first professional sports championship ever to the Salt Lake valley and into this community. This is a game where our fans can make a difference. If our fans show up and we sell-out this stadium, they can be the tipping point. They can be the influencer in what’s going to be a very tight game. When the matadors go to fight bulls in spain they bring with them a red cape. We invite our fans to join our red rally, come dressed in red, head to toe if you’d like. Where RSL red to Rio Tinto on Saturday night. And let’s create a seething caldron of noise and a monocramatic sea of red support for our team.”

What are your thoughts on his speech?

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Also, I caught up with RSL owner Dave Checketts on the telephone on Wednesday afternoon for a story in Thursday’s Deseret News. He said he was in town for his annual dinner with the team and their families. Traditionally the dinner has been at Checketts’ house, and traditionally it’s also been a season-ending dinner. Wednesday’s festivities, however, were at Rio Tinto Stadium and they wer anything but a swan song. Checketts said he was looking forward to meeting all of the players and congratulating them on a job well done so far in the playoffs, and spurring them on for this Saturday’s match against New York.

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