Xango Field in Lehi has been Real Salt Lake’s training home for the past four and a half years. That love-hate relationship tentatively came to an end on Saturday as the team practiced on the field for likely the final time.
The team loved that Xango was gracious enough to build RSL’s training field back in 2007, but nobody loved how far away it was from Rio Tinto Stadium and how windy it consistently was. Then there was the unnecessary crown on the field, something that still irks the coaching staff.
As the players walked off the field today, RSL captain Kyle Beckerman proudly let everyone know that he scored the last practice goal in Xango Field history.
Nobody knows who scored the first practice goal in Xango Field history, but it could’ve been Beckerman. He was traded to Real Salt Lake on July 16, 2007, and Xango Field officially opened two days later on July 18, 2007.
Weather permitting, RSL should begin practicing at America First Field in Sandy within a few weeks. It heads to Arizona on Monday for two more weeks of training.