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RSL navigates tricky July before well-traveled August

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 10:16pm

Real Salt Lake navigated July to a 4-1-1 record in all competitions, a pair of wins in the U.S. Open Cup to send RSL to its second semifinal in three years, and a three-point grasp of the playoff line in the ultra competitive Western Conference.

Morales, Plata keep scoring in RSL's first back-to-back league wins since April

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 11:20pm

Javier Morales and Joao Plata each scored a goal for the second-straight match to help Real Salt Lake beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 in front of 20,809 fans on Pioneer Day at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Morales, Plata score; Real Salt Lake beats Sporting KC 2-1

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 11:10pm

Javier Morales scored in the first half, Joao Plata had a go-ahead penalty kick goal in the 73rd minute and Real Salt Lake beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Friday night.

Familiar foes RSL, KC meet again in annual Pioneer Day match

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 4:48pm

For Friday's annual Pioneer Day match that kicks off at 9 p.m., Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City — two clubs separated by the heart of the Midwest's "flyover country" — don't need much introduction.

RSL's Allen, Glad named to Landon Donovan's homegrown roster

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 20th - 4:11pm

RSL utility player Jordan Allen and versatile defender Justen Glad were two of 22 players selected to the gameday roster for the MLS Homegrown Game, coach Landon Donovan announced Monday.

Teamwork, 2-game win streak has RSL believing again

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 19th - 9:01pm

If a 3-1 stoppage-time loss at the rival Colorado Rapids wasn't the low point of Real Salt Lake's season thus far, it wasn't far off. But out of tragedy has come a rebirth for the Salt Lake side.

Morales magic, Plata performance lead RSL to crucial 2-0 home win over Houston

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 18th - 11:57pm

With head coach Jeff Cassar up in the booth and leading striker Sebastian Jaime suspended, Javier Morales and Joao Plata each had a goal and an assist to lead Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo in front of 20,174 fans on Saturday.

Dempsey's 3 goals lift US over Cuba 6-0, into Gold Cup semis

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 18th - 9:40pm

Clint Dempsey walked away with the game ball for one of the few times in his career. With his first international hat trick, he boosted the United States to a 6-0 rout over Cuba on Saturday and into its eighth straight CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal.

With whirlwind trade over, new RSL man Luis Silva 'ready to support the guys'

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 18th - 9:16pm

Luis Silva arrived at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday just two days after being traded to RSL for Alvaro Saborio, still living out of a hotel and finishing up business in the nation's capital. But he's excited to be in his new home.

RSL's Beltran joins GK Rimando on MLS All-Star roster

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 18th - 5:09pm

Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran was named to the MLS All-Star gameday roster Saturday afternoon, joining goalkeeper Nick Rimando for the league event that will be played July 29 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

New staff, conference alignment with Houston Dynamo on trip to Salt Lake City

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 17th - 6:49pm

Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo know each other well, but this year's Texas team in orange may look a little different when it travels to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.

Saborio departure 'shocking,' 'hard' for RSL teammates

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 16th - 8:07pm

Luis Gil took the surprising trade of Alvaro Saborio hard upon learning the Costa Rican striker had been traded to D.C. United in exchange for Luis Silva. It wasn't any easier for the RSL technical staff.

MLS players ratify 5-year labor contract through 2019

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 16th - 5:50pm

Major League Soccer players have ratified their five-year collective bargaining agreement that runs through the 2019 season.

RSL trades all-time leading scorer Saborio to DC United

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 16th - 10:59am

Real Salt Lake striker Alvaro Saborio was traded to D.C. United early Thursday morning in exchange for midfielder Luis Silva, the Eastern Conference-leading club announced via news release.

Sundly's second-half brace helps Real Monarchs rally by BYU, 3-2

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 15th - 11:20pm

Alec Sundly scored two second-half goals to help the Monarchs rally for a 3-2 win over BYU in an interleague friendly to celebrate the Cougars' senior night at South Field.

Youth, former backups lead RSL to second Open Cup semifinal in three years

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 15th - 3:54pm

Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Maund started the season with a restructured contract, barely cracking the four-deep depth chart behind Chris Schuler, Jamison Olave and Elias Vasquez. On Tuesday night, he was the man of the hour in the U.S. Open Cup.

Maund's header leads RSL past LA, into Open Cup semifinals

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 14th - 11:43pm

Aaron Maund's first career goal gave RSL all the scoring it would need to hold off the star-studded Galaxy 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night.

RSL faces quick turnaround to prep for Gerrard, Galaxy in Open Cup

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 13th - 3:38pm

Real Salt Lake's Luke Mulholland knows what a world-class player Steven Gerrard can be, and that makes playing against him and the L.A. Galaxy in Tuesday's Open Cup quarterfinal "very surreal."

Late collapse at Colorado 'unacceptable' for Cassar, RSL

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 13th - 8:22am

RSL head coach Jeff Cassar said his team's stoppage-time 3-1 loss at rival Colorado was one of the worst of the season, adding that the result was simply "unacceptable" on the weekend.

Happy to be in Texas, former RSL assistant fondly remembers SLC

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Jul 12th - 11:24am

Austin Aztex coach Paul Dalglish felt a little nostalgia as he walked into Rio Tinto Stadium before his team's USL match with Real Monarchs SLC — and for good reason.