Press releaseSANDY, -- Real Salt Lake has announced that the Utah side will begin its second consecutive trip to the MLS Cup Playoffs this Saturday, October 31, when the Claret-and-Cobalt will host the defending MLS Cup Champion Columbus Crew in Leg One of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series.
Pre-game festivities and build-up to kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy will begin at 4:00 p.m. MT, which is also when live coverage on KUTV 2.2 Digital will begin with the America First Credit Union Pre-Match Report. Fans can also tune into KACP 570-AM (coverage begins with America First Credit Union Pre-Match Report at 3:00 p.m.) and ESPN Deportes 1600-AM to hear all the action live.
Tickets for RSL's return to postseason play are available now and can be purchased over the phone at (801) 727-2700 or -2702, online at www.RioTintoStadium.com, or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Individual tickets to the home playoff match begin at just $15 per seat, while groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets at various discounted rates.
Real Salt Lake 2009 Season Ticket holders will have exclusive access to their current seating location until close-of-business on Wednesday; however, they can enjoy access to special season-ticket holder pricing until the day of the game. Season ticket holders can purchase an unlimited amount of playoff seats at the individual game rate.
Following Saturday's first leg, the two squads will head to the Buckeye State next Thursday, Nov. 5, to square off in Leg Two of the semifinal series, slated for a 5:30 p.m. MT start (live on ESPN2) at Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio's capital city.
If the home-and-home series between Real Salt Lake and Columbus follows the script from their two regular season meetings in 2009, fans can expect an entertaining Eastern Conference Semifinal Series over the next two weeks. The two sides met in Real Salt Lake's home opener back on April 2, when FW Robbie Findley's historic hat trick - the first in regular season play for an RSL player - spurred the Utahns on to a 4-1 triumph. The Crew would get their revenge on July 18, as the defending champs scored three unanswered before the hour mark to post a 3-1 victory at Crew Stadium.
Real Salt Lake Schedule: Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2009 (all times MT unless noted)
Real Salt Lake's full event schedule for Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2009, is listed below. All RSL practices are open to members of the media and the general public unless otherwise noted, with media availability for all players and coaches to immediately follow each session. Those planning on attending any session can confirm the time and location of that day's training by calling 801-918-5050.
Monday, Oct. 26: Off Day
Tuesday, Oct. 27: Training at XanGo Field in Lehi - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28: Training at XanGo Field - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29: Training at XanGo Field - 11:00 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 30: Training at Rio Tinto Stadium - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31: 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semifinal Series, Leg One: Real Salt Lake v. Columbus Crew
- Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah - 4:00 p.m. MT kickoff
- TV: KUTV 2.2 Digital (Comcast 111)
- Radio: KACP 570-AM & ESPN Deportes 1600-AM
Sunday, Nov. 1: Off Day
(Courtesy of Real Salt Lake)