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League: Major League Soccer
Conference: Western Conference
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Location: Sandy, Utah
Notable Players: Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Albert Rusnak, Alvaro Saborio, Jefferson Savarino, Fabian Espindola
Real Salt Lake TicketsReal Salt Lake officially began playing in 2005 as the 12th team in MLS history. The name was chosen not only to invoke the rich soccer heritage of clubs like Real Madrid, but also to convey a sense of royalty and preeminence. After narrowly making the playoffs, Real Salt Lake won the 2009 MLS Cup with an intense 1-1 shootout win over a star-packed LA Galaxy squad, which featured Landon Donovan and David Beckham. Robbie Findley scored the equalizing goal for Salt Lake in the 64th minute, but it took seven rounds of penalty kicks to finally secure the victory. On the international stage, the club also finished as the runner-up of the 2011 Concacaf Champions League, losing 3-2 to Monterrey on aggregate score. Alvaro Saborio, who played for the club between 2010 and 2015, is Salt Lake’s all-time leading scorer with 63 goals in 127 appearances. To experience some of the most exciting soccer in the United States, purchase Real Salt Lake tickets at StubHub.
What are the top games for the upcoming season?Real Sale Lake opens up the 2020 MLS regular season with an away game against Orlando City SC on Feb. 29 and a home game against the New York Red Bulls on March 7. This is followed by home and away series against Sporting Kansas City on July 1 and March 28, Seattle on April 25 and May 31, Colorado on April 11 and Aug. 22 and the Los Angeles FC on April 18. The season concludes with a home game against Los Angeles on Oct. 4. Outside of MLS play, Real Salt Lake will compete in the 2020 US Open Cup. Thanks to its previous MLS finish, the club will receive a bye into the fourth round, which will take place on May 19 and 20. The random draw for the round will be conducted on April 24.
How did Real Salt Lake finish the last season?Real Salt Lake finished the 2019 regular season as the third seed in the Western Conference with 53 points and a record of 16 wins, 13 losses and 5 draws. Though it finished tied in points with Minnesota, the club earned the third spot based on tie-breakers. In the first round of the playoffs, Real Salt Lake beat the Portland Timbers by a score of 2-1. Jefferson Savarino scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute. However, the season concluded with a 2-0 loss to eventual champion Seattle Sounders in the conference semifinals.
Who is the team’s biggest rival?Real Salt Lake shares a rivalry with the Colorado Rapids. Their annual series matchup is known as the Rocky Mountain Cup. Among some of the memorable series moments, Real Salt Lake won the first match 1-0 on April 16, 2005, but Colorado went on to win the remaining three games of the season. Real Salt Lake also maintains a secondary rivalry against Sporting Kansas City.
Who is the club’s coach?Freddy Juarez took over as interim head coach on Aug. 11, 2019, after the dismissal of Mike Petke. Following a 10-year playing career in the United Soccer League with the El Paso Patriots and the Minnesota Thunder, Juarez joined Real Salt Lake as the academy head coach in 2010 and won the USSDA U-16 championship in 2012 with a roster of future RSL players. He was promoted to assistant coach with the main club in 2017.
How large is the team's home stadium?Rio Tinto Stadium, which opened in 2008, has a seating capacity of approximately 20,000, including 32 luxury suites. The venue features 12 permanent concessions and a full-service Stadium Club. Its Teflon-coated fiberglass roof was built to withstand hurricane-force winds.
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