Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake ( RSL) is an American football franchise of the Major League Soccer from Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The franchise was founded in 2004 and participated in the 2005 season on the game mode. The team colors are red, cobalt and gold. The team won the 2009 MLS Cup final against Los Angeles Galaxy.

The name comes from the Real Spanish language and means " royal ". In football, there are many clubs, especially in Spain, flying the real name in the name (for example, Real Madrid, Real Zaragoza, etc. ), with whose name dates back to each a royal name privilege.

Team owner Dave Checketts wanted his club works closely with a successful European football club and a brand name gets, which is clearly associated with the sport of football. On the part of fans of the name was met with skepticism. In many cases, it was indicated that the team should have a name, the more likely the Salt Lake City region reflected. Ironically, the name of the NBA team Utah has not much to do with jazz in the region.

  • 5.1 Current Senior Squad
  • 5.2 Existing Players
  • 5.3 Coaching staff
  • 5.4 Existing trainer
  • 7.1 record this season
  • 7.2 Club Records
  • 7.3 Visitors section


In the first season it managed the team not to qualify for the play-offs. Salt Lake stood at the end of the season in 5th place in the Western Conference. Until the 2007 season, the team managed not go beyond the last or next to last place in his Conference.

In September 2006, RSL and Real Madrid signed a dated ten-year cooperation agreement. Essence of the contract is the construction of a youth boarding school for 25 million U.S. dollars in Salt Lake City, where up to 200 young people live and work. In addition, Real Madrid will met every two years for a friendly game to Salt Lake City. Conversely, RSL will prepare each year in February at the training ground of Real Madrid to the MLS season.

In November 2006, the franchise signed a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with the company " XanGo ". RSL was from the 2007 season, the first MLS team that has a shirt sponsor. In December 2006, RSL made ​​with the obligation of the largest American football talent Freddy Adu of DC United headlines. However, this changed for two million U.S. dollars to Benfica in the summer of 2007.

Since May 2007, coach Jason Kreis of Real Salt Lake. The former player of the club took over the team of John Ellinger.

After Salt Lake in 2008 reached the semifinals of the playoffs, the team made ​​it to the finals in 2009 and won on November 22, 2009 MLS Cup and thus the championship. Opponent was the Los Angeles Galaxy. Real Salt Lake is also qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League 2010 /2011.

On June 4, 2010 during a press conference of the President of the United States, Barack Obama honored the White House Real Salt Lake with the fact that he put on a jersey of the team with his name and the number 10 at the end of the press conference.

On April 6, Real reached the final of the CONCACAF Champions League 2010/11. In the semifinals, Deportivo Saprissa was beaten 3-2 by return game. In the final, the team met to CF Monterrey of Mexico, after a 2-2 draw in the first leg, Real lost the return leg 0-1 and had to settle for 2nd place.

Crest and colors

The official team colors of the franchise and are claret red, cobalt blue and gold Real.


  • Rice - Eccles Stadium; Salt Lake City, Utah (2005-2008)
  • Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah ( 2008 -)

Even in the first year of the franchise plans were made for a soccer -specific stadium and approved by the local authorities. However, the financing of this project proved to be difficult. Opponents of stadium construction were of the opinion that one should not use millions of tax dollars for a stadium that would possibly not expect. Team owner Checketts explained that he would like to keep the team in Salt Lake City, but put an ultimatum and threatened to move the team.

In the meantime, delegations, from Rochester and St. Louis their interest in the franchise. On the last day of the ultimatum but a financing plan was adopted but still. In August 2006, the teams of Real Salt Lake and Real Madrid began laying the foundation stone of the stadium in the presence.

Until the opening on 9 October 2008, the team played at Rice - Eccles Stadium, located on the campus of the University of Utah.


Fan groups

RSL currently has five fan: The Loyalists FCB ( Frank Castle Brigade ), RCB ( Rogue Cavaliers Brigade ), Section 26 and La Barra Real.


After RSL was recorded in 2005 in the Major League Soccer, there were in the Rockies now two MLS franchises. The fans of RSL and the Colorado Rapids created then the "Rocky Mountain Cup " to maintain the rivalry and expand. Winner of the "Rocky Mountain Cup" is the team that wins the direct comparison during the regular season. Real Salt Lake could this comparison so far three times ( 2007, 2008 and 2009) to decide for themselves.

In addition to the Colorado Rapids to a certain rivalry with CD Chivas USA has developed. Both teams were included in the MLS in 2005.


Leo the Lion is the official mascot of the team.


Since November 17, 2006 is the XanGo LLC, an internationally operating network marketing company, jersey sponsor of the franchises. The rights for the stadium name were sold in 2008 to the Rio Tinto Group.

Among the "Founding Partners" include the Company America First Credit Union, Anheuser -Busch, Kentucky Fried Chicken, SportsMed Utah, Mountain America Credit Union and Zions Bank.

Players and staff

Current Senior Squad

As of July 25, 2013

Existing players

Coaching staff

As of November 1, 2012

  • United States Jason Kreis ( Trainer)
  • United States Jeff Cassar (assistant coach )
  • United States Miles Joseph (assistant coach )
  • United States C. J. Brown (assistant coach )
  • United States Dan Barlow ( Fitness Trainer)

Previous coach

  • United States John Ellinger (2005-2007)
  • United States Jason Kreis (since 2007)


  • CONCACAF Champions League Finale ( 1): 2010-11
  • MLS Cup Winner ( 1): 2009
  • Finale ( 1): 2013
  • MLS Eastern Conference Winner (play- off ) (1): 2009
  • Further success Rocky Mountain Cup: (4) 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Carolina Challenge Cup (1 ) 2009


Record this season

Club Records

(Updated: December 14, 2010)

Visitors section

  • 2005: 18 037 / not qualified
  • 2006: 16,366 / not qualified
  • 2007: 15,960 / not qualified
  • 2008: 16,179 / 19,632
  • 2009: 16,375 / 11,499
  • 2010: 17,095 / 19,324
  • 2011: 17,594 / 17,067
  • 2012: 19 153 / 19 657