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Archive for June 30th, 2018

Tonight’s Crew SC opponent, Real Salt Lake: MLS member since 2004

 

Real Salt Lake (RSL) is an American professional soccer franchise that competes as a member club of Major League Soccer (MLS) Western Conference. RSL began play in 2005 as an expansion team of the league. The club was founded in 2004 when the club’s first owner and founder was awarded an expansion berth in Major League Soccer.

The club plays its home games at Rio Tinto Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, since 2008. RSL initially played home games at Rice-Eccles Stadium, located on the campus of the University of Utah, from 2005–2007. The team is currently led by head coach Mike Petke.

In domestic soccer, Real Salt Lake won the 2009 MLS Cup and were runners-up in the 2013 MLS Cup, the Supporters Shield in 2010, and the 2013 edition of the U.S. Open Cup. The franchise regional success to date was in the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League, where RSL finished runners-up in the tournament becoming the first American club, since the CONCACAF Champions League format was introduced in 2008, to advance to the final stage of the tournament.

Name

The title Real (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal]) is a Spanish word that means ‘royal’ in English. The term is usually used by Spanish clubs who have received royal patronage from a reigning Spanish king, the most famous of which include Real MadridReal Betis and Real Sociedad. In choosing the name Real, owner Dave Checketts intended to create a brand name that would become well known for its simplicity, as well as an association with the world-famous club in Madrid that the club had been striving toward. One of the reasons for using Real was founder Dave Checketts‘ admiration for Real Madrid during his time as the general manager of the Utah Jazz National Basketball Association franchise. Checketts also found it encouraging that Real Madrid had a basketball team as well.

Local reaction to the new team’s name was initially met with mixed feelings. On top of that, some thought that the name sounded contrived, and did not truly reflect the Salt Lake area, with other team names such as “Highlanders”, “Salt Lake SC”, or “Union SLC” being more preferred. However, by at least 2014, reaction to the name had improved, with the team establishing its identity as a representative of Salt Lake.

Attendance by season

MLS season Regular season MLS playoffs
2005 18,935 DNQ
2006 16,366 DNQ
2007 15,960 DNQ
2008 16,179 17,364
2009 16,375 11,499
2010 17,095 19,324
2011 17,594 17,067
2012 19,153 19,657
2013 19,362 18,187
2014 20,351 20,713
2015 20,160 DNQ
2016 19,759 NHG
2017 18,781 DNQ

DNQ = Did not qualifyNHG = No home game during playoffs

Top 10 RSL home unbeaten streaks

Legend
In progress
  • Only regular-season matches played with Real Salt Lake in Utah counted towards records.
As of June 25, 2018
Home unbeaten run
Rank Games unbeaten Start date End date Record (W–D–L)
1 29 June 6, 2009 May 14, 2011 (20–9–0)
2 14 March 12, 2016 September 16, 2016 (8–6–0)
3 12 July 4, 2014 March 29, 2015 (9–3–0)
March 29, 2008 August 29, 2008 (7–5–0)
5 9 May 1, 2015 July 24, 2015 (4–5–0)
6 8 July 22, 2017 October 22, 2017 (5–3–0)
October 5, 2013 May 24, 2014 (4–4–0)
8 7 March 17, 2018 June 23, 2018 (6–1–0)
9 6 May 4, 2013 July 3, 2013 (4–2–0)
September 1, 2012 April 20, 2013 (4–2–0)
June 4, 2011 July 23, 2011 (4–2–0)
October 9, 2008 May 6, 2009 (4–2–0)

Retired numbers

No. Player Position Nation Tenure
9 Jason Kreis Forward United States United States 2005–2007

Head coaches

  • Includes MLS regular Season, MLS Playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
As of June 25, 2018

 

All Time Real Salt Lake Coaching Stats
Head Coach Tenure Games Win Loss Draw Win %
United States John Ellinger January 2005–May 3, 2007 71 16 39 16 33.8%
United States Jason Kreis May 3, 2007 – December 10, 2013 261 112 85 64 55.2%
United States Jeff Cassar December 18, 2013 – March 20, 2017 121 45 43 33 50.8%
United States Daryl Shore (interim) March 20, 2017 – April 3, 2017 2 0 1 1 0.0%
United States Mike Petke April 3, 2017–present 47 20 21 6 48.9%

 

INFORMATION WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

Crew SC back home tonight for match with Western Conference opponent Real Salt Lake, 7:30 pm

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC returns home to take on Real Salt Lake at MAPFRE Stadium, Saturday, June 30, for the lone regular-season meeting between the two clubs in 2018. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Alex Stec on the call. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Post-match coverage is set to follow exclusively on Spectrum Sports in Ohio. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online as well as host the Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone.

There will be post-match fireworks after the final whistle.

Crew SC is looking for a victory after a loss at Los Angeles Football Club last Saturday. After allowing two quick goals from LAFC, Crew SC defense buckled down to hold LAFC to just three shots on target. Despite the creation of promising attacks, Crew SC was unable to produce a goal.

Real Salt Lake saw their six-match home win streak end on Saturday in a draw against the San Jose Earthquakes. Real Salt Lake opened the scoring in the 54th minute only to get a response from San Jose just 10 minutes later. RSL had a chance to take home three points on the final play, but a header hit the bar on a bounce.

In their last meeting, Crew SC earned a 2-2 draw at Real Salt Lake thanks to a brace from forward Ola Kamara. Kamara slotted his first goal to the top of the net with an assist from midfielder Connor Maloney. RSL equalized on a penalty kick and, shortly after, scored a go-ahead goal but Kamara completed the draw with a rebound strike after a shot by Ethan Finlay.

Columbus is 8-1-1 at home against Real Salt Lake, with the only loss dating back to 2006. The last three matches have seen at least four goals combined between the two clubs. Columbus is 11-5-4 all time against Real Salt Lake.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Real Salt Lake

Saturday, June 30 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)

Regional Television: CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2
International Television: Abu Dhabi Sports (Abu Dhabi Sports), DSports (India), BeIN Sports (Australia, Asia)

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English) ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish). English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com.

 

 

Gritty, scrappy, fan-favorite Matt Calvert hoping CBJ re-signs him to new contract

PRESS CONFERENCE INTERVIEW

Matt Calvert Blue Jackets 2017-18 Season Wrapup Interview

 

Matt Calvert (megasportsnews.com)

Fan-favorite, Matt Calvert is the scrappy and grit of the Blue Jackets. Just 5’11, 186, he doesn’t mind being physical and calling out opponents to fight. And he has the knack to score key goals for the team over the years.

Calvert, a left winger, has been one of the longest tenured Blue Jackets at 8 years.

This past season, he scored 9 goals with 15 assists for 24 points while averaging 13:22 in icetime. He tied career-highs in assists and points this past season and led the team in short-handed goals. He became the 10th player to record 400 games played for the Blue Jackets on March 2 at Anaheim.

He too is another player about to become a free agent. He wants to stay with the team as well.

 

 

Veteran Mark Letestu loves Columbus and wants to be a part of the future

 

PRESS CONFERENCE INTERVIEW

Mark Letestu Blue Jackets 2017-18 Season Wrapup Interview

 

Mark Letestu (megasportsnews.com)

Mark Letestu was a very popular and productive Columbus Blue Jackets player when he played with the team from 2011-12 to 2014-15.

He then went to Edmonton and played there until the CBJ traded for him during this past trade deadline. On February 25, 2018, Letestu was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Pontus Aberg. Later that day, Letestu was flipped back to the Blue Jackets in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round pick.

During his 20-game return to Columbus, Letestu averaged 12:09 in ice time; scored a goal in his first game back with the team on February 26 against Washington and collected his 100th career point as a Blue Jacket on March 20 at the New York Rangers.

Mark is another free agent player who would like to stay with Columbus.

 

 

Defenseman Ian Cole wants to stay with Blue Jackets; says team is not far from advancing further in future Playoffs

PRESS CONFERENCE INTERVIEW

Ian Cole Blue Jackets 2017-18 Season wrapup interview with media

Ian Cole was a key acquisition for the Blue Jackets during their playoff run this past season. On February 26, 2018, Cole was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Nick Moutrey and a 2020 third-round pick.
In 20 games with Columbus, Cole averaged 18:08 minutes of ice time a night; skated in his 400th career NHL game on March 27 at Edmonton and had a hot streak from March 4-27 as he registered 2 goals, 5 assists for 7 points and a +12 rating in 12 games.

Ian Cole (megasportsnews.com)

In his career, he has also played for St. Louis and Pittsburgh. He has earned two Stanley Cup rings, both with the Penguins.

 

Cole will be a free agent in July and would love to stay with the Blue Jackets.