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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