Real Salt Lake Schedule
Celebrating their 10th season in the MLS, Real Salt Lake is having an excellent year and
sit close to the top of the Western Conference standings as the 2014 season comes to a close. Since the World Cup this summer
soccer has seen a major surge in popularity in the United States, and although the sport still has a long way to go in this
country before it reaches the same degree of popularity it enjoys in the rest of the world this has become one of the most
highly attended and exciting MLS seasons yet. There are few teams that have a fan base that can even come close to matching
the passion of Real Salt lake fans and being there for a game at Rio Tinto Stadium when Real Salt Lake hits the pitch is an
experience you will never forget.
Real Salt Lake is currently engaged in a back and forth battle for the top spot in
the Western Conference standings, sitting just a few points behind the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders who currently
toed for the top spot in the conference. There are still three regular season home games for Real Salt Lake to get some important
wins in hopes of moving up the standings before the playoffs. On September 30th the Sacramento Republic FC come to Rio Tinto
Stadium for a big late season game that could both help Real Salt Lake move up the standings and could also give the team
a big lift and confidence heading into the postseason. On October 11th the San Jose Earthquakes come to town in yet another
huge game against a team that is desperately trying to position itself for a playoff berth. The final home game of the regular
season will be on October 22nd when Chivas USA come to town. This will be your last chance to cheer on Real Salt Lake and
provide them with some momentum heading into the postseason and is sure to be a thrilling game.
Real Salt Lake
The biggest rival of Real Salt Lake is the Colorado Rapids. Each year Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids
face off in what is referred to as the Rocky Mountain Cup. Real Salt Lake joined the MLS in 2005 and became the second team
in the Rocky Mountain area as well as the closest team to the Colorado Rapids. Colorado won the first two Rocky Mountain Cups
but Real Salt Lake won the following eight contests. Another rival of Real Salt Lake is the Los Angeles Galaxy. This rivalry
began when the two teams faced off against one another in the 2009 MLS Cup which Real Salt Lake won.
Lake Major League Soccer
Real Salt Lake plays in the MLS, or Major League Soccer, which is the premiere soccer league
in the United States and Canada and is also a member of CONCACAF. Nineteen teams in the league compete during the regular
season which begins each March hoping to earn a spot in the postseason. Each team plays thirty four regular season games with
the regular season champion being awarded the Supporters' Shield. The top ten teams advance to the playoffs with the last
two teams playing in the MLS Cup in December. The first season of the MLS was in 1996 with ten charter members of which the
Columbus Crew was one. Plans for establishing the league began as far back as 1988 when U.S. Soccer made an agreement with
FIFA to have plans to get a Division I professional soccer league in place in order to be allowed to host the 1994 World Cup.
The league is granted a spot for three American teams in the CONCACAF Champions League while another team has the chance to
qualify via the U.S. Open Cup. Year after year MLS gains more fans and it stands as one of the five major professional sports
leagues in the United States and Canada.
There are few events as exciting as seeing one
top notch soccer team compete at home against another. The players in the MLS have grown up playing the sport that they love
and are out there s much to advance the popularity of the sport in the United States. Soccer is the most popular sport in
the world and gives birth to the most fervent and dedicated fans. One step into Rio Tinto Stadium when Real Salt Lake is playing
and you will understand what all of the fuss is about. Unrelenting action, otherworldly footwork, stunning slide tackles,
and mind blowing, acrobatic saves by goalkeepers will have you seeing exactly why soccer is referred to as "the beautiful
game." You will be chanting and singing along and barely even need to use your seat, as move after move will have you jumping
up and cheering for the home team. By the time the referee blows the final whistle you will be anxiously awaiting the next
opportunity to attend a Real Salt Lake game and will find yourself an MLS and soccer fan for life.
Bob Marley's song Iron Lion Zion was used as the team's song after victories, but in 2011 Branden Steineckert of Rancid wrote
a new song for the team that he loves called Believe which is now played in Rio Tinto Stadium at every kickoff, after every
goal, and after every victory. Major League Soccer gave Salt Lake City a soccer franchise in 2004, making Real Salt Lake the
twelfth member of the league.