Real Salt Lake Schedule in 2014
Real Salt Lake is ready to down the competition this season when they take to the
field in another exciting campaign in Major League Soccer. This team has some of the top players in the entire league, and
the organization is hoping that these players will be able to take Real Salt Lake to the top. The team plays in the competitive
Western Conference, where some of the toughest teams in MLS are lurking on an annual basis. Real Salt Lake played well throughout
the 2013 regular season and won enough games to earn them the second best record in the conference. The team caught fire when
they reached the postseason, making it all the way to the MLS Cup, where they fell to Sporting Kansas City. This season Real
Salt Lake is determined to make the presence felt and make another run at the championship. It should be a great season for
this team as they host some of the most challenging opponents that MLS has to offer.
Real Salt Lake will have a game
on its hands when the Portland Timbers in 2014. The Timbers were able to finish with the best regular season record in the
Western Conference in 2013 and will likely be a top team out West yet again this time around. Real Salt Lake is certainly
hoping to leapfrog Portland in the standings in 2014, and wins in head-to-head matchups with the Timbers would go a long way
to making that happen.
Another team that could challenge Real Salt Lake for the top spot in the conference is the Los
Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy finished with just a single victory less than Salt Lake in 2013, and Salt Lake knows that they're
going to have to bring their A Game to come out on top.
Real Salt 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.
Real Salt Lake Rivalries
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.
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 is 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.
Did you know that originally Bob Marley's song Iron Lion
Zion was used as the team's song after victories?
That's right, 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.