Real Salt Lake

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Real Salt Lake
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Nickname(s)Claret and Cobalt [1]
Short nameRSL
FoundedJuly 14, 2004;18 years ago (2004-07-14)
Stadium America First Field
Sandy, Utah
Capacity20,213 [2]
Owner David S. Blitzer
Ryan Smith
Head coach Pablo Mastroeni
League Major League Soccer
2022
Website Club website
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Real Salt Lake, often shortened to RSL, is an American professional soccer franchise based in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The club competes as a member club of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the 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.

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The club plays its home games at America First Field, a soccer-specific stadium located in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, which they shared with their sister team, Utah Royals FC. Before moving to America First, RSL previously played home games at Rice-Eccles Stadium, located on the campus of the University of Utah, from 2005 to 2007. The team is currently led by head coach Pablo Mastroeni. [3]

In domestic soccer, Real Salt Lake won the 2009 MLS Cup, and they finished as runners-up in the Supporters Shield in 2010, and the 2013 edition of the U.S. Open Cup. They were also runners-up in the 2013 MLS 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. Their fully owned USL affiliate Real Monarchs won the USL Championship, the second division in American soccer, in 2019.

Name

The Spanish title Real (Spanish pronunciation:  [reˈal] ), meaning "royal" in English, has been used since the early 20th century by Spanish football clubs who have received royal patronage from a reigning monarch - most notably Madrid, Zaragoza, Betis and Sociedad. In choosing the name Real for the Salt Lake-based team, initial owner Dave Checketts intended to create a brand name that would become well known for its simplicity, followed the European-style naming conventions of the league, and would potentially foster a partnership with Real Madrid - admired both because of their successful football history and close association with basketball (similar to Checketts' own history with Utah's NBA team). [4] [5]

Local reaction to the new team's name was initially met with mixed feelings, with the name being accused of contrivance. [6] [7] Other suggested team names, such as "Highlanders", "Salt Lake SC", or "Union SLC", were initially preferred for the club by locals. However, by at least 2014, reaction to the name had drastically improved, with the team establishing an identity representative of the Salt Lake community. [8] [9]

History

Early years (2005–2006)

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Robbie Russell (in red) playing for Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake became the twelfth MLS franchise when Major League Soccer awarded an expansion franchise on July 14, 2004, to SCP Worldwide, headed by Dave Checketts. Jason Kreis became the first player in RSL history, coming in a trade from the Dallas Burn. Other notable players who played in RSL's early years included veterans Clint Mathis, Eddie Pope and Jeff Cunningham.[ citation needed ]

RSL's first season was 2005 under head coach John Ellinger. RSL began play on April 2, 2005, against New York MetroStars at Giants Stadium, which ended in a scoreless tie. [10] The following week, Jason Kreis scored the first goal in franchise history in a 3–1 loss to LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. RSL played its first-ever home match on April 16, 2005, before 25,287 fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium; Brian Dunseth scored a header in the 81st minute to deliver a 1–0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. [11] The season was mostly a disappointment, however, with the team setting a league record by posting a 557-minute scoreless streak (later broken by Toronto FC). They were also on a 10-game losing streak before managing a 2–2 draw on the road against San Jose Earthquakes. The first season finished with a record of 5–22–5.

In 2006, Real Salt Lake's second season, the team recorded five losses and one tie in the first six matches of the season. RSL had gone 18 consecutive matches without a victory—the longest winless streak in MLS history. Jeff Cunningham, who came to Salt Lake from Colorado, provided most of Real's highlights during an otherwise poor 2006 season. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing with a 10–13–9 record.

Turnaround and new stadium (2007–2008)

Real Salt Lake boasted a formidable attack with Cunningham and Kreis up front, joined by recently signed Panamanian international Luis Tejada. They were supported by veteran talent in the midfield and defense, such as Chris Klein, Carey Talley, and newly arrived goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Their first game of the 2007 MLS season was a 2–2 draw for FC Dallas on Real's home turf. RSL were outscored 6–0 in their next three games. In a stunning move, Ellinger was fired and replaced by Kreis, [12] who immediately retired as a player. Also, general manager Steve Pastorino resigned and was later replaced by Garth Lagerwey. The franchise launched a massive re-construction project that continued throughout the year. The team finished with a disappointing 6–15–9 record, missing the playoffs yet again.

In the 2008 MLS season, working with new general manager Garth Lagerwey, RSL added several key players including Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Findley, Javier Morales, Nat Borchers and Jamison Olave. As Real established chemistry together, they emerged as a force when playing at home. The team's home field advantage improved dramatically in with the opening in October 2008 of Rio Tinto Stadium (now known as America First Field), the new soccer-specific stadium in Sandy. Through the regular season, their home record ended at 8–1–6. Finishing 2008 with a 10–10–10 record, RSL advanced to the playoffs for the first time. [13] RSL advanced past Chivas USA in the first round of the playoffs. The post-season ended, however, with a RSL loss to the Red Bulls in the Western Conference final.

MLS and CONCACAF success (2009–2012)

In the 2009 MLS season, RSL proved nearly invincible at home, having a 9–1–5 record in Rio Tinto Stadium (America First Field), with a record-setting +23 goal differential.[ citation needed ] Real Salt Lake did not lose a league game at home since May 2009. However, the team struggled to maintain form during road games. In the final weeks of the regular season, RSL found itself in a battle for the final two spots in the MLS playoffs. However, thanks to a victory over Colorado in the final game of the regular season, [14] RSL clinched a position in the 2009 MLS playoffs. Despite finishing with a losing record overall (11–12–7), the team was granted the last spot through a tie-breaker. Real Salt Lake went on to win the 2009 MLS Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy in the November 22 final. RSL played the L.A. Galaxy to a 1–1 tie through overtime and won the MLS Cup (5–4 on penalties). Robbie Russell won the game on a penalty kick. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando was named Man of the Match. [15] The victory in the 2009 MLS Cup qualified RSL for the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League.

The 2010 season saw RSL continue its home unbeaten streak. On October 16, 2010, Real Salt Lake improved their home unbeaten streak to 25 games after beating the FC Dallas. This win gave Real Salt Lake the most consecutive home games without a loss in MLS history. [16] [17] RSL tied San Jose Earthquakes 2005 record for a single-season home unbeaten streak with zero losses in the 2010 regular season.[ citation needed ] Real Salt Lake finished second in the race for the Supporters Shield with a (15–4–11) record. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando led the league with 14 shutouts, and Jámison Olave was named MLS Defender of the Year. In the MLS playoffs, however, RSL lost to FC Dallas in the first round.

For the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League, Real Salt Lake were placed in Group A with Cruz Azul of Mexico, Toronto FC of Canada and Arabe Unido of Panama. Real Salt Lake finished first in Group A, with a perfect 3–0 home record and a 1–1–1 away record. [18] RSL continued its run in the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League knockout rounds in spring 2011. In the quarterfinals, Real Salt Lake advanced by beating the Columbus Crew 4–1 over two games. In the semi-finals, Real Salt Lake beat Saprissa 2–0 in the home leg, before losing the away leg 1–2. The 3–2 aggregate was enough for Real to advance and become the first MLS team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League finals.[ citation needed ] Real Salt Lake played the first leg of the finals at Mexican side Monterrey. RSL's Javier Morales scored in the 89th minute, ending the game in a 2–2 draw. The second leg of the final was held on April 27, 2011, at Rio Tinto Stadium (America First Field); Monterrey scored the only goal of the game, giving Monterrey a 3–2 aggregate victory.[ citation needed ]

In their 2011 MLS season, RSL's home unbeaten streak ended at 29 games on May 28, 2011, with their loss to the Seattle Sounders FC. [19] Real finished the regular season with a 15–11–8 record and finished third in the western conference. In the MLS playoffs, RSL defeated Seattle Sounders 3–2 on aggregate. In the conference finals, RSL lost 3–1 to the LA Galaxy and were eliminated. RSL qualified for the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League, since LA had won both the 2011 MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield, and RSL had the next best record. [20]

In 2012, Real finished second in the Western conference during the regular season. In the playoffs, RSL lost to Seattle in the conference semi-finals, and were eliminated from the playoffs. In the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League, RSL were placed in Group 2 with Herediano of Costa Rica and Tauro of Panama, but were eliminated at the group stage. [21]

Hansen ownership and new academy (2013–2020)

In 2013, Checketts sold his stake in Real Salt Lake to minority owner Dell Loy Hansen. [22] Before the season, the club also traded key players Jámison Olave, Fabián Espíndola and Will Johnson. [23] RSL finished the season in second place in the Western Conference with a 16–10–8 (W-L-T) record, and reached both the Open Cup and MLS Cup finals, losing both to D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City, respectively.

After the season, head coach Jason Kreis left Real Salt Lake to become the first head coach of expansion club New York City FC, [24] with long-time assistant coach Jeff Cassar replacing him at the helm. [25] Despite the departure, the club finished the 2014 season in third in the Western Conference, with a record of 15–8–11 totaling 56 points, and qualified for the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, RSL was eliminated in the conference semi-finals by eventual champions LA Galaxy 5–0 on aggregate.

Despite a five-game unbeaten start to the 2015 season, the team eventually began to struggle in the standings, coupled with a loss to Sporting Kansas City in the semi-finals of the 2015 Open Cup. [26] RSL also lost key player Nat Borchers, who they traded to the Portland Timbers before the season [27] and all-time goalscorer Álvaro Saborío, traded away to D.C. United mid-season. [28] Although late-season signings Luis Silva and Juan Manuel Martinez provided strong performances, the team did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

The 2016 season started with the Quarterfinals on the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League where they were eliminated by eventual runner up Tigres UANL of Liga MX by an aggregate score of 3–1. The 2016 season saw Real Salt Lake return to the playoffs but they were once again eliminated by the LA Galaxy, this time by a 3–1 score line on the road in the Western Conference play in game. In the off season, longtime legends Javier Morales and Jamison Olave did not have their options exercised by the club. [29]

On March 20, 2017, the club announced that head coach Jeff Cassar had been dismissed from his duties only three games into the season. [30] Daryl Shore was named interim head coach for the two games against the New York Red Bulls and Minnesota United. On March 29 it was announced that Mike Petke would take over the head coaching position following the game against Minnesota United on April 1. [31] Despite a dazzling late season run, the team finished one point shy of making the playoffs.

The 2018 season was heralded with the opening of the new $78 million Training Center and Zion's Bank Real Academy in Herriman, Utah. The facility was praised for offering world-class training amenities year round for Real Salt Lake and the organization's other teams the NWSL's Utah Royals FC and the men's second division side Real Monarchs. It also houses the team's youth academy, which was moved from Casa Grande, Arizona, offering a single location and clear path for acquiring and developing young talent. [32]

2019 saw the final seasons of both long-time goalkeeper Nick Rimando and defender Tony Beltran, both of whom retired following the end of the campaign. The club also saw the dismissal of head coach Mike Petke on August 11, following an incident between the coach and match officials during the 2019 Leagues Cup. Initially named interim manager for the remainder of the season, assistant coach Freddy Juarez was eventually named as head coach following the season. [33] [34]

The 2020 season, significantly shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, nonetheless saw major change affect the club. On August 30, MLS announced that Hansen would sell his stakes in Real Salt Lake, Utah Royals FC, and Real Monarchs following controversy over his past use of racist language. [35] Additionally, long-time club captain – and final remaining member of the 2009 MLS Cup winning side – Kyle Beckerman retired following the season's end, having played more regular season games than any outfield player in MLS history. [36]

Change of ownership and a new era (2021–present)

Unable to find a new owner, MLS took over the sales process on January 8, 2021, and RSL began the 2021 season with no defined ownership. [37] Despite a relatively good start to the season, head coach Freddy Juarez unexpectedly left his role on August 27 to become an assistant coach with Seattle Sounders FC, leaving his own assistant coach Pablo Mastroeni to see out the season as interim. [38] Under Mastroeni, the team made a late-season push to the playoffs, qualifying on the final day of the season through a stoppage-time goal by Damir Kreilach to give RSL a win over Sporting Kansas City. [39] Despite barely making the playoffs, the team progressed to the conference finals for the first time since 2013, upsetting both Seattle and Kansas City (interestingly, through another stoppage-time goal) before being defeated by the Portland Timbers. [40] [41] This success led to Mastroeni being named permanent head coach following the season. [42]

On January 5, 2022, Real Salt Lake was formally sold to a group led by David Blitzer, best known as a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and Crystal Palace, and Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith. [43] [44]

Colors and badge

The team's official colors are claret red, cobalt blue, and real gold. [45] [46]

Uniform evolution

Home, away, and third uniforms. [47] [48] [49]

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2005
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2006–07
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2008–09
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2010–11
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2012–13
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2014–15
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2016–17
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2018–19
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2020–
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2005
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2006–07
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2008–09
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2010–11
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2012–14
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2015–16
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2017–18
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2019–20
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2021–
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2008
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2010–11
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Stadium

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America First Field has been RSL's home stadium since 2008.
NameLocationYears in useCapacity
Rice-Eccles Stadium Salt Lake City, Utah 2005–200845,071
America First Field Sandy, Utah 2008–present20,213

In 2005 a soccer-specific stadium was approved for Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City. However, a vote in 2006 struck down a funding proposal. Dave Checketts said that he would sell it if a proposal was not put forward. Parties from several cities, including Rochester, New York and St. Louis, Missouri, expressed interest in purchasing the franchise and moving it.

Finally, after months of discussions an agreement was put in place and Real Salt Lake announced that they would move forward with the construction of Real Salt Lake Stadium. [50] [51] The Debt Review Committee of Salt Lake County, however, voted against the stadium. In response, Real Salt Lake's owner announced the team would be sold and likely move out of the Salt Lake area after the 2007 season. [52] However, a new stadium proposal was passed by the State Senate. [53] [54] [55] The Utah House approved House bill 1SHB38, approving $35 million towards the development of Real Salt Lake's new home. The governor signed the bill.

The $110 million stadium was built in Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The stadium was named after its sponsor, Rio Tinto Group. The stadium's opening date was set for October 9, 2008. [56]

On September 10, 2022, Rio Tinto Stadium was renamed America First Field, with RSL and America First Credit Union announcing a naming rights deal. [57]

Attendance by season

MLS seasonRegular seasonMLS playoffs
2005 18,935-
2006 16,366-
2007 15,960-
2008 16,17917,364
2009 16,37511,499
2010 17,09519,324
2011 17,59417,067
2012 19,15319,657
2013 19,36218,187
2014 20,35120,713
2015 20,160-
2016 19,759NHG
2017 18,781-
2018 18,60514,045
2019 17,97017,452
2020 5,335-
2021 15,398NHG
2022 20,470NHG

NHG = No home game during playoffs

Longest home unbeaten streaks

Legend
In progress
As of May 6, 2019
Home unbeaten run
RankGames unbeatenStart dateEnd dateRecord (W–D–L)
129June 6, 2009May 14, 2011(20–9–0)
214March 17, 2018September 15, 2018(10–4–0)
March 12, 2016September 16, 2016(8–6–0)
412July 4, 2014March 29, 2015(9–3–0)
March 29, 2008August 29, 2008(7–5–0)

Club culture

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Leo the Lion at a "Meet the Players" event, August 2010

Rivalries

The main rival of Real Salt Lake is considered to be the Colorado Rapids, with the two teams being the closest to each other geographically, and also competing for the annual Rocky Mountain Cup. [60] Competition first began upon Salt Lake's entry into Major League Soccer in 2005, with the cup itself being awarded by a bi-partisan "Committee of 10", made up of fans from each respective club. Initially dominated by the Rapids, Salt Lake has since taken a 12–5 series lead over their rivals, and are the current holders of the cup, having won it during the 2021 season.

Although no annual trophy is involved, the club's more fierce rival has become Sporting Kansas City, initially born out of a 2011 preseason brawl [61] and developed after the teams met in MLS Cup 2013. [62] Since that time, the teams have regularly competed in the Western Conference. Many of the matches, have been heated among longtime players who played from the two teams. Real Salt Lake has a record of 19 wins, 10 draws and 16 losses in all competitions against Sporting. [63]

The team also maintains smaller, fan-driven rivalries with the LA Galaxy, Los Angeles FC, and Seattle Sounders FC.[ citation needed ] The latter derived from a meeting in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs, later expanding through further playoff meetings and the losses of general manager Garth Lagerway, head coach Freddy Juarez, and club captain Albert Rusnák to the club. [64]

Supporters groups

Real Salt Lake has five supporters groups—Salt City United, Rogue Cavaliers Brigade, Section 26, Riot Brigade and La Barra—which as of 2019 all exist under a larger unified umbrella group known as The Riot. [65]

Leo the Lion is the official mascot of Real Salt Lake. [66]

Club anthem

In 2011, Branden Steineckert, drummer of punk band Rancid and a supporter of Real Salt Lake, composed the song "Believe" in honor of the club. Initially posted on YouTube, the song has since been adopted as the team's official anthem, being sung at the beginning of every home game, at the end of every home game if the result is a win, as well as after all goals scored by RSL. [67] The song used prior to the anthem was the woohoo yeehoo lyrics from The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani.

Revenue and profitability

As Real Salt Lake is a small-market team, one of the team's biggest challenges is bringing in enough revenue to remain competitive. [68] Opening Rio Tinto Stadium in October 2008 provided a significant revenue boost to the team. Real Salt Lake went from 4,000 season-ticket holders before October 2008, to 8,750 in 2012, 10,000 in 2013, [68] and 15,000+ in 2016. [69]

Sponsors

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
2005–2008 Adidas
2009–2012 Xango
2012–2013Xango (home)
LifeVantage (away)
2014–present LifeVantage

RSL has a multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal with LifeVantage. [70] [71] It previously had a multimillion-dollar deal with Xango a nutritional supplements company based in Utah, to carry the Xango logo on the front of RSL jerseys from the 2007 season until 2014. [72] Additional sponsors include JetBlue Airways, [73] Maverik, Inc., Ford, WCF Insurance, and Zion's Bank. [74] Their corporate sponsors are America First Credit Union, Adidas, Atlas Disposal, City Creek Center, Coca-Cola, Collins Roofing Inc., Continental Tires, England Logistics, Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, Great Clips, Key Bank, Les Olson Company, MarketStar (which is the jersey sponsor of Real Monarchs), Michelob ULTRA, Pikus Concrete, Planet Fitness, Presidio, RealMedia, Sew Sweet, Sherwin-Williams, Siegfried and Jensen, Summit Technology, Toro, Toyota, Utah Children's Dental Network, Utah: Life Elevated, WGU, YESCO, and Zagg brands. [75] Their broadcasting sponsors include Broadway Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN700, Fox Soccer, KMYU, KUTV, NBC Sports [76]

Broadcasting

Radio broadcasts air on KALL AM 700 (English) and KTUB AM 1600 (Spanish).

As of the 2015 season, Sinclair Broadcast Group holds television rights to Real Salt Lake games that are not aired by Major League Soccer's national television partners. The telecasts (which, until its discontinuation, were originally presented by Sinclair's American Sports Network) feature pre- and post-game coverage. Sinclair's Utah station KMYU serves as the team's flagship station, and telecasts are syndicated to other Sinclair-owned stations in the region, and non-Sinclair stations in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Tucson. [77] In 2018, the team extended its television deal with Sinclair, [78] and announced a streaming partnership with KSL-TV, under which it will offer in-market streaming of RSL's regional broadcasts, as well as Utah Royals FC (NWSL) and Real Monarchs (USL), on digital platforms. [79] [80] In 2020, the team extended its television deal with Sinclair until 2022. [81]

Players and staff

For details on former players, see All-time Real Salt Lake roster.

Roster

As of October 27, 2022 [82]
No.Pos.PlayerNation
2 DF Andrew Brody (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
6 MF Pablo Ruíz Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
8 MF Damir Kreilach Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
9 FW Justin Meram Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq
11 FW Jefferson Savarino (DP)Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  Venezuela
12 MF Scott Caldwell Flag of the United States.svg  United States
14 FW Rubio Rubin Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala
15 DF Justen Glad (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
16 MF Maikel Chang Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba
18 GK Zac MacMath Flag of the United States.svg  United States
19 FW Bode Hidalgo (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
20 DF Erik Holt (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
22 DF Aaron Herrera (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
24 GK Jeff Dewsnup (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
26 MF Diego Luna Flag of the United States.svg  United States
28 DF Jasper Löeffelsend Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
29 MF Anderson Julio Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador
31 FW Axel Kei (HG)Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast
32 DF Zack Farnsworth (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
33 MF Julio Benitez (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
35 GK Gavin Beavers (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
36 DF Bryan Oviedo Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
38 MF Jude Wellings (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
39 FW Danny Musovski Flag of the United States.svg  United States
88 MF Braian Ojeda (on loan from Nottingham Forest)Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay
99 DF Jaziel Orozco (HG)Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

Out on loan

No.Pos.PlayerNation
27 FW Jonathan Menéndez (on loan to Vélez Sarsfield)Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina

Technical and coaching staff

TitleName
General managerElliot Fall
Assistant general manager Tony Beltran
Head coach Pablo Mastroeni
Assistant coachBrett Jacobs
Assistant coach Matt Taylor
Goalkeeping coachIgnacio Hernandez
Director of video analysisRob Rogers
Director of athletic performanceMatt Howley
Director of team administrationChase Rusden
Head athletic trainerTheron Enns
Assistant athletic trainerTyler Knight
Equipment managerRandy Butts

Last updated: February 26, 2021
Source: Real Salt Lake

Retired numbers

No.PlayerPositionNationTenure
9 Jason Kreis [83] Forward Flag of the United States.svg United States2005–2007
11 Javier Morales [84] Midfielder Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina2007–2016

Jason Kreis's number 9 was not worn by RSL players after the time of its retirement in 2011. However, in 2019, when the club decided to retire Javier Morales's number 11, Kreis pleaded with the club to recirculate his number 9. As a result, both number 9 and number 11 are still circulated numbers for the club. Kreis and Morales's names and numbers are "retired" and displayed prominently above the player's tunnel on the west concourse of Rio Tinto Stadium. [85]

Team captains

NationalityNameTenure
Flag of the United States.svg United States Jason Kreis 2005–2007
Flag of the United States.svg United States Eddie Pope 2007
Flag of the United States.svg United States Kyle Beckerman 2008–2020
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia Albert Rusnák 2021
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Damir Kreilach 2022–present

General managers

NameTenure
Steve Pastorino2004–2007
Garth Lagerwey 2007–2014
Craig Waibel 2015–2019
Elliot Fall2019–present

Head coaches

As of October 11, 2021
All-time coaching stats
Head coachTenureGamesWinLossDrawWin %PPGPlayoffsNotes
Flag of the United States.svg John Ellinger January 2005 – May 3, 20077116391633.8%0.900/2Inaugural head coach
Flag of the United States.svg Jason Kreis May 3, 2007 – December 10, 2013261112856455.2%1.526/7First championship
Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Cassar December 18, 2013 – March 20, 201712145433350.8%1.392/3
Flag of the United States.svg Daryl Shore March 20, 2017 – April 3, 2017201125.0%0.50/0interim
Flag of the United States.svg Mike Petke April 3, 2017 – August 11, 20199137391548.9%1.381/2
Flag of the United States.svg Freddy Juarez August 11, 2019 – August 27, 20215518142353.6%0.81/2interim until December 3, 2019
Flag of the United States.svg Pablo Mastroeni August 27, 2021 – present5422201251.8%1.442/2interim until December 13, 2021

Honors

Team results

Year-by-year

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by RSL. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Real Salt Lake seasons.

Season League Position Playoffs USOC Continental / Other Average
attendance
Top goalscorer(s)
DivLeaguePldWLDGFGAGDPtsPPGConf.OverallName(s)Goals
2018 1 MLS 34141375558−3491.446th12th QF R4 18,605 Flag of Croatia.svg Damir Kreilach 15
2019 MLS 34161354641+5531.563rd6th QF R4 Leagues Cup QF 18,121 Flag of Slovakia.svg Albert Rusnák 10
2020 MLS 2251072535–10221.0011th21stDNQ NH Leagues Cup
MLS is Back Tournament
NH
Ro16
5,655 Flag of Croatia.svg Damir Kreilach 9
2021 MLS 34141465554+1481.417th13th SF NH 15,283 Flag of Croatia.svg Damir Kreilach 16
2022 MLS 341211114345−2471.387th14th R1 R3 20,470 Flag of Venezuela.svg Sergio Córdova 11

^ 1. Avg. Attendance include statistics from league matches only.
^ 2. Top Goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in League, MLS Cup Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup, MLS is Back Tournament, CONCACAF Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and other competitive continental matches.

CONCACAF Champions League

As of March 3, 2016
Real Salt Lake in CONCACAF competition
SeasonQualification methodRoundOppositionHomeAway
2010–11 2009 MLS Cup champion Group stage Flag of Panama.svg Árabe Unido 2–13–2
Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul 3–14–5
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Toronto FC 4–11–1
Quarter-finals Flag of the United States.svg Columbus Crew 4–10–0
Semi-finals Flag of Costa Rica.svg Saprissa 2–01–2
Finals Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey 0–12–2
2012–13 2011 MLS Supporters' Shield

third place

Group stage Flag of Costa Rica.svg Herediano 0–00–1
Flag of Panama.svg Tauro F.C. 2–01–0
2015–16 2014 MLS Supporters' Shield

fourth place

Group stage Flag of Guatemala.svg Municipal 1–01–0
Flag of El Salvador.svg Santa Tecla 2–10–0
Quarter-finals Flag of Mexico.svg UANL 1–10–2
As of March 3, 2016
CONCACAF Champions League Team, by Team records:
TeamCountryHomeAwayTotal
GPWLDFAGDWin %GPWLDFAGDWin %GPWLDFAGDWin %
Árabe Unido Flag of Panama.svg PAN110021+1100%110032+1100%220053+2100%
Columbus Crew Flag of the United States.svg USA110041+3100%100100050.0%210141+375.0%
Cruz Azul Flag of Mexico.svg MEX110031+2100%101045−10.0%211076+150.0%
Herediano Flag of Costa Rica.svg CRC100100050.0%101001−10.0%201101−125.0%
Monterrey Flag of Mexico.svg MEX101001−10.0%100122050.0%201123−125.0%
Municipal Flag of Guatemala.svg GUA110010+1100%110010+1100%220020+2100%
Santa Tecla Flag of El Salvador.svg SLV110021+1100%100100050.0%210121+175.0%
Saprissa Flag of Costa Rica.svg CRC110020+2100%101012−10.0%211032+150.0%
Tauro F.C. Flag of Panama.svg PAN110020+2100%110010+1100%220030+3100%
Toronto FC Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg CAN110041+3100%100111050.0%210152+375.0%
UANL Flag of Mexico.svg MEX100111050.0%101002−20.0%201113−225.0%
Total11812217+1481.8%113441315-245.5%2211563422+1263.6%

Leagues Cup

SeasonRoundOpponentResult
2019 Quarter-finals Flag of Mexico.svg Tigres UANL 0–1

MLS records

Associated teams

The reserve team of Real Salt Lake, named Real Monarchs SLC, was created on September 10, 2014, as a bridge between the club's academy program and the first level team. The team began play in the Western Conference of the United Soccer League during the 2015 season, playing their home games at Rio Tinto Stadium along with their parent team. Starting in 2018, the Monarchs will move to Zions Bank Stadium, a 5,000-seat facility located at RSL's new training center in Herriman. [88]

A women's soccer team, called Real Salt Lake Women, was founded in 2008. The team is currently a member of the Western Division of United Women's Soccer, the second tier of women's soccer in the United States and Canada, and plays its home games at Ute Field, on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Real Salt Lake added a second women's team, this one in the top-level National Women's Soccer League, in November 2017. [89] This team effectively replaced FC Kansas City in the NWSL, as FC Kansas City soon folded and all of its player contracts were assigned to the new RSL franchise. [90] Shortly thereafter, the new team, which will share Rio Tinto Stadium, was unveiled as Utah Royals FC. [91]

Player records

Career

As of October 11, 2022 [92]

Single season

Legend
Indicates current season
As of October 11, 2022 [93]
Shutouts
RankPlayerNationSeasonShutoutsMinutes
1 Nick Rimando Flag of the United States.svg 2010142430
2Nick Rimando Flag of the United States.svg 2011132970
3Nick Rimando Flag of the United States.svg 2012122790
4Nick Rimando Flag of the United States.svg 2019102610
Zac MacMath Flag of the United States.svg 2022103060
6Nick Rimando Flag of the United States.svg 200992285
Nick Rimando Flag of the United States.svg 201392430
8Nick Rimando Flag of the United States.svg 201582160
Nick Rimando Flag of the United States.svg 201782488
Nick Rimando Flag of the United States.svg 200882700

Hat tricks

PlayerDateOpponentResultCompetition
Flag of the United States.svg Jason Kreis July 13, 2005 Minnesota Thunder L 4–6 Open Cup
Flag of the United States.svg Robbie Findley April 2, 2009 Columbus Crew W 4–1 MLS
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Álvaro Saborío July 7, 2012 Portland Timbers W 3–0
September 29, 2012 Chivas USA W 4–0
July 27, 2013 New York Red Bulls L 3–4
Flag of Argentina.svg Javier Morales May 11, 2014 Houston Dynamo W 5–2
Flag of Croatia.svg Damir Kreilach September 1, 2018 LA Galaxy W 6–2

Player honors

League honors

MLS All-Star appearances

Kyle Beckerman Kylebeckerman5a.JPG
Kyle Beckerman

Players inboldcurrently play for Real Salt Lake.

AppearancesPlayerNationYears
8 Kyle Beckerman Flag of the United States.svg 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
7 Nick Rimando Flag of the United States.svg 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019
3 Jamison Olave Flag of Colombia.svg 2010, 2011, 2012
2 Tony Beltran Flag of the United States.svg 2013, 2015
Javier Morales Flag of Argentina.svg 2009, 2010
Eddie Pope Flag of the United States.svg 2005, 2007
1 Fabián Espíndola Flag of Argentina.svg 2012
Will Johnson Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2009
Damir Kreilach Flag of Croatia.svg 2021

Player awards

The following awards were given to Real Salt Lake players by Major League Soccer in the season indicated:

SeasonAwardPlayer(s)
2006 MLS Best XI Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Cunningham
MLS Golden Boot
2009 MLS Cup Most Valuable Player Flag of the United States.svg Nick Rimando
2010 MLS Best XI Flag of the United States.svg Nat Borchers, Flag of Colombia.svg Jámison Olave, Flag of Argentina.svg Javier Morales
MLS Defender of the Year Flag of Colombia.svg Jámison Olave
MLS Newcomer of the Year Flag of Costa Rica.svg Álvaro Saborío
2011 MLS Best XI Flag of Colombia.svg Jámison Olave
2018 MLS Rookie of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Corey Baird

Team honors

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