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Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake
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Full name Real Salt Lake
Nickname(s)
  • Claret and Cobalt, Royals, RSL[1]
Short name RSL
Founded 2004 (13 years ago) (2004)
Stadium Rio Tinto Stadium
Sandy, Utah
Ground Capacity 20,213[2]
Owner Dell Loy Hansen
Head coach Mike Petke
League Major League Soccer
2017 Western Conference: 8th
Overall: 14th
Playoffs: Did not qualify
Website Club website
Current season
Active teams of Real Salt Lake
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MLS USL Women

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: [re'al]) is a Spanish word which 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 Madrid, Real 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.[3] 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.[4]

Local reaction to the new team's name was initially met with mixed feelings.[5][6] 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.[7][8]

History

Early years (2005-2006)

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 that played in RSL's early years includes veterans Clint Mathis, Eddie Pope and Jeff Cunningham.

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.[9] 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.[10] 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,[11] 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, 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.[12] RSL advanced past Chivas USA in the first round of the playoffs. The post-season ended, however, with a RSL lost 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, with a record-setting +23 goal differential.[] 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,[13] 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). Goalkeeper Nick Rimando was named Man of the Match.[14] 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.[15][16] RSL tied San Jose Earthquakes 2005 record for a single-season home unbeaten streak with zero losses in the 2010 regular season.[] 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.[17] 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 semifinals, 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.[] 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; Monterrey scored the only goal of the game, giving Monterrey a 3-2 aggregate victory.[]

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.[18] 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.[19]

In 2012, Real finished second in the Western conference during the regular season. In the playoffs, RSL lost to Seattle in the conference semifinals, 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.[20]

New ownership and management (2013-present)

In 2013, Checketts sold his stake in Real Salt Lake to minority owner Dell Loy Hansen.[21] Before the season, the club also traded key players Jámison Olave, Fabián Espíndola and Will Johnson.[22] 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, Kreis left Real Salt Lake to become the first head coach of expansion club New York City FC,[23] with long-time assistant coach Jeff Cassar replacing him at the helm.[24] 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 semifinals 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.[25] RSL also lost key player Nat Borchers, who they traded to the Portland Timbers before the season[26] and all-time goalscorer Álvaro Saborío, traded away to D.C. United mid-season.[27] 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.[28]

On March 20, 2017 the club announced that Head Coach Jeff Cassar had been dismissed from his duties only three games into the season.[29]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. [30]

Colors and badge

The team's official colors are claret red, cobalt blue, and real gold.[31]

Uniform evolution

Home, away, and third uniforms.[32][33][34]

  • Home
2005
2006-07
2008-09
2010-11
2012-13
2014-15
2016-
  • Away
2005
2006-07
2008-09
2010-11
2012-14
2015-2016
2017-
  • Third/special
2008
2010-11

Stadium

Rio Tinto Stadium has been RSL's home stadium since 2008.
Name Location Years in use Capacity
Rice-Eccles Stadium Salt Lake City, Utah 2005-2008
Rio Tinto Stadium Sandy, Utah 2008-present 20,213

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.[35][36] 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.[37] However, a new stadium proposal was passed by the State Senate.[38][39][40] 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.[41]

Attendance by season

MLS season Reg. 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 qualify; NHG = 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.[42][43]
As of October 23, 2017
Home unbeaten run
Rank Games unbeaten Start date End date
1 29 2009/06/06 2011/05/14
2 14 2016/03/12 2016/09/16
3 12 2008/03/29 2008/08/29
4 11 2014/07/04 2015/03/29
5 9 2015/05/01 2015/07/24
6 8 2017/07/22 2017/10/22
8 2013/10/05 2014/05/24
8 6 2013/05/04 2013/07/03
6 2012/09/01 2013/04/20
6 2011/06/04 2011/07/23
6 2008/10/09 2009/05/06

Club culture

Rivalries

The main rival of Real Salt Lake is the Colorado Rapids, with the two teams being the closest to each other geographically, and also competing for the annual Rocky Mountain Cup.[44] 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. Although dominated by the Rapids early on, Salt Lake has since taken a 7-3 series lead over their rivals, and are the current holders of the cup, having won it during the 2014 season.

The team also maintains smaller, fan-driven rivalries with both the Los Angeles Galaxy, whom they defeated in the 2009 MLS Cup final and were runner-up to for the 2010 MLS Supporters Shield,[45] as well as Sporting Kansas City, whom they were defeated by in the 2013 MLS Cup.[46]

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

Supporters groups

Real Salt Lake has seven official supporters groups: The Loyalists, Rogue Cavaliers Brigade (RCB), Salt City United (SCU), Section 26, La Barra Real, The Royal Pride (TRP),[47] and The Royal Army.[48] Except for Section 26 and The Royal Army (which is dispersed throughout the stadium), all supporters groups sit in the south stands.[]

Leo the Lion is the official mascot of Real Salt Lake.[49]

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, as well as after all goals scored by RSL.[50]

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.[51] 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, and passed 10,000 in 2013.[51]

Sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2007-2013 Adidas XanGo
2014-0000 LifeVantage

RSL has a multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal with LifeVantage.[52][53] 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.[54] Additional sponsors include JetBlue Airways[55] and Maverik, Inc.[56]

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 are produced by Sinclair's American Sports Network unit, and feature pre- and post-game coverage. Sinclair's Utah stations KUTV and KMYU serve as the team's flagship stations, and telecasts are syndicated to other Sinclair-owned stations in the region, and non-Sinclair stations in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Tucson.[57]

Players and staff

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

Current roster

As of November 2, 2017 [58]
No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Beltran, TonyTony Beltran  United States
3 Defender Dunk, ReaganReagan Dunk  United States
4 Defender Horst, DavidDavid Horst  United States
5 Midfielder Beckerman, KyleKyle Beckerman (Captain)  United States
6 Defender Schmidt, JustinJustin Schmidt  United States
7 Forward Savarino, JeffersonJefferson Savarino (DP)  Venezuela
8 Midfielder Sunday, StephenStephen Sunday  Nigeria
10 Forward Plata , JoaoJoao Plata  Ecuador
11 Midfielder Albert Rusnák (DP)  Slovakia
12 Midfielder Holness, OmarOmar Holness (GA)  Jamaica
13 Forward Barrett, ChadChad Barrett  United States
14 Forward Movsisyan, YuraYura Movsisyan (DP)  Armenia
15 Defender Glad, JustenJusten Glad (HGP)  United States
16 Defender Wingert, ChrisChris Wingert  United States
17 Defender Phillips, DemarDemar Phillips  Jamaica
18 Goalkeeper Rimando, NickNick Rimando  United States
19 Midfielder Mulholland, LukeLuke Mulholland  England
20 Midfielder Silva, LuisLuis Silva  Mexico
22 Forward Velazco, RicardoRicardo Velazco (HGP)  United States
23 Midfielder Saucedo, SebastianSebastian Saucedo (HGP)  United States
24 Goalkeeper Van Oekel, MattMatt Van Oekel  United States
25 Defender Acosta, DannyDanny Acosta (HGP)  United States
27 Forward Lennon, BrooksBrooks Lennon (on loan from Liverpool)  United States
28 Defender Schuler, ChrisChris Schuler  United States
29 Midfielder Hernández, JoséJosé Hernández (HGP)  Mexico
30 Defender Silva, MarceloMarcelo Silva  Uruguay
43 Midfielder Besler , NickNick Besler  United States
50 Goalkeeper Sparrow , ConnorConnor Sparrow  United States
70 Midfielder Allen, JordanJordan Allen (HGP)  United States

Retired numbers

No. Player Position Nation Tenure
9 Jason Kreis[59] Forward United States United States 2005-2007

Team captains

Nationality Name Tenure
 United States Jason Kreis 2005-2007
 United States Eddie Pope 2007
 United States Kyle Beckerman 2008-present

General managers

Name From To
Steve Pastorino 2004 2007
Garth Lagerwey 2007 2014
Craig Waibel 2015

Head coaches

  • Includes MLS regular Season, MLS Playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
As of October 23, 2017 []
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 25.0%
United States Mike Petke April 3, 2017-present 30 13 13 4 50.0%

Honors

Team results

Year-by-year statistics

  • MLS regular season games only
As of October 23, 2017 []
Legend
Champion
Runner-Up
Semifinal
Season League record Finishing position
Played Won Lost Drew GF GA Diff Points Reg season
conf finish
MLS Cup Playoffs U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions' League
2005 32 5 22 5 30 65 -35 20 5th, West DNQ 3R DNQ
2006 32 10 13 9 45 49 -4 39 6th, West DNQ 4R DNQ
2007 30 6 15 9 31 45 -14 27 6th, West DNQ DNQ DNQ
2008 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1 40 3rd, West Conference Finals DNQ DNQ
2009 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8 40 5th, West Won MLS Cup DNQ DNQ
2010 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25 56 2nd, West Conference Semifinals DNQ Runner-up (2010-11)
2011 34 15 11 8 44 36 +8 53 3rd, West Conference Finals Quarter-Finals DNQ (2011-12)
2012 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11 57 2nd, West Conference Semifinals 3R Group stage (2012-13)
2013 34 16 10 8 57 41 +16 56 2nd, West MLS Cup runners up Runners Up DNQ (2013-14)
2014 34 15 8 11 54 39 +15 56 3rd, West Conference Semifinals 4R Did not qualify (2014-15)
2015 34 11 15 8 38 48 -10 41 9th, West DNQ Semifinals Quarterfinals (2015-16)
2016 34 12 12 10 44 46 -2 46 6th, West Knockout Round R16 DNQ
2017 34 13 15 6 49 55 -6 45 8th, West DNQ 4R DNQ
Total 422 156 158 108 566 553 +13 576

Notes:

  • RSL won the 2009 MLS Cup by defeating the LA Galaxy 5-4 on penalty kicks.
  • RSL lost the 2013 MLS Cup final to Sporting Kansas City 6-7 on penalty kicks.

CONCACAF Champions League

As of March 3, 2016
Real Salt Lake in CONCACAF competition
Season Qualification method Round Opposition Home Away
2010-11 2009 MLS Cup champion Group Stage Panama Árabe Unido 2-1 3-2
Mexico Cruz Azul 3-1 4-5
Canada Toronto FC 4-1 1-1
Quarterfinals United States Columbus Crew 4-1 0-0
Semifinals Costa Rica Saprissa 2-0 1-2
Finals Mexico Monterrey 0-1 2-2
2012-13 2011 MLS Supporters' Shield

third place

Group Stage Costa Rica Herediano 0-0 0-1
Panama Tauro F.C. 2-0 1-0
2015-16 2014 MLS Supporters' Shield

fourth place

Group Stage Guatemala Municipal 1-0 1-0
El Salvador Santa Tecla 2-1 0-0
Quarterfinals Mexico UANL 1-1 0-2
  • Win %- Number of wins divided by number of games played (ties count as half a win)
  • Games decided by a PK Shoot out counted as win or loss not Draw.
As of March 3, 2016
CONCACAF Champions League Team by Team records
Team Country Home Away Total
GP W L D F A GD Win % GP W L D F A GD Win % GP W L D F A GD Win %
Árabe Unido  PAN 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100% 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 100% 2 2 0 0 5 3 +2 100%
Columbus Crew  USA 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100% 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 50.0% 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 75.0%
Cruz Azul  MEX 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100% 1 0 1 0 4 5 -1 0.0% 2 1 1 0 7 6 +1 50.0%
Herediano  CRC 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 50.0% 1 0 1 0 0 1 -1 0.0% 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 25.0%
Monterrey  MEX 1 0 1 0 0 1 -1 0.0% 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 50.0% 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 25.0%
Municipal  GUA 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100% 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100% 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
Santa Tecla  SLV 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100% 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 50.0% 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 75.0%
Saprissa  CRC 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100% 1 0 1 0 1 2 -1 0.0% 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 50.0%
Tauro F.C.  PAN 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100% 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100% 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100%
Toronto FC  CAN 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100% 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 50.0% 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 75.0%
UANL  MEX 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 50.0% 1 0 1 0 0 2 -2 0.0% 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 25.0%
Total 11 8 1 2 21 7 +14 81.8% 11 3 4 4 13 15 -2 45.5% 22 11 5 6 34 22 +12 63.6%

MLS records

  • Fewest goals allowed: 20[60] (previous record 23, Houston 2007)
  • Overall goal difference: +25[60] (previous record +22, San Jose 2005 and D.C. United 2007)
  • Home goal difference: +24[60] (previous record +23, Real Salt Lake 2009)
  • Total home points (30-game season): 37[60] (previous record 35, Columbus 2009)
  • Fewest home losses: 0[60] (equals previous record set by San Jose in 2005)
  • Fewest home goals allowed: 7[60] (previous record 8, Colorado 2004)[61]

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.

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.

Player records

Career

  • Players in Bold are still active
  • Only regular season matches played with Real Salt Lake counted towards all-time records. Stats from MLS play offs, U.S. Open Cup, Super Liga and CONCACAF Champions league are not included.
As of October 23, 2017 [62]

Single season

  • Only regular season matches played with Real Salt Lake counted towards records.
  • Players in bold currently play for Real Salt Lake.
Legend
Indicates current season
As of September 25, 2017 [63]
Shutouts
Rank Player Nation Season Shutouts
1 Nick Rimando United States 2010 14
2 Nick Rimando United States 2011 13
3 Nick Rimando United States 2012 12
4 Nick Rimando United States 2013 9
Nick Rimando United States 2009 9
6 Nick Rimando United States 2017 8
Nick Rimando United States 2015 8
Nick Rimando United States 2008 8
9 Nick Rimando United States 2014 7
Nick Rimando United States 2007 7


Hat tricks

Player Date Opponent Result Competition
United States Robbie Findley April 2, 2009 Columbus Crew W 4-1 MLS
United States Jason Kreis July 13, 2005 Minnesota Thunder L 4-6 Open Cup
Argentina Javier Morales May 11, 2014 Houston Dynamo W 5-2 MLS
Costa Rica 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

Player honors

League honors

MLS All-Star appearances

Players in bold currently play for Real Salt Lake.

Player awards

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

Team honors

  • The annual season-ending award winners are decided based on voting by RSL players.[64]

Retired numbers

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