RSL Cup blog taking a long much needed break

I've been a fan of Real Salt Lake since it joined MLS and took to the field in 2005, and I've been a fan of MLS since it began in 1996.

However, over the past couple of years, and especially the last several months, I've began to see the ugly underbelly of this sport. Most likely it has always been there and I was just too naïve to see it, but I cannot not see it anymore.

I'm taking a much needed break from the sport of soccer. I may or may not be back. I may or may not update this blog, I don't know. It would be a shame since I've had it up and running for almost 10 years, but the fun I once had just isn't there any more.

Hopefully you fare better.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Momentum may be turning in Columbus’ favor to Save the Crew

The #SavetheCrew movement received a boost after a recent ruling in the lawsuit.

(by Matt Yoder 5-9-18)

The fight to keep the Columbus Crew in Columbus is unprecedented because of the existence of Ohio’s Modell Law. The law was put on the books after Art Modell moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in the late ’90s and basically says that any professional sports franchise receiving public funds can’t relocate unless they give the local government six months notice and provide an opportunity for local buyers to purchase the team.

The city of Columbus and the state of Ohio filed a lawsuit against owner Anthony Precourt and Major League Soccer to prevent the Crew’s proposed relocation to Austin, Texas under the Modell Law. Over the last several weeks, the two sides have traded court motions and filings back and forth. Although in the process, it’s become confusing what to actually call Precourt. MLS is arguing that Precourt doesn’t actually own the team, he’s an “operator/investor” under MLS’s single entity structure. That may be technically true, but Precourt sheepishly got caught changing his social media profile from “owner/chairman” to “investor/operator and chairman.” MLS’s own lobbyist trying to move the team to Austin can’t even answer questions from residents there about who actually owns the team.

Precourt’s changing status is just one of many absurdities that continues to make MLS look out-of-touch with reality. The league and Precourt have even tried to argue that the Crew don’t actually exist in Columbus, but in Delaware (!!!) in an attempt to get the lawsuit thrown out on a technicality.

While the #SavetheCrew movement moves deeper and deeper into the legal jungle, Tuesday represented a significant moment in the case. The city of Columbus and state of Ohio were delivered a serious victory in a judge’s ruling.

First, the plaintiffs saw their request granted to have a 90-day toll on the six-month Modell Law window to extend the relevant time period. Second, and most significantly, a judge ruled that purchasers can submit offers for the potential sale of the team and that PSV/MLS have to make financial information about the team available to them. And there is a mention of the two sides potentially working towards a settlement.

(for the rest of the article click the link)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Coach Cassar fashion

Coach Cassar headed to Deer Valley ski lodge after the game

Coach Cassar's wife didn't have time to iron his new shirt before the game

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Step right up! Step right up!

artwork from the Save the Crew Facebook page

Saturday, January 20, 2018

We all know about the Highlanders

Before Uncle Dave revealed the name of the team he was asked in a Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting (at least if I remember correctly it was a SL Chamber of Commerce meeting) what the name of the team was going to be.

He threw out 4 names:

Salt Lake Glory
Salt Lake Highlanders
Salt Lake Alliance
Real Salt Lake

Of course everyone went bonkers on BigSoccer.

Nobody, and I mean nobody, like Real Salt Lake. But everyone loved Salt Lake Highlanders.

Well, the rest is history, but it looks like a fan went as far as to come up with a logo for the Highlanders.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

From the archives

Beckerman enjoying the rain in Mexico City back in 2010's duel with Cruz Azul.