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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. Lately however I've started to worry about the path MLS is taking and the poor decisions they are making that in my mind threaten the growth of soccer as a whole in the US. (see "Columbus conspiracy" section) Soccer in America will grow only when we have a vibrant and diverse minor league system, something that MLS seems to be smothering at the moment. (see "American soccer wars" section) Let's keep our eyes on the situation and hope for the best, a future where grass-roots soccer and the minor leagues can not only exist but flourish, as well as where the contributions and history of the league's early clubs are appreciated and preserved.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Salt Lake Reals

When RSL was introduced to the Utah sports scene a lot of people unfamiliar with soccer could not understand the concept of a sports team not having a name like "the Jazz" or "the Bees". When the name Real Salt Lake was unveiled I remember watching our local newscasts and they all refered to the team as "the Reals". It took actually a couple of years for everyone to get on board and understand the concept. But for quite awhile local soccer fans were worried this team would forever be known as the Reals

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