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.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Timbers Army lights up Rio Tinto

On October 22nd, 2011 Portland and RSL battled to a 1-1 draw in Rio Tinto Stadium, an unatractive game to say the least. The talk of the town though was the flares the Timbers lit off in the upper deck, it was rather impressive.

I light off one tiny little smoke bomb in Rice Eccles stadium and I get kicked out. These guys practically set the roof on fire and they make the papers.

Where is the justice?

Edit: November 4th

A post on BigSoccer from a Portland fan telling what eventually happened to the culprits.

"Two were taken to SLC County for "reckless burning", at the insistence of Rio Tinto management. The Sandy PD were trying to talk RT management into just kicking them out. Those two were out in the middle of the night.

One was arrested for disorderly conduct and "Resisting or obstructing a peace officer" - well before the flares. That one has done similar before, and has been warned. That one is now banned from future Timbers Army travel. (Obviously, if he feels like going completely on his own, he can - but he can't participate in any Timbers Army-run away events, can't get his ticket or travel through the TA, etc, etc.)

Thank you for the excellent time, the vast majority of your fans were wonderful, before, during, and after the match - around the stadium and on the streets of SLC. Particular props go to the guy in the business suit who was entering Crown Burger just as half a dozen of us were leaving, who came back out to yell "Real Salt Lake - WOO-HOO!" with feeling, accompanied by a fist pump. Also to the SLC fans who were chanting "Free the Timbers Army" as we were being held in the stands after the match ended."

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