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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.

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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