Welcome to the RSL Cup blog

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.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Columbus Crew Stadium scoreboard on fire before match

(si.com 4-27-13)

A fire started inside the Columbus Crew Stadium scoreboard delaying the start of the Major League Soccer match between the Columbus Crew and D.C. United on Saturday night.

The fire happened during warmups at the stadium and it pushed the start time of the game back nearly an hour. There is no word on the cause of the fire. The fire began in the scoreboard’s speaker cabinet, and no one was hurt in the fire.

The team said that the Columbus Fire Department has the fire under control and that the players from both sides headed back into the locker room to prepare for the game. The teams played the match without the scoreboard.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Kind of a cool photo of Vancouver's stadium from today's game.

Minor league team logos

Why are so many minor league team logos so much better than MLS teams'?

It's been this way for years. With the exception of 1, maybe 2 teams, MLS logos have traditionally sucked!

Minor league seems to be where the heart and soul of the game are, not just with the logos but on the field too.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Borchers is always good for a silly face or two

What's wrong Pablo?, you butt wipe.

An accidental shout-out to the Loyalists

(by Tom Dart insidesoccer.si.com 4-7-13)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Coach Kreis - the Godfather

The overcoat, the suit, the tie, the perfect haircut, the close shave and tan.

The falcon eyes, the determined scowl.