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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.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The enigma of RSL FM

Anyone that has been a fan of RSL since the early days and who has also been involved in RSL's blogger or message board scene is familiar with RSL FM.
For anyone who is not I will just quickly say that RSL FM was a vibrant and knowledgeable fan/blogger who made excellent observations and at times ruffled a lot of feathers. Never happy with the status quo RSL FM criticized the team's front office staff many times, and criticized the teams play and the coaching style of Jason Kreis in his early days at the helm.
Later after the team enjoyed much success RSL FM hopped on board the Kreis bandwagon and much of the criticism subsided.
However, in the Spring of 2010 we were all saddened upon hearing of the passing of RSL FM. We never found out what happened to her but her blog showed a photograph of her when she was a child and a note below in Portuguese that said "back with mom and dad again."
(FM stood for Fortaleza Menina, or girl from Fortaleza which is the city in Brazil she was from.)

However, there were a few members of the Rogue Cavalier Brigade that never got a long with RSL FM and even questioned her existence. There are pages and pages of posts in the BigSoccer archives that detail the bickering that went back and forth season after season.

And to fuel the fire even more is the date in which RSL FM last signed into her BigSoccer account. January 4th, 2012 which is almost two years after she had passed.

Sure, I guess it could be a friend or family member logging into her account but why?, what purpose would they have to do this almost 2 years later?

Also, recent comments by Boz, RSL FM's closest BigSoccer friend makes it sound like there is more to the story.

I honestly don't care that much anymore, so much time has passed now. Sure, I had my differences with her on more than one occasion but it does leave a bad taste in your mouth to think that maybe all this time someone was trying and succeeding at making us play the fool.

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