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, March 30, 2014

AS Roma's new stadium



 
Is it just me or are these new stadiums getting a little too fancy?
 
I don't know, it does seem like each new stadium tries to out-do the last. Sometimes I wonder if the game itself gets lost in the shuffle.
 
For years now Roma and Lazzio have shared the Estadio Olimpico in Rome, their matches against each other have been epic. I hope we don't lose that epic-ness now, but I am afraid we will.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Home opener 2014

 
(photo from ABC 4 Utah's Facebook page)
 
Excellent flag.


Monday, March 10, 2014

San Jose Earthquakes unveil new logo


(Feb 2014)

Dear Earthquakes Fans,

Tonight we celebrated a momentous occasion for Earthquakes soccer here in San Jose by reunifying the club’s 40 years of history with the unveiling a new crest and club pillars. We have been working toward this event for the past two years and we feel that we have established an identity that truly represents what we are all about – a club built on blue-collar work ethic and a full commitment to giving back to the community that it represents.

From the start, this project was not about designing a logo, but rather a full examination of who we are. We spent over a year talking with fans, former players and community members and asking them what the Earthquakes meant to them.

Through these conversations and a thorough review of the club’s history on and off the pitch starting in 1974, we identified three pillars that will serve as the foundation of this club moving forward.
Unity. Devotion. Heritage.

Forty years ago, a group of soccer pioneers, led by Milan Mandaric, started the Quakes right here in the Santa Clara Valley. It was a community that was coming of age and transitioning from a sleepy agricultural town to a budding metropolis that is now the capital of Silicon Valley. The organization was built on these three brand pillars. Values that have been in the DNA of the players, front office, and fans ever since, but have not always been properly acknowledged.

When building the logo, we wanted to make sure that we infused these three pillars into our crest to truly express this club’s identity. We have created a logo that reflects the powerful history of this club, the commitment to our community and the devotion of our fans and players.

While we have had great success in all three eras of Earthquakes soccer, NASL, WSA and MLS, we have also faced a lot of adversity in our 40 years. From the NASL folding to the horrific relocation to Houston, our devotion and passion for the club has been put to the test. Despite all the obstacles and adversity, we as a club and community have never given up. Our hardship has made us appreciate what we have even more and has deepened our commitment and devotion to being a member of the Quakes family.

And now we are ready to move forward together into a new era of Earthquakes soccer. Tonight we have unveiled a new logo that fully represents our club, and soon we will be moving into our own stadium where we can celebrate the sport that we love together.

Finally, we want to say thank you to the most passionate and devoted fans in professional sports. We could not have gotten here without you and we are excited for the next 40 years of Earthquakes soccer.

Forward As One,
Dave Kaval

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Former RSL'er Will Johnson

 
Former RSL'er Will Johnson gets a wiff of something schtanky while saluting Timber fans at the end of the 2013 season.
 
It wasn't me Will.