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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, March 14, 2016

License plates for Real Salt Lake win approval (nice little ode to the Loyalists too)

(by Lee Davidson sltrib.com 2-29-16)

Real Salt Lake doesn't often win by the lopsided score of 73-0 — but it did on Monday in the Legislature.
The House gave final passage to SB64 by that margin to create a special license plate to honor the team as youth soccer players and the team's mascot, Leo the Lion, watched from the galleries.
The new plate will also raise money for youth soccer programs. It now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, the House sponsor of the bill, noted that RSL sells more season tickets — 15,000 a year — than any other Utah sports team, so the plates could be popular.
People who buy the RSL license plates would be required to make a $25 donation to a state account that would make grants to organizations that help "youth soccer, build communities, and promote environmental sustainability."
It is expected that much of the money would go to the Real Salt Lake Foundation, which sponsors such programs.
Wilson noted the foundation creates an avenue for youth to become referees, which he said may help overcome a referee shortage for youth leagues in the state. He said it also partners with communities and schools to create youth leagues and after-school programs.
"Let's go make a goal and get this done," Rep. Rich Cunningham, R-South Jordan, told House members.

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