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Real Salt Lake Need to Secure 10 Points Over Next Five Games

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Real Salt Lake Need to Secure 10 Points Over Next Five Games

A pivotal stretch of matches begins for Real Salt Lake as they host the Vancouver Whitecaps today. RSL should be favored in at least three matches in the next five weeks and need to get as many points from this stretch as possible. RSL will be hit with a roster shake up when 2014 World Cup preparation rolls around at the end […]

Nick Rimando Stars In Back And Forth Real Salt Lake, Portland Timbers Battle

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Nick Rimando Stars In Back And Forth Real Salt Lake, Portland Timbers Battle

It may have been their best performance yet, but the Portland Timbers left Rio Tinto Stadium still searching for their first win on the season. A Ned Grabavoy goal was the difference in the scoreline. However, it was the return of Nick Rimando that secured the three points for Real Salt Lake. RSL had performed […]

USWNT Uncertainties Prevail Despite Result Versus China

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USWNT Uncertainties Prevail Despite Result Versus China

The final scoreline for the USWNT‘s friendly with China was not indicative of the play and feel of the match. It was the first match after the surprise firing of Tom Sermanni. As a result, Jill Ellis was filling in as interim coach for the second time in her tenure. Two quick goals by Carli Lloyd […]

USWNT: Press Conference Does Little to Answer Questions around Tom Sermanni’s Firing

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USWNT: Press Conference Does Little to Answer Questions around Tom Sermanni’s Firing

A day after Tom Sermanni was let go as USWNT head coach, US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati staged a very popular press conference to answer questions surrounding the decision. With the expectation that the USWNT is supposed to dominate, recent results have disappointed. However, the timing was questionable with the 2015 World Cup qualifying only six months away. […]

USWNT: Lack of Direction, Excessive Experimentation Lead to Tom Sermanni’s Firing

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USWNT: Lack of Direction, Excessive Experimentation Lead to Tom Sermanni’s Firing

Late Sunday night, US Soccer Federation announced they released Tom Sermanni from his USWNT head coaching duties immediately  after beating China 2-0 earlier in the day. The official release from U.S. Soccer said “the team needed to go in a different direction”. Jill Ellis will be the interim coach for the Thursday friendly with China. The […]

Tom Sermanni Changes USWNT Formation With Minimal Results

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Tom Sermanni Changes USWNT Formation With Minimal Results

In the first of a set of friendlies with China, the USWNT took home a 2-0 victory. Some will say it was a much needed win after a disastrous Algarve Cup, but the experimentation phase of development under Tom Sermanni continued. He stated that 2014 was about results, and he got one today, but changing the formation fits more into […]

Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City Have Built a Healthy MLS Rivalry

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Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City Have Built a Healthy MLS Rivalry

The rivalry between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake is a bit unusual. It is not a geographical rivalry somewhat manufactured with special trophies or tournaments. Now with a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup the rivalry has taken on added significance fueled by a war of words. Although it is unexpected, the SKC-RSL […]

Real Salt Lake Uses Team Effort to Dominate Toronto FC

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Real Salt Lake Uses Team Effort to Dominate Toronto FC

Western Conference contender Real Salt Lake came off a less-than-convincing draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy as they hosted Toronto FC. Toronto is off to a hot start and new man Jermaine Defoe is showing well. It would be a team effort from RSL that got the better of TFC in this clash of MLS […]