What does that number represent?
The number of weeks that that the 2013 season lasted for Real Salt Lake.
The Claret-and-Cobalt players reported for training way back on Jan. 20, and wrapped up their campaign on Saturday with a heart-breaking shootout loss to Sporting Kansas City in the MLS Cup.
And what a journey it turned out to be.
With several key parts of the franchises' previous success traded away to following the 2012 season, combined with a number of newer and less experienced players being looked to rapidly mature into key roles, there are plenty of portents warning of choppy waters ahead.
Long before the first kickoff, the much-stigmatized label of a "rebuilding" season was slapped on the group and Salt Lake's normally soaring expectations were tempered with the knowledge of the task ahead.
"At the beginning of the season, if we could've had this same exact conversation with everybody, I would've said we'll barely make the playoffs, we're going to be very inconsistent, we're going to win a game, we're going to lose a game, we're going to win two games, we're going to lose two games. We're going to have good performances, and then we're going to turn around and have bad performances," Real boss Jason Kreis said. "The team has proven me wrong. And that doesn't happen too often. I'm usually the one that's always confident and talking positively even when sometimes they may not deserve it. Truth be known is that they have outlived or outlasted any expectations I've had for them.
"Really, really pleased with all that the group did this year. Their work ethic, what they achieved. I think they proved me wrong and it's just been an incredible, incredible year."
And while there is no doubt that it takes players making plays in order for success to be found, the ultimate credit for Real turning what looked on paper like a rebuilding season and turning it into a successful year goes to Kreis and his technical staff.
Outside of a few glaring exceptions -- including an ill-advised formation change to start off RSL's playoff run against Los Angeles -- Kreis knew exactly when and where to press the buttons en route to guiding Salt Lake to an appearance in both the U.S. Open Cup final and the MLS Cup while shredding multiple franchise offensive records.
"It's remarkable that this group has put themselves in so many positions to win things and unfortunately things, one thing or another, just haven't gone our way," Kreis said. "It's easy to look at that in a negative way, but I don't think we should because I thought we played outstanding tonight. It wasn't like we came here to defend or bunker in. I'm really proud of this group and I think it's a fantastic team."
With the campaign now at a close, however, several more critical decisions have to be made, including quite possibly the most important.
Kreis met with representatives of New York City F.C. in Manchester, England, several months ago and is widely considered the front runner to become the team's first head coach when the expansion franchise begins play in 2015. That decision is expected any moment, with a highly-regarded national writer reporting last week that it was a virtual certainty that he would accept.
There will also be inevitable changes to the roster, which began Monday with four players heading into the MLS's Re-Entry Draft.
"I don't think this team is going to be changed in any large way," Kreis said following Saturday's loss. "Again you have gotten too successful to really do anything else. There's a ton of really young, talented players with this group."
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