SANDY – Real Salt Lake announced on Monday that the club will host Star Wars Day during its May 4 match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The 7 p.m. kickoff will feature interactive games, costumed characters and promotions inspired by George Lucas’ iconic film series.
Real Salt Lake fans who attend the match dressed in a Star Wars costume will have the opportunity to march on the field in the Parade of Kings, with up to 300 fans allowed on the Rio Tinto Stadium pitch for the pregame procession.
CHESTER, Pa. — The Philadelphia Union has reached a contract termination by mutual consent with star midfielder Freddy Adu.
Adu, who finalized the agreement on Monday, has signed with Esporte Clube Bahia, a Brazilian club, and the Union, in turn, acquired veteran Brazilian midfielder Jose Kleberson on loan from the same team.
Kleberson, 33, was on Brazil’s winning team in the 2002 World Cup, and has appeared in 32 matches for his country.
NEW YORK — Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee has suspended Real Salt Lake defender Abdoulie Mansally one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for head-butting D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen in the 61st minute of Saturday’s game.
RSL forward Alvaro Saborio was fined for arguing with a referee at the end of the game, a 1-0 win by DC.
Last updated Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 10:17pm
TUCSON, Ariz. — Real Salt Lake dropped the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup Final on Saturday night, conceding a second-half goal to fall to Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Saturday’s game was RSL’s final preseason contest. The Claret-and-Cobalt will return to Utah on Sunday to begin preparations for its March 3 MLS regular season opener at defending Supporters’ Shield winners San Jose Earthquakes.
RSL coach Jason Kreis ran out his first-choice lineup against a reserve-laden Sounders FC side, which played its starters on Friday in a friendly against Mexican side Veracruz.
SANDY – Real Salt Lake signed rookie forward Devon Sandoval on Tuesday.
Real Salt Lake traded up to draft Sandoval in the second round (29th overall) of January’s MLS SuperDraft. The University of New Mexico product has been impressive in preseason, starting all but one of RSL’s five matches thus far. RSL first became familiar with Sandoval when he trained with the Claret-and-Cobalt for a week last summer.
After nearly nine years of tireless effort to build Real Salt Lake into one of Major League Soccer’s most consistent franchises, team founder and majority owner Dave Checketts is moving on.
Checketts announced during a press conference at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday afternoon that he has sold his controlling interest in Sports Capital Partners Worldwide’s Utah-based properties to minority owner Dell Loy Hansen.