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RSL announces preseason schedule

Posted on 26 January 2009 by kali

Real Salt Lake released its preseason schedule on Monday, confirming the team’s participation in the Carolina Challenge Cup in March.

Players are expected to be in Salt Lake City for physicals and fitness testing later this week and remain in Utah until Feb. 2, when the team will travel to Southern California for a series of scrimmages.  RSL will then travel to Florida Feb. 18 before moving on to Charleston, S.C.,for the Carolina Challenge Cup on March 4. Preseason training will conclude with a final exhibition match on March 21, although the opponent and location have yet to be determined.

SuperDraft acquisitions Jean Alexandre,  Raphael Cox, and Futhi Bhembe are all on RSL’s preseason roster, while several additional players have also been invited to train with the team.  David Hertel (Michigan State), Kennedy Owusu-Ansah (Canada), and Alexander Viveros (Colombia) will be hoping to make the final roster.

RSL’s preseason schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Jan. 29: Players report to Utah for entrance physicals / fitness testing

Jan. 30-31: Training in Utah

Feb. 2-14: Preseason Trip to Oxnard and Ventura, California:

  • Sun., Feb. 8 – RSL vs. Ventura County Fusion – 8:00 p.m. MT
  • Fri., Feb. 13 – RSL vs. Shandong Luneng Taishan (China) – 5:00 p.m. MT
  • Sat., Feb. 14 – RSL vs. UCSB or CSU-SLO – 11:00 a.m. MT

Feb. 15-17: Training in Utah

Feb. 18-28: Preseason Trip to Tampa, Florida:

  • Sat., Feb. 21 – RSL vs. opp. TBD @ Univ. of South Florida – 5:00 p.m. MT
  • Tues., Feb. 24 – RSL vs. opp. TBD @ Univ. of Tampa – 5:00 p.m. MT

March 1-3: Training in Utah

March 4-15: Preseason Trip to Charleston, So. Car. – Carolina Challenge Cup:

  • Sat., March 7 – RSL vs. D.C. United – 3:00 p.m. MT
  • Wed., March 11 – RSL vs. Charleston – 5:15 p.m. MT
  • Sat., March 14 – RSL vs. Toronto FC – 3:00 p.m. MT

Saturday, March 21: Exhibition contest – Opponent/Site TBD

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