SANDY, Utah (Friday, October 28, 2011) – The 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs get underway for Real Salt Lake (15-11-8, 53 pts.; No.3 seed in West)tomorrow, Saturday, October 29, when it hosts Leg One of its Western Conference Semifinal Series against Seattle Sounders FC (18-7-9, 63 pts.; No. 2 seed in West). Kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium for RSL’s postseason opener is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. MT. Tickets still remain for Saturday’s playoff clash and can be purchased over the phone at 801-727-2700, online at www.RealSaltLake.com or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office until 6:00 p.m. on Friday and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on gameday.
Carnival Real Starts Saturday’s Festivities at 6:00 p.m.
While Saturday marks the start of a different type of season for Real Salt Lake, the good times and giveaways at the Carnival Real pre-game festival on the East Lawn of Rio Tinto Stadium still remain the same, with Saturday’s action on the Rio Tinto Stadium East Lawn starting up at 6:00 p.m.Saturday’s Carnival activities will feature radio stations Juan 1600 and Mix 107.9 on-site as well as booths and activities presented by several of RSL’s partners, including:
Burger King (“Whopper Hopper” inflatable and Prize Wheel), Check City, Ford, KFC (Chuckin’ for Chicken), Continental Tires, Mountain America Credit Union (shooting challenge), State Farm, Utah Department of Public Safety (souvenir photo machine), Wasatch Property, XanGo (free samples) andXinsurance.
When Rio Tinto Stadium’s gates open to the public at 7:00 p.m., fans will have the opportunity to visit the State Farm, Utah Department of Public Safety (Designated Driver/Responsibility Has Its Rewards sign-up) and Comcast XFINITY booths in addition to the ESPN 700 on Rock 99.1-FM Pre-game Show, all located on the stadium’s Northeast Concourse. Fans can also get more information on how to spur on the best homefield advantage in Major League Soccer during Real Salt Lake’s 2012 campaign at the “RSL Seat Central” window, located on the East Concourse.
RSL Team Store “Special of the Week” Celebrates Success at “The Fortress”
The Real Salt Lake Team Store at Rio Tinto Stadium is doing some math that will benefit all fans of the Claret-and-Cobalt this weekend as, in honor of the Claret-and-Cobalt securing 34 points at “The Fortress” during the 2011 regular season campaign, the RSL Team Store is giving all fans 34% off all items in the store, with the exception of the line of pink Breast Cancer Awareness items. With items flying off the shelves as the playoff opener approaches, fans are advised to stop by the RSL Team Store to take advantage of this limited-time 34% off deal!
RSL faithful wishing to receive more information on any of the ever-expanding line of Claret-and Cobalt swag in the store are encouraged to dial the RSL Team Store Hotline at 801-727-2888, or visit the store in-person during regular business hours: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. MT, Monday-Saturday.
William Anderson to Be Honored as Saturday’s RSL/American Express “Hero Among Us”
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize William Anderson as Saturday’s recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor.
After being diagnosed in April with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Anderson was nominated for his courage, inspiring attitude and continued bright outlook on life. When he isn’t at the hospital, William spends his time playing soccer, being active outdoors, and even finds time to continue his schooling. He began his most recent treatment this week at Primary Children’s Medical Center, where his favorite mascot, Leo the Lion, came to visit.
Anderson’s treatments haven’t affected his love for soccer, however, as he can be found cheering on his team during their games, and hopes to join them back on the field next season. William would eventually like to follow in the footsteps of his favorite player, Kyle Beckerman, and suit up for Real Salt Lake.