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RSL vs. LA Galaxy, 2017 preseason: What we learned from RSL’s 0-1 loss to LA

RSL vs. LA Galaxy, 2017 preseason: What we learned from RSL’s 0-1 loss to LA

Is preseason over yet? Is it March 4th? Please? Some positives. Our attacking depth doesn’t look bad and I’m excited to see what carries into the future with the development of these players. This match wasn’t the most rip-roaring exciting time, but those depth guys are looking better each match. Jordan Allen and Joao Plata are looking great in those wide roles. They’re both playing incredibly well and the energy they bring to the team is infectious. There’s real potential for terrific plays and exciting goals. Allen and Beltran also linked up quite well down that right side...
RSL Soapbox Feb 17, 2017
$RSL stock report: Allen, Holness highlight RSL preseason

$RSL stock report: Allen, Holness highlight RSL preseason

With two preseason matches under their belt, we’re taking a look at RSL players’ preseason standing. Last time... I said Jordan Allen, Jose Hernandez and Joao Plata were on their way up. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out, certainly — of the three Js, only Jose Hernandez was really an unknown in our last report, and I’ve been a big fan of his for some time now. I’d argue that each of the three continued that rise through the last week, which featured two preseason matches. On their way up Jordan Allen has proven himself to be Real Salt Lake’s standout...
RSL Soapbox Feb 14, 2017
RSL’s beautiful preseason goals

RSL’s beautiful preseason goals

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! For your viewing (and downloading and messaging to your friends or posting on your social media) pleasure: RSL’s preseason goals. Jordan Allen scores against RBNY Smooth. Yura Movsisyan forces an own goal against San Jose Following through all the way to the end. Joao Plata free kick against Portland Looking forward to a lot more like this during the season. Luke Mulholland laser against Portland So pretty. Omar Holness going Luke against Portland Power and precision. Jordan...
RSL Soapbox Feb 1, 2017
Real Salt Lake vs. New York Red Bulls: Plata, Allen win Men of the Match

Real Salt Lake vs. New York Red Bulls: Plata, Allen win Men of the Match

RSL’s first preseason exhibition showed who’s ready to hit the ground running. RSL’s first preseason match against the New York Red Bulls did not show us a lot, but it did show us who is ready to hit the ground running. Preseason is somewhat unique because there are a lot of player combinations we likely won’t see in the regular season and wholesale substitutions at the half. For that reason, I will give two “Men of the Match” for these types of games. For the first half, Joao Plata looked like the best player on the field. He was head and shoulders above the rest, not literally...
RSL Soapbox Jan 24, 2017
Joao Plata signs contract extension at RSL

Joao Plata signs contract extension at RSL

Plata’s agent revealed the news, and the club confirmed it. When you have a chance as an organization to lock down a player like Joao Plata, you do it, right? According to an Instagram post by Plata’s agent, Gonzalo Vargas, Plata signed a new contract at Real Salt Lake. RSL Communications confirmed a contract extension and salary increase. He also says he’s an “jugador franquicia” — a “franchise player.” New contract ✍ Primer Ecuatoriano en convertirse en "jugador franquicia" de la MLS. Gracias por confiar crack A photo posted by Chalo Vargas (@chalovargas) on Jan...

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