2:25 PM EDT, Tue October 21, 2014

MLS Commissioner Don Garber irate over comments from Jurgen Klinsmann

“Frustrating as hell.” That’s just one catchy phrase Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber used in a teleconference call Wednesday afternoon with national media on the heels of controversial comments made by U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann earlier this week. Prior to a friendly against Honduras Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla., Klinsmann, now in his fourth season as head coach of the USMNT, said he’s worried moves back to MLS by some of the country’s more high-profile players — pa...

RSL enters playoff mode, Plata stays hot and a potential CCL bid

“As far as we’re concerned, our playoff attitude starts now.” -Tony Beltran That is the general consensus surrounding Real Salt Lake. And it’s hard to think of the club entertaining anything else in mid-October. Two games remain on RSL’s 2014 regular-season slate. Friday’s match at Portland officially puts third-place RSL (14-8-10, 52 points) in postseason mode. The Timbers flat need a win, and anything less than three points would seriously hamper their c...

Trying to make sense of RSL’s potential playoff picture

In an ideal world, I’d already be perusing Travelocity or Expedia for decent deals on trips to potential cities for the kicking off of Real Salt Lake’s 2014 postseason. I may have already have my travel booked. In Major League Soccer, parity rules and anticipation is futile. Two regular-season matches remain and no one has any sort of clue what will happen out West and which clubs will face off the last week of October and early November. Suffice to say, MLS...

RSL notes: Schuler out until postseason, Donovan’s farewell and the Quakes

Sandy • Real Salt Lake will be without defender Chris Schuler at least until the club officially enters postseason play, that much coach Jeff Cassar confirmed Friday after training. Schuler suffered a broken nose and three separate fractures in his eye orbital bone in last Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Chivas USA after colliding with teammate Nat Borchers in the first half. The club has sought out several different opinions from several different ...

RSL notes: The wake-up call, FIFA dates and injury updates

Sandy • Kyle Beckerman described Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Chivas USA a “wake-up call” for Real Salt Lake, one the club possibly needed at this juncture of the season. In the club’s first day back at training since the lackluster outing, players and coaches spoke about the missed opportunity to clinch a playoff berth and provide further distance in the Western Conference. I asked the ever-honest Ned Grabavoy if “wake-up call” games do, in fact,...