4:26 AM EDT, Thu October 02, 2014

RSL notes: Cassar fined, Sabo called in and playoff scenarios

Jeff Cassar’s wallet is about to be thinned a bit. How much? We don’t know. Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee announced Wednesday that Real Salt Lake’s first-year head coach was fined an undisclosed amount for “improper bench behavior” in the 90th minute of RSL’s 2-1 loss at Vancouver on Sept. 27. Referee Alan Chapman awarded two penalty kicks to the Whitecaps Saturday evening. The first attempt — in the final minute of stopp...

RSL: Cassar weighs in on FIFA dates, friendly against Sacramento and more

Sandy • The chase will have a wrinkle. It was to be expected, but it will no doubt will affect the final six weeks of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. The two upcoming FIFA international dates — Oct. 10 and Oct. 14 — will likely weaken clubs in MLS as top players in the league will likely depart to respective national teams for friendlies. The United States men’s national team has two friendlies scheduled stateside: Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn., against Ecuador and anot...

RSL notes: Orlando wins draft day, facing Vancouver and injury updates

Sandy • It’s Orlando City Soccer Club — not former Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis — who will have first pick pick in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft on Dec. 10. The Lions beat out fellow Eastern Conference expansion side New York City FC in the draw Wednesday afternoon at Major League Soccer’s headquarters in New York City. The two incoming 2015 franchises had several choices in Wednesday’s split as the Expansion Draft, MLS SuperDraft, Allocation Ranking, Di...

Fairpark board wants to pursue discussions with Hansen, RSL

The Utah State Fairpark board is eager to pursue a partnership with Dell Loy Hansen and Real Salt Lake. That much is clear. But if the club’s owner and the Fairpark are to officially enter contract negotiations regarding the building of a potential minor-league soccer stadium to house the club’s USL Pro team, the Real Monarchs, other developments need to progress. Fairpark executive director Michael Steele said Monday the board came away extremely impressed after Hansen made his pitch on Sept...

RSL announces plans for massive video board at Rio Tinto Stadium

Sandy • The spectator experience inside Rio Tinto Stadium will receive a significant boost in 2015. On Thursday, Real Salt Lake and its him venue announced plans to construct a 4,200 square-foot full-high definition LED Daktronics video board on the south end of Rio Tinto Stadium. In an agreement with Daktronics, RSL and Rio Tinto will soon showcase the largest video board in Major League Soccer — one that will triple in size the north-end video board currently in Rio Tinto in Sandy. “The g...