Real Salt Lake entered the MLS with Chivas USA in 2005, and they’ve made the most of their time in the league. After a few rough years as the new expansion franchise, they turned it around and have been consistently great since then. They’ve made the playoffs every year since 2008. In fact in 2009 they were just the fifth seed in the west but beat Columbus, Chicago, and the powerhouse LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup to stun the league and win their first championship. They lost to LA in the conference finals in 2011 and lost the MLS Cup to Sporting KC last year, but they’re right back at it this season near the top of the Western Conference.
Alvaro Saborio, by far the team’s greatest scorer all time, leads the team for the fifth straight season this year. Midfielder Kyle Beckerman is the captain. While Seattle and Portland are known for being the MLS’ strongest new frontiers for success as a league, RSL has contributed to that plenty as well. A responsive fan base quickly made Utah one of the league’s strongest markets as well with some of the top attendance marks in the league the last few years. They play at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, a quick light rail ride away from downtown Salt Lake City. Definitely get out to ‘RioT’ to see one of the straight up best teams in the MLS at an RSL game! Gold Coast Tickets has the tickets to get you in!