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Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake 2010.svg
Full name Real Salt Lake
Founded 2004
Stadium Rio Tinto Stadium
Sandy, Utah
Ground Capacity 20,213[1]
Owner Dell Loy Hansen
Head Coach Jeff Cassar
League Major League Soccer
2014 Western Conference: 3rd
Overall: 4th
Playoffs: Western Conference Semifinals
Website Club home page
Current season

Real Salt Lake (RSL) is an American professional soccer club based in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The team competes as a member of the Western Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS). They play their home games at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake won the 2009 MLS Cup and were runners-up of the 2013 MLS Cup, the 2010 MLS Supporters Shield, the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League, and the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The team's head coach is former MLS goalkeeper Jeff Cassar.


Early years[edit]

Robbie Russell (in red) playing for Real Salt Lake.
For more details on this topic, see History of Real Salt Lake.

Real Salt Lake became the twelfth MLS franchise when Major League Soccer awarded an expansion franchise on July 14, 2004, to SCP Worldwide, headed by Dave Checketts. Jason Kreis became the first player in RSL history, coming in a trade from the Dallas Burn. Other notable players that played in RSL's early years includes veterans Clint Mathis, Eddie Pope and Jeff Cunningham.

RSL began play on April 2, 2005, by coach John Ellinger, in a windy, rain-soaked[2] game against New York MetroStars at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, which ended in a tie. The following week, Jason Kreis scored the first goal in franchise history in a 3-1 loss to LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. RSL returned to Utah to play its first-ever home match on April 16. Before 25,287 fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Brian Dunseth scored a header in the 81st minute to deliver a 1-0 victory over the rival Colorado Rapids.[3] The season was mostly a disappointment, however, with the team setting a league record by posting a 557-minute scoreless streak (later broken by Toronto FC). They were also on a 10-game losing streak before managing a 2–2 draw on the road against San Jose Earthquakes. The first season finished with a record of 5-22-5 for Real Salt Lake.

In 2006, Real Salt Lake's second MLS season, the team recorded five losses and one tie in the first six matches of the season. RSL had gone 18 consecutive matches without a victory—the longest winless streak in MLS history. The team managed two wins and four draws in their last eight matches, but failed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing with a 10-13-9 record. Cunningham provided most of Real's highlights during the up-and-down 2006 season. He had come to Salt Lake from Colorado in exchange for Mathis, who had been a major disappointment for RSL.

Jason Kreis era: 2007–2013[edit]

Real Salt Lake boasted a formidable attack with Cunningham and Kreis up front, joined by recently signed Panamanian international Luis Tejada. They were supported by veteran talent in the midfield and defense, such as Chris Klein, Carey Talley, and newly arrived goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Their first game of the 2007 MLS season, RSL controlled throughout, but a fluke goal by Carlos Ruiz in the final minute of stoppage time salvaged a 2–2 draw for FC Dallas on Real's home turf. Apparently devastated, RSL appeared lifeless as they were outscored 6–0 in their next three games. In a stunning move, Ellinger was fired[4] and replaced by Kreis, who immediately retired as a player. Also, general manager Steve Pastorino resigned and was later replaced by Garth Lagerwey. The franchise launched a massive re-construction project that continued throughout the year. The team finished with a disappointing 6–15–9 record, missing the playoffs yet again.

In the 2008 MLS season, working with new General Manager Garth Lagerwey, RSL added several key players including Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Findley, Javier Morales, Nat Borchers and Jamison Olave from the previous season. As Real established chemistry together, they emerged as a force to be reckoned with—at least in Salt Lake. Their home record improved drastically over previous years. Through the regular season, that record ended at 8-1-6. The team's home field advantage improved dramatically in October with the opening of Rio Tinto Stadium, the new soccer-specific stadium in Sandy. Finishing 2008 with a 10–10–10 record, RSL advanced to the playoffs for the first time.[5] RSL advanced past Chivas USA in the first round, winning 1-0 at home and drawing 2–2 on the road. The season ended in disappointing fashion, however, as New York Red Bulls handed RSL a rare home loss in the Western Conference Final, ending Real's postseason run.

In the 2009 MLS season, RSL progressed in much the same way as 2008. Like the previous season, RSL proved nearly invincible at home, having a 9–1–5 record in Rio Tinto Stadium, with a record-setting +23 goal differential. However, the team struggled to maintain form during road games. In the final weeks of the regular season, RSL found itself in a five-way battle for the final two spots in the MLS playoffs—with Salt Lake having the fewest points of the five teams. However, thanks to a 3–0 victory over Colorado in the final game of the regular season, combined with a miraculous series of results in several other matches around the league,[6] RSL clinched the 8th and final position in the 2009 MLS playoffs. Despite finishing with a losing record overall (11-12-7), the team was granted the last spot over two other teams through a tie-breaker formula (the Rapids and D.C. United also finished the year with 40 points each). Real Salt Lake would later on win the 2009 MLS Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy in the November 22 final at Qwest Field. RSL played the L.A. Galaxy to a 1–1 tie through overtime and won the MLS Cup (5–4 on penalties) to complete the upset. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando was named Man of the Match.[7] The victory in the 2009 MLS Cup qualified RSL for the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League.

On September 4, 2010, Real Salt Lake tied the MLS record set by the Columbus Crew the year prior (2008–2009) of 22 straight unbeaten games at home by beating the New York Red Bulls 1–0. Real Salt Lake has not lost a league game at home since May 2009. On October 16, 2010 Real Salt Lake improved their home unbeaten streak to 25 games in a row after beating the FC Dallas 2–0. This win gave Real Salt Lake the most consecutive home games without a loss in MLS history.[8][9] This streak was ended at 29 games on May 28, 2010, with their loss to the Seattle Sounders FC. RSL simultaneously tied the record for a Single Season Home Unbeaten Streak with zero losses in Rio Tinto Stadium in the 2010 regular season. This tied the only other standing Single Season Home Unbeaten Streak, held by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2005 season.[10] Real Salt Lake finished second in the race for the Supporters Shield with a (15-4-11) record, but exited to FC Dallas in the first round of the playoffs. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando led the league with 14 shutouts, and Jámison Olave was named MLS Defender of the Year. For the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League, As MLS Cup champions, Real Salt Lake were placed in Group A of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League with Cruz Azul of Mexico, Toronto FC of Canada and Arabe Unido of Panama. Real Salt Lake won the game 2–1 with both goals scored by Alvaro Saborio. Real Salt Lake ended the first round at first place in Group A. This win also made Real Salt Lake the first ever MLS club to win its group in the CONCACAF Champions League.[11]

RSL continued their run in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League to face Columbus Crew in a two-game series. The first game ended a 0–0 tie against Columbus Crew in Columbus. In the second game, Real Salt Lake defeated the Crew 4–1 back home on March 1, 2011 at Rio Tinto Stadium to advance to the semifinals. The win over Columbus made Real Salt Lake the first ever American team to advance past the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, although two American have previously won the CONCACAF Champions Cup(LA Galaxy and DC United). RSL would then continue and faced Saprissa in the tournament. On March 15, 2011, Real Salt Lake beat Saprissa 2–0 in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals at Rio Tinto Stadium. The second match of the series, RSL lost 2–1 in Costa Rica in April. However, this was enough for Real to advancement to the CONCACAF Champions League Final having an aggregate score of 3–2. Real Salt Lake became the first MLS team to ever reach the CONCACAF Champions League Finals. Real Salt Lake played their first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final at Estadio Tecnológico against CF Monterrey. RSL's Javier Morales was able to score an equalizing goal in the 89th minute, ending the game in a 2–2 draw. The second leg of the final was held on April 27, 2011, at Rio Tinto Stadium; Monterrey's Humberto Suazo scored the only goal of the game, giving Monterrey a 3–2 aggregate victory.[citation needed]

In their 2011 MLS season, Real Finished the regular season with a (15–11–8) record being third in the Western Conference, once again advancing to the MLS Playoffs. RSL defeated Seattle Sounders (3–2) aggregate in their two-game series, advancing to Face the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Conference Finals. In that game, RSL lost (3–1) to LA, being eliminated from the playoffs. RSL qualified for the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League since LA had won both the 2011 MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield, allowing RSL to compete in the tournament having the next best record.[12]

In 2012, Real had a successful year being second in the Western conference during the regular season. In the playoffs, RSL faced Seattle once again in the semi-finals in a home-and-home series. Their first match was a 0–0 tie. Seattle defeated Real in the second game (1–0), having RSL eliminated from the playoffs. In the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions' League, RSL were placed in Group 2 with Herediano and Tauro. Real couldn't advance past the group stage and were eliminated from the tournament.[13]

In 2013, Real Salt Lake and Rio Tinto Stadium became under the full ownership of Dell Loy Hansen, a Salt Lake City real estate investor and formerly the club's minority owner. Hansen acquired full ownership from former owner and club creator Dave Checketts.[14] The club traded key players Jonny Steele, Jámison Olave, Fabián Espíndola and Will Johnson.[15] RSL had a good season with a 16–10–8 (W-L-T) record being second place in the Western Conference. Real made it to the 2013 U.S Open cup final where they would face DC United. Real Salt Lake ultimately were defeated to D.C United in the final. They were also contenders for the 2013 MLS Supporters' Shield along with Sporting Kansas City until NY Red Bulls won the Shield, being the franchises' first ever major trophy won. Real Salt Lake played in the 2013 MLS Cup, losing to Sporting Kansas City in the final on a dramatic series of penalty kicks. Ultimately this season has been a season of missed opportunities for RSL. During the offseason following the defeat in the 2013 MLS Cup, It was revealed that Jason Kreis would not return to Real Salt Lake, accepting the offer from New York City FC being their first ever coach of the new club.[16] Later on in the offseason, Real Salt Lake announced that long time assistant coach Jeff Cassar would succeed Kreis as RSL's head coach.[17]

Jeff Cassar era: 2014–present[edit]

Despite coach Kreis' departure to New York City FC, the club finished in third place in the Western Conference with Cassar as head coach. RSL finished with a record of 15 wins, 11 draws and 8 losses, totaling 56 points, 8 behind the 2014 Supporters' Shield winners Seattle Sounders FC in the conference standings. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, RSL was eliminated in the Western Conference Semifinals by LA Galaxy 5–0 on aggregate. LA Galaxy would go on to win the 2014 MLS Cup.

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's official colors are claret Red, cobalt blue, and real gold.[18]

Kit evolution[edit]

Home, away, and third kits.[19]

  • Home
2014–2015 [20][21]
  • Away
  • Third/special

For a history of players numbers see Real Salt Lake Jersey History.


Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL's home stadium since 2008

In 2005 a soccer-specific stadium for the team was approved for Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City. However, funding for the stadium was still hard to come by. A vote in early 2006 struck down a funding proposal for the stadium. However, Tom Dolan, the mayor of Sandy, said that he would not give up on his fight to approve the proposal in Sandy. The funding plan was revised, but was struck down later in 2006 over disagreements in the appropriation of millions of hotel-tax dollars for a financially unproven sports franchise. The proposal for Sandy was declared "dead" by Checketts at that point, putting the team's future in doubt. Dave Checketts said that he wanted the team to remain in Utah, but would sell it if a proposal was not put forward by August 12, 2006.

Parties from several cities, including Rochester, New York and St. Louis, Missouri, expressed interest in purchasing the franchise and moving it. Other stadium sites in the area were also proposed, including the Utah State Fairgrounds in Salt Lake City, and the tiny town of Vineyard, just west of Provo. Finally, on the very day Checketts had set as a deadline to have a stadium plan in place or decide to sell the team, and after months of up and down discussions with local municipalities, county, and state officials and a change in the funding structure, a tacit agreement between Checketts, Sandy City, and Salt Lake County was put in place, and Real Salt Lake announced that they would move forward with the construction of Real Salt Lake Stadium,[22] which would ultimately be named Rio Tinto Stadium. The groundbreaking, coinciding with the Xango Cup, Real's match against international power Real Madrid, took place that afternoon featuring elected leaders, team officials, as well as the entire rosters of both Real Salt Lake and Real Madrid. On August 15, the deal was officially approved by the Salt Lake County Council.[23]

The stadium plan encountered difficulties however after the Debt Review Committee of Salt Lake County voted against the stadium proposal 4–0 on January 26, 2007, citing what they saw as Real Salt Lake's financial inviability as the reasoning behind the lack of support. County mayor Corroon concurred with the DRC and the stadium plan was effectively killed on January 29, 2007. In response Real Salt Lake's owner announced the team would be sold and likely move out of the Salt Lake area after the 2007 season.[24]

The Sandy Stadium proposal was not completely dead, however: a new stadium proposal was made on February 2, that would divert 15 percent, roughly $2 million a year, of the county's hotel taxes to the stadium project beginning in July until 2017.[25] Such a deal would have to have been made by February 9, or the deal would have been completely off.[26] The bill was passed by the State Senate.[27]

After Governor Huntsman made a move that would allow the team to remain in Salt Lake County: the Utah House approved House bill 1SHB38, by a 48–24 margin, effectively approving $35 million towards the development of Real Salt Lake's new home. The governor was expected to sign the bill,[28] and ultimately did so.

Sandy City, along with the state of Utah and representatives of the team, finally came to an agreement regarding the placement of the Real stadium. The deal was shot down about a week prior to the agreement by the Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon saying it was too risky. However, Utah's governor, Jon Huntsman, Jr. said that soccer was here to stay. The $110 million stadium was built in Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Rossetti's California office was the architecture firm responsible for the design of the new stadium. The stadium's opening date was set for October 9, 2008, when Real Salt Lake hosted the New York Red Bulls.[29]

Club culture[edit]


The title "Real" (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal]) is a Spanish word which means "royal" in English. The term is usually used by Spanish clubs who have received royal patronage from a reigning Spanish king, the most famous of which would include Real Madrid, Real Betis and Real Sociedad. In choosing the name "Real", owner Dave Checketts intended to create a brand name that would become well known for its simplicity, as well as an association with the world-famous club in Madrid that the club had been striving toward.[30]

Local reaction to the new team's name was initially met with mixed feelings, as fans believed that using a traditionally Spanish name was akin to a move of cultural appropriation.[31][32] On top of that, some thought that the name sounded contrived, and did not truly reflect the Salt Lake area, with other team names such as "Highlanders", "Salt Lake SC", or "Union SLC" being more preferred. However, in recent years, reaction to the name has cooled, with the team establishing its identity as a representative of Salt Lake.[33][34]

Planned association with Real Madrid[edit]

In September 2006, representatives from both Real Salt Lake and Real Madrid signed a 10-year cooperative agreement, in which the two clubs agreed to work together to promote soccer throughout both Utah and the United States. Among the provisions included in the deal were a biennial friendly match between the two teams, to take place in Salt Lake City; annual February training for the RSL squad at Real Madrid's practice facility in Spain, and the creation of a $25 million youth academy in Salt Lake City that would train up to 200 players, ranging from ages 12 to 18.[35][36] However, in recent years, the deal has seemed to have been dissolved by the two sides, as none of the agreed upon provisions have come true: only one friendly match was ever played between the two sides, in 2006 (which the Madrid side won 2–0), and the planned soccer complex between the two has not come to fruition, with Salt Lake developing and opening an academy on its own in Casa Grande, Arizona, in 2010.[37][38]


For more details on this topic, see Rocky Mountain Cup.

The main rival of Real Salt Lake is the Colorado Rapids, with the two teams being the closest to each other geographically, and also competing for the annual Rocky Mountain Cup. Competition first began upon Salt Lake's entry into Major League Soccer in 2005, with the cup itself being awarded by a bi-partisan "Committee of 10", made up of fans from each respective club. Although dominated by the Rapids early on, Salt Lake has since taken a 7-3 series lead over their rivals, and are the current holders of the cup, having won it during the 2014 season.

The team also maintains smaller, fan-driven rivalries with both the Los Angeles Galaxy, whom they defeated in the 2009 MLS Cup final and were runner-up to for the 2010 MLS Supporters Shield, as well as Sporting Kansas City, whom they were defeated by in the 2013 MLS Cup.

Supporters groups[edit]

Real Salt Lake has eight official supporters groups: The Loyalists, Rogue Cavaliers Brigade (RCB), Salt City United (SCU), Section 26, La Barra Real, Union de Real, The Royal Pride (TRP),[39] and The Royal Army.[citation needed] Except for Section 26 and The Royal Army (which is dispersed throughout the stadium), all supporters groups sit in the south stands.[citation needed]


Leo the Lion on his throne at a "Meet the Players" event, Aug 2010

Leo the Lion is the official mascot of Real Salt Lake.[citation needed]

Club anthem[edit]

In 2011, Branden Steineckert, drummer of punk band Rancid and an avid supporter of Real Salt Lake, composed the song "Believe" in honor of the club. Initially posted on YouTube, the song has since been adopted as the team's official anthem, being sung at the beginning of every home game, as well as after all goals scored by RSL.[40]

Real Salt Lake has a good community feel. One way the club gets the community involved is by having a "Hero Among Us" before each match. The person can be anyone from a military member, teacher, firefighter, etc. The "Hero Among Us" is presented at the beginning of the game. This gives supporters time to recognize him or her. Now this person is honored for their positive impacts in the community. The "Hero Among Us" is presented with game tickets and a personalized jersey. Those are courtesy of American Express.[41]

Revenue and profitability[edit]

As Real Salt Lake is a small-market team, one of the team's biggest challenges is bringing in enough revenue to remain competitive.[42] Opening Rio Tinto Stadium in October 2008 provided a significant revenue boost to the team. Real Salt Lake went from 4,000 season-ticket holders before October 2008, to 8,750 in 2012, and passed 10,000 in 2013.[42]


Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2007-2013 Adidas XanGo
2014-0000 LifeVantage

RSL has a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with LifeVantage.[43][44] It previously had a multi-million dollar deal with XanGo a nutritional supplements company based in Utah, to carry the XanGo logo on the front of RSL jerseys from the 2007 season until 2014.[45] Additional sponsors include JetBlue Airways[46] and Maverik, Inc.[47]


Radio broadcasts air on KALL AM 700 (English) and KTUB AM 1600 (Spanish).

As of the 2015 season, Sinclair Broadcast Group holds television rights to Real Salt Lake games that are not aired by Major League Soccer's national television partners. The telecasts are produced by Sinclair's American Sports Network unit, and feature pre- and post-game coverage. Sinclair's Utah stations KUTV and KMYU serve as the team's flagship stations, and telecasts are syndicated to other Sinclair-owned stations in the region, and non-Sinclair stations in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Tucson.[48]

Players and staff[edit]

For details on former players, see All-time Real Salt Lake roster.

Current roster[edit]

As of August 21, 2015[49]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Fernández , LaloLalo Fernández      Mexico
2 Defender Beltran, TonyTony Beltran      United States
3 Defender Kavita, PhanuelPhanuel Kavita (HGP)     Democratic Republic of the Congo
4 Defender Olave, JámisonJámison Olave      Colombia
5 Midfielder Beckerman, KyleKyle Beckerman (Captain)     United States
6 Defender Okwuonu, BoydBoyd Okwuonu      United States
7 Midfielder Allen, JordanJordan Allen (HGP)     United States
8 Forward Plata , JoaoJoao Plata (DP)     Ecuador
10 Midfielder Gil, LuisLuis Gil (GA)     United States
11 Midfielder Morales, JavierJavier Morales      Argentina
12 Defender Vásquez, ElíasElías Vásquez      Guatemala
13 Forward García, OlmesOlmes García      Colombia
14 Defender Glad, JustenJusten Glad (HGP)     United States
16 Midfielder Pecka, Pecka      Brazil
17 Defender Phillips, DemarDemar Phillips      Jamaica
18 Goalkeeper Rimando, NickNick Rimando      United States
19 Midfielder Mulholland, LukeLuke Mulholland      England
20 Midfielder Silva, LuisLuis Silva      United States
21 Defender Maund, AaronAaron Maund      United States
22 Forward Martínez , Juan ManuelJuan Manuel Martínez (DP)     Argentina
23 Forward Jaime , SebastiánSebastián Jaime (DP)     Argentina
24 Goalkeeper Attinella, JeffJeff Attinella      United States
26 Midfielder Ovalle, AdolfoAdolfo Ovalle (HGP)     United States
27 Midfielder Stertzer, JohnJohn Stertzer      United States
28 Defender Schuler, ChrisChris Schuler      United States
29 Defender Mansally, AbdoulieAbdoulie Mansally      Gambia
49 Forward Sandoval, DevonDevon Sandoval      United States
50 Midfielder Saucedo, SebastianSebastian Saucedo (HGP)     United States

Landmark appearances by players[edit]

  • Only regular season matches counted towards all-time records. Stats from MLS play offs, U.S. Open Cup, Super Liga, and CONCACAF Champions league are not included.
  • Players in bold are still active.
As of August 24, 2015

Retired numbers[edit]

Team captains[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes MLS regular Season, MLS Playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
As of August 24, 2015
All Time Real Salt Lake Coaching Stats
Coach Nation Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
John Ellinger United States 2005 Jan 2007 May 3 71 16 39 16 33.8%
Jason Kreis United States 2007 May 3 2013 December 10 261 112 85 64 55.2%
Jeff Cassar United States 2013 December 18 Present 68 27 21 20 54.4%
Rocky Mountain Cup 2011


Real Monarchs[edit]

Main article: Real Monarchs

On September 10, 2014, Real Salt Lake revealed plans for their own USL Pro team, which they plan to launch and begin play in the 2015 USL season. The USL Pro club was officially revealed on November 3, 2014, as Real Monarchs Salt Lake City (SLC). The creation of Real Monarchs is to bridge a gap between the academies to the first level team.



In Progress
Year Regular season MLS Cup Playoffs U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions' League
2005 5th, West (5–22–5) DNQ 3R DNQ
2006 6th, West (10-13-9) DNQ 4R DNQ
2007 6th, West (6-15-9) DNQ DNQ DNQ
2008 3rd, West (10–10–10) Conference Finals (Lost to New York Red Bulls 0-1) DNQ DNQ
2009 5th, West (11-12-7) Won MLS Cup {LA Galaxy 1-1 (5-4 on penalty kicks)} DNQ DNQ
2010 2nd, West (15-4-11) Conference Semifinals {Lost FC Dallas 2-3 (on aggregate goals)} DNQ Runner-up (2010–11)
2011 3rd, West (15-11-8) Conference Finals {Lost LA Galaxy 1-3} Quarter-Finals DNQ (2011–12)
2012 2nd, West (17-11-6) Conference Semifinals {Lost Seattle Sounders FC 0-1 (on aggregate goals)} 3R Group stage (2012–13)
2013 2nd, West (16-10-8) Runners Up MLS Cup {Sporting Kansas City 1-1 (6-7 on penalty kicks)} Runners Up DNQ (2013–14)
2014 3rd, West (15-8-11) Conference Semifinals {Lost LA Galaxy 0-5 (on aggregate goals)} 4R Did not qualify (2014–15)
2015 Semifinals Group Stage
2015-16 (in progress)

Year-by-year stats[edit]

As of August 24, 2015
Year League record Top scorer
P W L D F A GD Pts Name G S.S.
2005 32 5 22 5 30 65 -35 20 Jason Kreis 90 11/12
2006 32 10 13 9 45 49 -4 39 Jeff Cunningham 16 10/12
2007 30 6 15 9 31 45 -14 27 Chris Brown 50 12/13
2008 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1 40 Yura Movsisyan 70 7/14
2009 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8 40 Robbie Findley 12 8/15
2010 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25 56 Álvaro Saborío 12 2/16
2011 34 15 11 8 44 36 +8 53 Álvaro Saborío 11 3/18
2012 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11 57 Álvaro Saborío 17 5/19
2013 34 16 10 8 57 41 +16 56 Álvaro Saborío 12 4/19
2014 34 15 8 11 54 39 +15 56 Joao Plata 13 4/19
2015 26 8 10 8 29 38 -9 32 Javier Morales 6 /19
Total 346 128 126 92 464 442 +22 475 Álvaro Saborío 63

All-time regular season records[edit]

  • Players in Bold are still active
  • Only regular season matches played with Real Salt Lake counted towards all-time records. Stats from MLS play offs, U.S. Open Cup, Super Liga and CONCACAF Champions league are not included.

Single season records[edit]

Indicates active streak
Player still with RSL
  • Only regular season matches played with Real Salt Lake counted towards all-time records. Stats from MLS play offs, U.S. Open Cup, Super Liga and CONCACAF Champions league are not included.
As of August 24, 2015

Other team records and honors[edit]

Hat tricks[edit]

September 29, 2012 vs Chivas USA (Win 4-0), MLS;
July 27, 2013 vs. New York Red Bulls (Loss 3-4), MLS

CONCACAF Champions League results[edit]

0–0–0 Win–Loss–Draw
* No games played
0-0-0 Games to be played
  • Did not qualify for Champions League tournament in years not listed
  • Win %- Number of wins divided by number of games played (ties count as half a win)
  • Games decided by a PK Shoot out counted as win or loss not Draw.
As of August 5, 2015
Club 2010-11 2012-13 2015-16 Totals Games Played Win % G A GD
Panama Árabe Unido 2-0-0 * * 2-0-0 2 100% 5 3 +2
United States Columbus Crew 1-0-1 * * 1-0-1 2 75% 4 1 +3
Mexico Cruz Azul 1-1-0 * * 1-1-0 2 50% 7 6 +1
Costa Rica Herediano * 0-1-1 * 0-1-1 2 25% 0 1 -1
Mexico Monterrey 0-1-1 * * 0-1-1 2 25% 2 3 -1
Guatemala Municipal * * 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 100% 1 0 +1
El Salvador Santa Tecla * * 0-0-0 0-0-0 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Costa Rica Saprissa 1-1-0 * * 1-1-0 2 50% 3 2 +1
Panama Tauro F.C. * 2-0-0 * 2-0-0 2 100% 3 0 +3
Canada Toronto FC 1-0-1 * * 1-0-1 2 75% 5 2 +3
Totals 6-3-3 2-1-1 1-0-0 9-4-4 17 64.7% 30 18 +12

MLS records[edit]

  • Fewest goals allowed: 20[51] (previous record 23, Houston 2007)
  • Overall goal difference: +25[51] (previous record +22, San Jose 2005 and D.C. United 2007)
  • Home goal difference: +24[51] (previous record +23, Real Salt Lake 2009)
  • Total home points (30-game season): 37[51] (previous record 35, Columbus 2009)
  • Fewest home losses: 0[51] (equals previous record set by San Jose in 2005)
  • Fewest home goals allowed: 7[51] (previous record 8, Colorado 2004)[52]

Player awards[edit]

Awards given by MLS to Real Salt Lake players:

MLS Best XI:

Average season attendance[edit]

Season Reg. season MLS playoffs
2005 18,935 DNQ
2006 16,366 DNQ
2007 15,960 DNQ
2008 16,179 17,364
2009 16,375 11,499
2010 17,095 19,324
2011 17,594 17,067
2012 19,153 19,657
2013 19,362 18,187
2014 20,351 20,713

DNQ = Did Not Qualify



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