Matt Montgomery

  • joined Jul 20, 2011
  • last login Aug 29, 2014
  • posts 942
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Manager, RSL Soapbox; RSL blogger and nonsense-spouter. Vaguely ambivalent about the soccer-football divide. A rejector of popular narratives, often for no good reason.

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Nick Rimando called into USMNT v. Czech Republic

Our ever-loyal goalkeeper, Nick Rimando, has been named to the United States Men's National Team ahead of a match against Czech Republic on September 3, making him the only MLS-based player called...

Three things we learned about RSL reserves' loss


Real Salt Lake's reserves lost their penultimate game of the reserve league season, losing 1-0 to LA Galaxy, but more interesting things can be drawn from that match. Justen Glad is going to be...

Reserves notes: RSL deux takes on LA Galaxy II

We've got the penultimate Real Salt Lake reserves game of the season, and, wouldn't you just know it, the penultimate Real Salt Lake reserves game ever today. They'll be facing the creatively named...

Why RSL won't be signing any USMNT players soon


As sure as the winds change, MLS has provoked a bit of controversy in the last week during the ongoing Jermaine Jones saga. Which is just as well, really, as it gives us a reason to get incensed...

Sebastian Saucedo scoring for the US U-18s


Sebastian Saucedo scored the first goal on Thursday for the United States Under-18s against Czech Republic, and it's a beauty.

Should Chris Schuler be called into USMNT?

Chris Schuler has been, as they say, solid as a rock for Real Salt Lake. Not one of those particularly porous rocks, either. Chris Schuler isn't pumice. He isn't sandstone, either — he's not going...

Will Sebastian Jaime play against San Jose?


Sebastian Jaime is at Real Salt Lake, and he's been training. I know we're all excited about that, and we're all hopeful now that he'll earn minutes on Saturday against San Jose. And yes, I'm one...

Joao Plata called up to Ecuador national team


Joao Plata has been called up to the Ecuadorian national team for the first time since 2011, when won a single cap for his nation. He'll be part of a squad playing friendlies against Bolivia...

Three things we learned from RSL's loss to Dallas


Real Salt Lake lost 2-1 to FC Dallas last Friday, but the magnitude of the defeat seemed a bit stronger, with Dallas drawing even on points (and ahead on wins), and Seattle Sounders pulling away...

Three things to watch against FC Dallas


Real Salt Lake faces FC Dallas later today. Here are three things we'll be watching for against a team that's picking up steam behind us in the Western Conference. Last week we we watched for ... ...

Javier Morales to miss FC Dallas match


Real Salt Lake will be forced to trudge forward for another match without the talismanic Javier Morales, Jeff Cassar told reporters after training today. Well, actually, he didn't really say...

Goal Breakdown: Joao Plata does it again


It seems a little routine by this point, doesn't it? Joao Plata scoring with his head was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Thanks to a bit of magic on Saturday against Seattle Sounders,...

Real Salt Lake's under-24 corps: Who's your pick?


As journalists around MLS gear up for the annual "24 Under 24" — most have been putting in their ballots now — which leaves us with a nice opportunity to think about who have been our best players...

Hansen: "I think the odds are Garth will stay"


Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen says he wants to keep Garth Lagerwey at the club. Quite frankly, he's not the only one. We understand the difficulties of keeping a highly ambitious general...

Luis Gil, heir apparent


We've been hemming and hawing collectively about Luis Gil for the better part of his Real Salt Lake career, wondering what his best position was, and if it was a position we could support within...

Luke Mulholland's adaptation bearing fruit


I think it's time I eat a little crow: When Luke Mulholland came to the team, I was happy that we brought in a promising midfielder, but I doubted that he was really the answer to our problems...

Three things to watch for against Seattle Sounders


What we watched for last week Which strikers have a fire lit under them pending the arrival of Sebastian Jaime? Our forwards were good last week, even if Joao Plata was the only of them to score....

Goal Breakdown: Joao Plata scores with his head

Joao Plata scored perhaps the first headed goal of his career (maybe — I haven't checked, but we can be dead certain he didn't score one in such a spectacular way in any other Real Salt Lake game)...

What you need to know about RSL in USL Pro


This week on Off the Crossbar, we've talked to Trey Fitz-Gerald, Real Salt Lake's vice president of communications, about the upcoming USL Pro endeavor the club is undertaking. From that, we're...

Should RSL be looking at a 4-3-3?

When we played Club Tijuana in a friendly with little real consequence, we rolled out an exciting formational shift -- we once again played in a 4-3-3, and one with more of an attacking slant than...

RSL and USL Pro: What's in a name?


Just down that interstate running through our fair city sits LA Galaxy and their reserve USL Pro outfit, LA Galaxy II. With Real Salt Lake likely to take the USL Pro approach sooner rather than...

John Stertzer suffers fractured tibia v Xolos


Real Salt Lake midfielder John Stertzer will be out an estimated three to four months after sustaining a right tibia fracture during last night's friendly against Club Tijuana, RSL media has...

RSL, Xolos draw 1-1 in friendly (with great goal)


Real Salt Lake drew 1-1 in a friendly with Mexican outfit Club Tijuana, with the stories revolving around two great goals and a scary injury to midfielder John Stertzer. The most pressing concern,...

Goal Breakdown: Chris Schuler and his two

Chris Schuler has been named the MLS Player of the Week for last week, and given his very strong performance against DC United, this writer thinks he deserves it. In honor of that, let's break...

Ted Eck, former USMNT player, joins RSL staff


Former MLS player and LA Galaxy academy coach Ted Eck will join Real Salt Lake, according to a club-issued press release. Eck, 48, replaces Paul Dalglish, who departed for Austin Aztex last week,...

Kwame to NYCFC as RSL opens roster spot for Jaime


Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Real Salt Lake defender, is on his way to New York City FC to work with Jason Kreis, according to the club today. In exchange for Watson-Siriboe, who hasn't played for the...

Reactions to Nick Rimando's record-setting shutout


Nick Rimando has sealed his name in MLS history — or at least re-worked that seal and firmed it up a bit  — when he notched his 113th shutout in regular season MLS play. Inevitably, Real Salt Lake...

We got our man Jaime, but what happens next?


For a solid week (or perhaps slightly less than that) we sat around searching "Sebastian Jaime," "Seba Jaime" and "@sebajaime09" on Twitter for about 24 hours each of those days. Well, that's...

Three things to watch for against DC United


Tonight, we face a team that we'll want to seek revenge against: DC United, the current home of ex-RSL and current RSL villain, striker Fabian Espindola.

Highlights from Jaime's last Union interview


Sebastian Jaime gave his last interview to Unión Española's official website today, and thanks to the power of the internet and the kindness of strangers, we bring you a selection of highlights and...

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