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Matt Montgomery

  • joined Jul 20, 2011
  • last login Sep 01, 2014
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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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Why Sebastian Jaime could start against FC Dallas

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Will Saturday be the day for the man we can't stop talking about, Sebastian Jaime? With Joao Plata gone on international duty (congratulations, kid), Jeff Cassar will be looking at his options...

Three things to watch against San Jose Earthquakes

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Real Salt Lake takes on San Jose Earthquakes in what's sure to be a scintillating matchup, but one of the only names on our lips is Sebastian Jaime. If you couldn't tell, we're excited. Last week,...

Yordany Alvarez retires for medical reasons

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Yordany Alvarez, former Real Salt Lake midfielder and now-former Orlando City SC midfielder, has abruptly retired from the game for medical reasons, according to a press release from Orlando. A...

Breaking down San Jose: It's all about us

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Real Salt Lake faces San Jose Earthquakes tomorrow, a side that has often proved difficult to play against, and at times, been a real thorn in our side. But now we face them when they've been in...

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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"

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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...

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