Matt Montgomery

  • joined Jul 20, 2011
  • last login Apr 14, 2014
  • posts 781
  • comments 685

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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Off the Crossbar, Episode 7

We hope you're in for the long haul, because there's a lot to talk about this week on Off the Crossbar. Where to find Off the Crossbar iTunes | SoundCloud | Stitcher Follow @OTCPodcast I...

RSL academy notes: Creativity on full display

Real Salt Lake's under-17 side defeated Stoke City after a penalty shootout last night in the Generation Adidas Cup in their group stage. Some notes on that — who stood out, who made the biggest...

Watch: Real Salt Lake U-18s take on Stoke City

Real Salt Lake's U-18s are set for a pretty substantial matchup today in the Generation Adidas Cup. They face a Stoke City academy side from, well, Stoke. You know — the English one.

Set pieces: RSL's late concession against Union

I know we've been putting it off, but it's time to talk. That corner on Saturday? You know, that last one? That wasn't good enough. We all know it, and we know you don't feel any differently. But...

Carlos Salcedo called up for Mexico U-21s

Carlos Salcedo has been called up for the Under-21 Mexico national team for the first time, joining a strong contingent of young Real Salt Lake players with their youth national teams. Salcedo has...

Why are we in a panic about RSL's unbeaten start?

Why are we in a panic, people? I mean, not everyone is in a panic. But seeing reaction to Saturday's 2-2 draw against Philadelphia Union sure gives that sensation. All over, people are fretting...

RSL concede late goal, draw 2-2 with Philadelphia

Real Salt Lake conceded a late goal against Philadelphia Union to draw 2-2 on the road in a back-and-forth match that, once it hit full speed, never really slowed down. Olmes Garcia won a penalty...

Beltran, Wingert return to lineup v Philadelphia

Tony Beltran and Chris Wingert both return to the lineup today, but Nick Rimando and Luis Gil will both miss out against Philadelphia Union through injury. The return of both Beltran and Wingert...

Three things to watch for against Philadelphia

I know it seems a bit like homework — and I promise, it's not entirely that — but let's ask some questions before today's match against Philadelphia Union, and let's circle back on them...

Who steps in for Luis Gil?

With Luis Gil in doubt for Saturday's match against Philadelphia Union with what now seems to be a hamstring injury, we'll be reshuffling the midfield a little. Thus far, he's been the right-sided...

Off the Crossbar, Episode 6

We're back with another episode! With a match against the Philadelphia Union coming on Saturday, we talk to an opposition expert.

Lopez, Allen named to US U-20 squad

Benji Lopez and Jordan Allen have been called up to the United States U-20 national team for the Dallas Cup, rendering Real Salt Lake one of the most relevant clubs to the national team right now. ...

RSL injury concerns easing after rough weekend

Real Salt Lake's booming injury crisis seems to be easing already, with a handful of players closing in on a return to action.


Justen Glad to join RSL in summer

Justen Glad, our newest signing, is away with the United States under-18 national team, but that didn't stop him from giving his first interview as a Real Salt Lake player. Glad won't be with RSL...

RSL's not creating chances, but does that hurt us?

We're not creating chances, and that needs to change. Real Salt Lake is third-to-last in chances created per game in our first five matches. According to Squawka data, We've seen only 7.6 chances...

Dom Dwyer hates RSL, runs his mouth at Rimando

We already knew Dom Dwyer hated RSL — he made sure everyone knew about that before the match, going on about how he "hates (RSL) very much" — but his tweet to Nick Rimando takes the cake. @...

RSL draws 0-0 at Sporting Kansas City

Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City played to a goalless draw, but it was Kansas City who might feel more aggrieved by the single point. Jeff Attinella, in for an injured Nick Rimando, was R...

Rimando, Beltran out for SKC match

Nick Rimando and Tony Beltran have both been left out against Sporting Kansas City today in a somewhat surprising move by Jeff Cassar. Rimando is reportedly dealing with a knee concern following...

Pre-match thread: Sporting KC v RSL

Real Salt Lake faces our old-time rivals, Sporting Kansas City- Scratch that. Real Salt Lake will try to reclaim a bit of pride from - Scratch that, too. Real Salt Lake faces Sporting Kansas...

RSL signs Justen Glad, according to reports

Update: That was quick. Chris Kamrani, Salt Lake Tribune reporter on the RSL beat, says the club has signed Glad. Breaking: The Tribune has learned that Real Salt Lake has signed 17-year-old...

Injuries largely easing ahead of SKC

Saturday's match against Sporting Kansas City brings with it only a cursory amount of uncertainty about our lineup, ensuring that we're likely to see a nearly squad-complete rematch of December's tragic, despair-inducing MLS Cup final.


Garth Lagerwey ups the ante with SKC

Remember those tweets from Sporting Kansas City's Jacob Peterson (you know — the one telling our brilliant general manager Garth Lagerwey not to "eat his feelings"?) and Eric Kronberg (the...

Off the Crossbar, Episode Five

We won big on Saturday against Toronto FC, so we're in a celebratory mood with this week's podcast. We talk that 3-0 over Toronto FC, the upcoming rematch against Kansas City, and our international...

Real Salt Lake set for heavy representation for US

Tonight's match against Mexico is one of those matches that are ostensibly "friendly" but rarely end up anything but (though one might wonder if, with the U.S. rescuing Mexico's World Cup hopes...

Goal Breakdown: Gil scores scrappy, pretty goal

Luis Gil scored a scrappy goal on Saturday in Real Salt Lake's 3-0 win over Toronto FC, but the build-up was anything but. We take you through one of our prettiest ugly goals of the season.

RSL to rebrand? Sources say yes

In a surprising but not unprecedented move, Real Salt Lake may be rebranding following extreme reactions to the name chosen by former owner Dave Checketts.

Trib reporter: Tony Beltran called up for USMNT

Tony Beltran may be rewarded for his early season form for Real Salt Lake with a recall to the U.S. Men's National Team, according to Salt Lake Tribune reporter Chris Kamrani, who first reported...

Real Salt Lake thumps Toronto FC in complete win

Real Salt Lake produced their best display of the still-young season with a 3-0 win over high-flying Toronto FC, and with two first-half goals keeping the result safe from the early moments. A...

Strong RSL lineup expected for Toronto FC matchup

If you were to look at the injury list ahead of tomorrow's match against Toronto FC, you would be forgiven for starting to worry. That list is ten players long, and it includes some key names.

So you want to make a tifo: Making a two-pole

Rick Walker, all-around good guy and a maker of some of the fine displays you see in section 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium, handed us this guide to making your own two-pole tifo.

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