Matt Montgomery

  • joined Jul 20, 2011
  • last login Jul 26, 2014
  • posts 895
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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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Beckerman starting against Portugal

Kyle Beckerman will start against Portugal today as the United States search for a second group stage win — a win that would give them a clear exit from a very difficult group stage. How exactly...

Beckerman: Klinsmann's tactical piece

Of all the players currently with the United States at the 2014 World Cup, few are more important to the tactical potency of the team than Kyle Beckerman. Beckerman has reached this point in part...

Off the Crossbar, Episode 16


Real Salt Lake may be on break, but Off the Crossbar isn't. We're back with another episode, this time about an awful loss, an amazing win, and MLS against the world.

2014 World Cup open thread, june 18


We're really enjoying this World Cup, even if the draws have started to enter consideration late here. Can this level of awesomeness be sustained through the Cup?

2014 World Cup open thread, June 17


We're still buzzing on the United States victory over Ghana, but the World Cup's not going to stop moving for us: More games today, and the group stage hits the second round. The games All times...

Beckerman huge in US win v. Ghana: Public opinion

We could talk all day about Kyle Beckerman's influence last night against Ghana, and to be honest, we probably will.

Kyle Beckerman starts against Ghana


Kyle Beckerman, 32, is starting his first World Cup match of his career.

2014 World Cup open thread: The big one


The games All times Mountain Daylight Time 10 a.m., Germany v. Portugal The two behemoths European sides in our group will present unique challenges for our country. Will Germany rise above what...

2014 World Cup open thread, June 15


Yesterday as a strong day of World Cup action, and while it's often far too easy to point at goal-filled matches as exciting, 13 scored in four was pretty cool. Today's got some relative unknowns...

Atlanta Silverbacks fell visiting RSL 2-1 in USOC


Atlanta Silverbacks notched a substantial victory at home over visiting Real Salt Lake tonight, winning 2-1 on a stoppage-time goal to progress in the US Open Cup. Kwadwo Puko scored the winner...

Three things to watch for against Atlanta


What we've been watching for Will Jeff Cassar deploy another 4-5-1 (or, if you will, a 4-2-3-1)? Well, no. But on the back of last week's loss to Portland, it couldn't have been significantly...

2014 World Cup open thread, June 14


Yesterday saw nearly five hours of brilliant soccer, and maybe today will be just as good. The matchups aren't necessarily the most marquee, but it's the ones that aren't that can be the most...

2014 World Cup open thread, June 13


The World Cup marches on after a controversial opening day; despite Brazil winning a penalty on a dive—who'd have thought?!—the world hasn't imploded, exploded, or gone through any other similar...

Off the Crossbar, Episode 15


The World Cup starts today, but don't let that keep you from the latest episode of Off the Crossbar, where we talk about Portland Timbers, Atlanta Silverbacks in the US Open Cup, the World Cup, and...

RSL in need of improved approach to succeed


After two losses in three games, we’ve learned some things about ourselves. Not only can we improve, but we really must improve in a few key areas. 1. Get the defensive midfielder involved in...

Attinella up for Save of the Week — again


Jeff Attinella is once again up for save of the week, which, really, is nice. It's nice to know that we have a goalkeeper capable of fantastic, last-ditch saves. It's nice that he's getting...

Three things to watch for against Portland Timbers


What we've been watching for Will our midfield, you know ... move? An excellent question, and the answer last week seemed to be 'yes' -- but as tentative a yes as we can offer. With a changed...

RSL, Portland: A match made in heaven, repeatedly


Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers are, I suppose, like a match made in heaven. I don’t know what kind of match, really, but some kind of match and it’s not entirely so bad. It might have...

Late goals are hurting RSL, but how much?


We’ve had an awful go at the last 15 minutes of games this year. I mean, except for that Chicago Fire game in which we came back from a 2-0 deficit and won — that one wasn’t so bad. But is it...

Off the Crossbar, Episode 14

Off the Crossbar is back with our 14th episode, and our first episode in which we discuss a loss. We talk Seattle Sounders, Columbus Crew, and Portland Timbers, all from our unfocused Real Salt...

RSL draw 1-1 on the road against Columbus Crew


Real Salt Lake scored their first goal in what seemed like ages but gave up a late goal against Columbus Crew to draw 1-1 on the road. Ethan Finlay equalized for Columbus Crew right around the...

The Great RSL Caper: Cassar forgoes the diamond


Well, it had to happen at some point. Jeff Cassar has forsaken the memory of Jason Kreis used the 18 players he has available to him and rolled out a non-diamond formation. The first major shock...

The lineup puzzle: Shuffling, sorting it out


Columbus Crew have won only a single game since April 1. It feels an awful lot like a cruel joke that we're the team on the back foot here, but being on the road again so quickly after a dismal...

Three things to watch for against Columbus Crew


We missed our 'three things to watch for' last week, which either had no effect, or, if you want to be a little more suspension-of-disbelief-y with me, it had a huge effect and we lost 4-0 to...

Cassar left with several choices against Seattle


Many important questions will be asked ahead of today’s match against Seattle Sounders, not least of which revolve around the lineup. Luke Mulholland or Luis Gil Luis Gil has been pushing...

Joao Plata with an outside chance to play Seattle


Joao Plata might not be so badly injured, it turns out. He’s traveling to Seattle, and he’ll be traveling to Columbus, and that all brings some joy to our day. There is no I in Plata There’s a...

Saborio reportedly suffers metatarsal fracture


Alvaro Saborio will miss the 2014 World Cup with a metatarsal fracture, according to reports out of Costa Rica and other Spanish-language media. Álvaro #Saborío sufre fractura en el quinto...

RSL to face Atlanta Silverbacks in US Open Cup

We already knew we were back in the US Open Cup, because thankfully, they don’t kick you out for losing in the final to the team that just couldn’t win. But now, we know our first opponent, and if...

Off the Crossbar, Episode 13

Another week, another not-loss, and another episode of Off the Crossbar. We’re back with talk about FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders, and a bit more.

How does RSL break down the bus?

If one great thing has come from the pantheon of European football (and there's certainly more than one great thing,) it's that blasted metaphor Jose Mourinho made so well-known.

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