Matt Montgomery

  • joined Jul 20, 2011
  • last login Jul 10, 2014
  • posts 879
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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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RSL set for Atlanta or Chattanooga visit in USOC


Our walk of shame back into the US Open Cup will start in a month's time, with RSL drawing the winner of the third round duel between NASL side Atlanta Silverbacks and NPSL amateurs Chattanooga FC.

Three things to watch for against Colorado Rapids


Last week, we watched for ... Will we finally win in Houston? Ha! The answer: Yes. Resoundingly yes. A million times, yes. Let’s celebrate. Will we defend set pieces properly? I mean, yeah, I...

Ten games in, Jeff Cassar showing real quality


We’re ten games into the season — and ten games into Jeff Cassar’s managerial career. Those ten games have seen Real Salt Lake struggle to score, concede late goals, and, by some miracle, remain...

Off the Crossbar, Episode 10

We’re ten episodes in to Off the Crossbar, and if you’re still on-board, thanks for listening. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover this week, so let’s get at it without too much further ado. W...

Grossman set for starts in Beckerman role


Kyle Beckerman is a vital cog in the way we play — some might argue his position is the one that separates our midfield from most other midfields in the league. Where many others in MLS use two...

Breaking down the first Javier Morales hat trick

Aged 34, Javier Morales scored his first career hat trick. It started in the first minute and ended in the 89th minute against the Houston Dynamo this weekend, and it deserves a bit of recognition...

Saborio named to Costa Rica's preliminary WC squad

Alvaro Saborio, all-time leading goalscorer for Real Salt Lake and a menace in the air, has unsurprisingly been named to Costa Rica's preliminary 30-man squad for the 2014 World Cup. Costa Rica...

Nick Rimando, king of penalties, saves yet another


It’s clear to us that Nick Rimando is very, very good at saving penalties. In fact, to find the last time he conceded a penalty in MLS for Real Salt Lake, we have to go back over a year to April...

Beckerman, Rimando named to preliminary WC squad

No surprises in the United States national team roster for Real Salt Lake: Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando have both been named to Jurgen Klinsmann's 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 World...

What you need to know about the new MLS TV deal


MLS announced a new and substantial TV deal with Fox Sports, ESPN and Univision today. That means some significant changes to broadcasts of our beloved league, so we take you through some of the details.

RSL win in Houston pivots on second-half sub

Real Salt Lake may have ruled the occasion at the final whistle against Houston Dynamo, winning 5-2 at the final whistle, but for a 30 minute period to start the second half, things were more than...


Javi scores fastest-ever RSL goal, 15 seconds in

Javier Morales broke one Real Salt Lake record today when he scored a fabulous chip over Houston Dynamo's Tally Hall to open the scoring. Fifteen seconds is all it took for Morales to break that...

Schuler out, Maund in for RSL against Houston


Chris Schuler misses out today through injury against Houston Dynamo, with Aaron Maund taking his place at the center of the defense. Schuler was reportedly experiencing soreness after the 3-2 win...

Three things to watch for against Houston Dynamo


Last week, we asked ourselves three questions about our match against Chicago Fire. Today, we try to answer some of those and ask ourselves three more for this match against Houston Dynamo.

Are we ready to lose some of our best players? No.

Are we prepared to lose three of our best players this season -- and of all-time, no doubt -- after this weekend? The simple is answer is, as you'd expect, simple. "Hardly," we might say. Shout,...

Off the Crossbar, Episode 9

We’re back once again with another episode of Off the Crossbar, and we’ve got a fun show in store for you. For example, we spend time talking about pants, Ned Grabavoy, and plenty more.

The differentiators: Plata, Schuler, Saborio key


Joao Plata, Alvaro Saborio, and Chris Schuler are each having fairly different seasons to this point than they had at this point last season, and it's been very much to our benefit. Joao Plata is...

Goal Breakdown: RSL overloads Chicago Fire

We've been rolling in the goals with some frequency lately (read: on Saturday), and it's pretty clear that's down to a philosophical approach to the game that values risk and reward over constant...

Cassar's subs: Shifting toward flanks pays off


Jeff Cassar may be new to this head coaching gig, but his substitutions on Saturday showed a coach with a more nuanced approach than you'd expect with that experience.

Three things to watch for against Chicago


Last week, we asked ourselves three questions about our match against Vancouver Whitecaps. Today, we try to answer some of those and ask ourselves three more for this match against Chicago Fire.

Goal Breakdown: High pressure begets Plata goal

Real Salt Lake's high pressure has at times gotten the best of them — but maybe not as much as it's gotten the best out of them.

Reserves draw features strong academy ties


Real Salt Lake's reserves drew 1-1 with Chivas USA in the MLS Reserve League opener, with some of the more impressive performances for the day coming from Arizona-based academy prospects. Fito...

Luke Mulholland excelling in early RSL career


As one of only a few signings this season, Luke Mulholland has impressed in every match he played — which is every match in this early season.

RSL surrenders two goal lead to Vancouver


Real Salt Lake surrendered a lead once again, drawing 2-2 at home against Vancouver after leading going into the last 10 minutes of the match. It marks the fourth time in eight games that RSL has...

Three things to watch for against Vancouver


Last week, we asked ourselves three questions about our match against Portland Timbers. Today, we try to answer some of those and ask ourselves three more for this match against Vancouver...

RSL to face speedy Vancouver Whitecaps side


Real Salt Lake take on the Vancouver Whitecaps tonight in what is sure to be a rain-drenched affair. Changes aren't likely to be raining down on the home side, with RSL having gone unbeaten to...

What's the Disciplinary Committee do, anyway?


The MLS Disciplinary Committee just gets stranger and stranger. Their uncanny ability to pick and choose incidents is reaching a rolling boil, and one really just has to wonder what their actual...

RSL starting U-12 youth program

In a press release today, Real Salt Lake announced the creation of an under-12 youth team with an aim toward graduating players into the Arizona academy setup. The move expands the club's academy...

Off the Crossbar, Episode 8

Off the Crossbar is back yet again with another episode, and we turn our attention to a pretty good win over Portland and Saturday's match against Vancouver Whitecaps.

Injuries hampering RSL's early run, but not much


We present, without (obvious and declared) opinion, a list of players that have been injured (or recovering from injury) and missed matches this season that would likely otherwise have started or...

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