Real Salt Lake is moving forward after learning it was being fined and losing a second-round pick for the 2009 MLS Draft. The league fined RSL $20,000 for not following the proper channels when it hired goalkeeper coach Jeff Cassar away from FC Dallas, and the club was ordered to surrender its natural second-round selection in 2009 to Dallas for the violation.Cassar was brought in to replace Peter Mellor, who was let go late last month and had been the goalkeeper coach since the team's inaugural season in 2005. Team officials would not comment on the decision, saying, "We are done talking about it. It was talking that got us into this in the first place."
CHINESE STAYING BUSY: While the Chinese national team is in town training for its match with Real Salt Lake (Thursday at 7 p.m. at Rice-Eccles), some of its higher profile players took some time out of their busy schedules for some acts of good will. Captain and defender Ji Mingyi, Sheffield United (English Premier League) midfielder Li Tie, and Manchester United (EPL) forward Dong Fangzhou visited patients at the Shriners Hospital for Children Tuesday morning.
Along with some two-a-day training sessions, the busy schedule for the special guests continues as the Chinese delegation as well as Real's players and coaches are scheduled to attend an open house at the Governor's Mansion later tonight.