Fans see Real Salt Lake, soccer finally getting some respect

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  • RD10 Holladay, UT
    April 27, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    I have had season tickets every year. Missed very few games. However, I think some parts of the game, league, officiating and rules are dumb. That usually brings out the folks crying "soccer hater". They demand everyone love soccer, or that it deserves equal attention and affection from the community and press. Yes that would be nice but, Good luck.
    Real has done a great job creating excitement. Winning helps.
    Hope we win tonight. I'll be there.

  • Vic from Boston Canton, MA
    April 27, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    After the Bruins dismantle Montreal tonight, my focus and attention will go to RSL and their quest for Glory. Never have I ever rooted (with passion) a team 5,000 miles from where I live. I am really excited about RSL pulling off a historic soccer moment -- personally I feel it couldn't have happened to a classier organization from top to bottom. Ill be watching with anticipation at 10pm! Go Royals.

  • AsSOCiation Football Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    I'm surprised that the negative sentiment about soccer still exists in utah. My whole neighborhood has up flags and are pumped to watch the game tonight. It's been a long time since I've heard anyone bash soccer in person. Usually internet trolls are the only ones. I have played soccer my whole life and almost love watching it as much as I love playing it. Soccer is by far my favorite sport to watch. Especially RSL and just about any EPL game.
    RSL is doing a great job of showing the world that the MLS has good football. It will take time but I predict the MLS will eventually surpass the NHL and MLB in popularity. NBA and NFL probably not.

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    The attention is getting better. RSL will continue to win people over.

  • axle Riverton, UT
    April 27, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    The media attention is better, but not great. Most radio shows out there other than KALL 700 still only go about it half way. Usually there is one host who is actually half way informed and the other just makes fun of it. David James on his "DJ and PK" show this morning was actually trying to have a serious conversation about the game, but all "PK" could seem to come up with was to make fun of the way spanish speaking people would pronounce Monterey. The guy had no clue as to who even played for RSL and just seemed to want to make fun of the whole thing. I'm sure David James was very frustrated with his partner, because I think David gets it, and his partner was being so low class.

  • axle Riverton, UT
    April 27, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    This is where it starts. The Mountain West Conference and the old WAC were the same way. Everyone said we were inferior and that we played weak teams and that we didn't have the players that they had in the bigger conferences. THe only way we could get anyone to watch a game is if we played a wacky style of offense that could just outscore the opponent. The nation told us that the only way to get respect was to play and beat the best. Now we have done it and even though the BCS hasn't handed out automatic bids, the respect is there.
    RSL and MLS are in the same boat, look at us now that we are playing with better competition. If we win tonight we have a chance to play with the best teams from around the world. The only way people will be convinced that MLS is ok to watch is if we do well against the top competition.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    April 26, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    Dude changing time off work from the NCAA tournament to MLS playoffs? That is crazy. Nothing in sports is better than the first four days of the NCAA tournament.

    I agree with Spence Checketts. I acquired a taste for soccer while on my mission in Paraguay, but I only want to watch soccer at the highest level. I like the EPL and la liga but I have a hard time with MLS. Guys are too slow and don't have the touch that the players in Europe have.

    RSL is making big strides though. I hope they can win tomorrow and keep on winning.