Brad Rock: Real Salt Lake: Real-ity moment as Monterrey prevails

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  • terry387 Wapato, WA
    April 29, 2011 3:07 a.m.

    I would like to mention that there was a FIFA World Club championship 2000 played in Brazil. This tournament was won by Corinthians who defeated fellow Brazilians Vasco da Gama in the final.
    Even world famous team Manchester United representing Europe failed to make an impression. Oceania was represented by Australian team South Melbourne FC (aka Hellas ) to Greek-Australian fans who played very well against world class teams from Europe and South America.

    It is important for RSL to play as many friendly games or partake in international tournaments against top clubs from Europe and South America. Such exposure can only help RSL to become an even better team than it is now.

  • myself Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    24 million is more than the NBA finals had in any single game last year. It's also more than any MLB or NHL game last year. Not saying its big like 125 million super bowl big. But bigger than those sports.

    Tv by the numbers is my source on those figures. Yes I am sure go ahead and look it up for yourself.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    April 28, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    @myself, 24 million is not that many. You sure about that figure?

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 28, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    @ myself

    Couldn't agree with you more.

    RSL had several chances but unfortnately with Beckerman taken out last week I believe it made a difference.

    Move on and let's reset. Thanks for the great run RSL!

  • Pac12Champs Magna, UT
    April 28, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    I don't really care for most of Brad Rock's columns, but I think he is correct in at least one aspect here: RSL blew it last night. As I slumped further down in my couch with every Monterrey flop or feigned injury or every RSL shot that just missed the goal, I began thinking to myself: RSL is losing a great opportunity here.

    The truth is, I am not so certain that FIFA even wants soccer to be popular in the U.S. I don't like to cry officiatiing-conspiracies, but after what happened to poor Beckerman in Mexico and then Monterrey's joke of a display last night, I believe that there was no way FIFA was going to let a U.S.-based club play in the Club World Cup.

    I'm as disappointed as any other RSL fan and that isn't half as disappointed as our players seem to be. It will be interesting to see if they can rebound against Portland on the road this weekend, in a hostile environment. Maybe our side can win the MLS cup again, but that pales in comparison to what they could have done in December.

  • myself Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    @ Brad Rock
    When did anyone ever claim soccer would become the most popular sport in america?
    The fact is the TV ratings and the number of players in the U.S. has doubled in the last 12 years alone. Despite that fact I think most soccer fans will admit that the MLS will most likely never surpass the NFL or the NBA in popularity. What will eventually happen IMO is it will pass hockey and MLB.

    World cup soccer already has passed the MLB, NBA and NHL in TV ratings. In fact there were 3 team USA world cup games that had higher TV viewership than the Boston V lakers NBA finals last year. The world cup final had 24 million viewers trumping all of the NBA finals games.

  • carabaoU Moab, UT
    April 28, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    They did not qualify for next year's CONCACAF. This MLS year results will provide teams for the 2012-2013 CONCACAF.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 28, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    OK Brad, we get it: you don't like soccer. Fine. Now go write about something else, preferrably something you understand and/or care about.

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    Always highs and lows in sports. RSL could have a terrific run in the MLS this year and qualify again for the CCL next year.