Real Salt Lake and now we have Real Salt Lake Women SC too

So Real Salt Lake has been making waves, talk about a USL Pro team and this week big news on the women’s soccer front.  Here is the press releases from the team:

SALT LAKE UNITED WOMEN’S TEAM TO BECOME REAL SALT LAKE WOMEN SC

WPSL Side to Play Three Games at Rio Tinto Stadium in 2013

SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, April 24, 2013) – Real Salt Lake announced on Wednesday that Salt Lake United Soccer Club will carry the RSL banner in women’s soccer as Real Salt Lake Women SC. The RSL Women will play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), the second division of women’s soccer in the United States.

The RSL Women will play three games this year at Rio Tinto Stadium, with all three matches being played on the same day as a Real Salt Lake MLS regular season home match. The RSL Women will play at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 25 at 1 p.m., on June 8 at 1:00 p.m. and on July 3 at 1:00 p.m. ahead of RSL MLS matches against the Chicago Fire, LA Galaxy and Philadelphia Union. All other RSL Women home games will be played at Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah.

RSL Women will hold tryouts for current college players on Friday, May 10 at Jordan High School. More information can be found on the team’s website at www.RealSaltLakeWomen.com.

Real Salt Lake Women SC was originally formed in 2008 as the Sparta United Women’s Team in order to give Utah women soccer players the chance to experience the invaluable opportunities afforded only with an affiliation with WPSL. In 2012, the Sparta Women’s team formed two partnerships with Real Salt Lake and the Utah Soccer Association. The club changed its name to Salt Lake United Soccer Club and adopted the same color scheme as Real Salt Lake. The partnership was further solidified this year by renaming the team Real Salt Lake Women.

The club has played in the WPSL since its inception. Formed in 1998, the WPSL consists of over 70 teams from all parts of the United States – Real Salt Lake Women SC competes in the Big Sky South Conference, one of 8 WPSL regions, against teams from other western States.  The WPSL is highly competitive as teams are comprised of the best high school players, collegiate, post-collegiate, foreign stars, current and former national team players and elite local players. The season runs from May to the end of July and consists of 14-18 regular season league games and Regional and National Finals.

Real Salt Lake Women promotes the continuation of the development of the high level women’s game in the Salt Lake community. Working together with both Real Salt Lake and the Utah Soccer Association secures Real Salt Lake Women’s place in competitive high level women’s soccer as part of the WPSL. Essentially, WPSL provides the opportunity for teams to be formed in a semi-professional environment that still allows players to maintain eligibility requirements associated with other teams.  This unique setting allows for unequaled player development since players from every level of competitive soccer are brought together in one league to play elite soccer.  The mission of Real Salt Lake Women SC in conjunction with the WPSL is to:

  • Develop a highly competitive amateur women’s soccer team
  • Provide an opportunity for elite women soccer players to play at the highest level
  • Bring quality soccer to all levels of the community
  • Promote the stature of female athletes as role models for our youth

Since its formation, Real Salt Lake Women has rapidly risen in the standings of the Big Sky Conference, going undefeated in conference play, winning the WPSL Western Regional and reaching the WPSL National Championships Finals in 2012. One of three WPSL teams in Utah along with the Utah Starzz (Provo) and St. George United, RSL Women is proud to be recognized as a community fixture as we bring together players from youth clubs across the state, collegiate players from all over the country and gifted local women players.

Today the team released the following information (which contains a lot of repeated info, but some updates as well):

SALT LAKE UNITED WOMEN’S TEAM TO BECOME REAL SALT LAKE WOMEN SC

WPSL Side to Play Three Games at Rio Tinto Stadium in 2013

SANDY, Utah (Friday, April 26, 2013) – ” Real Salt Lake announced on Wednesday that Salt Lake United Soccer Club will carry the RSL banner in women’s soccer as Real Salt Lake Women SC. The RSL Women will play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), the second division of women’s soccer in the United States.

The RSL Women will play three games this year at Rio Tinto Stadium, with all three matches being played on the same day as a Real Salt Lake MLS regular season home match. The RSL Women will play at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 25 at 1 p.m., on June 8 at 1:00 p.m. and on July 3 at 1:00 p.m. ahead of RSL MLS matches against the Chicago Fire, LA Galaxy and Philadelphia Union. All other RSL Women home games will be played at Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah.

VIDEO: RSL Women founders Kendra Halterman and Sara Cowley and RSL Women player Annie Hawkins talk about the team on the April 25 edition of ABC4’s Good Things Utah

RSL Women will hold tryouts for current college players on Friday, May 10 at Jordan High School. More information can be found on the team’s website at www.RealSaltLakeWomen.com.

“We couldn’t be happier for Real Salt Lake Women to carry the RSL banner into women’s soccer,” said RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen. “One of our core values is to promote the game at all levels in Utah and our association with RSL Women will help us do that. They’re really a fantastic group that’s had success on and off the field and we’re very excited to help them as they continue to grow the women’s game in our state in 2013 and beyond.”

Real Salt Lake Women SC was originally formed in 2008 as the Sparta United Women’s Team in order to give Utah women soccer players the chance to experience the invaluable opportunities afforded only with an affiliation with WPSL. In 2012, the Sparta Women’s team formed two partnerships with Real Salt Lake and the Utah Soccer Association. The club changed its name to Salt Lake United Soccer Club and adopted the same color scheme as Real Salt Lake. The partnership was further solidified this year by renaming the team Real Salt Lake Women.

The club has played in the WPSL since its inception. Formed in 1998, the WPSL consists of over 70 teams from all parts of the United States – Real Salt Lake Women SC competes in the Big Sky South Conference, one of 8 WPSL regions, against teams from other western States.  The WPSL is highly competitive as teams are comprised of the best high school players, collegiate, post-collegiate, foreign stars, current and former national team players and elite local players. The season runs from May to the end of July and consists of 14-18 regular season league games and Regional and National Finals.

Real Salt Lake Women promotes the continuation of the development of the high level women’s game in the Salt Lake community. Working together with both Real Salt Lake and the Utah Soccer Association secures Real Salt Lake Women’s place in competitive high level women’s soccer as part of the WPSL. Essentially, WPSL provides the opportunity for teams to be formed in a semi-professional environment that still allows players to maintain eligibility requirements associated with other teams.  This unique setting allows for unequaled player development since players from every level of competitive soccer are brought together in one league to play elite soccer.

Since its formation, Real Salt Lake Women has rapidly risen in the standings of the Big Sky Conference, going undefeated in conference play, winning the WPSL Western Regional and reaching the WPSL National Championships Finals in 2012. One of three WPSL teams in Utah along with the Utah Starzz (Provo) and St. George United (St. George), RSL Women is proud to be recognized as a community fixture as we bring together players from youth clubs across the state, collegiate players from all over the country and gifted local women players.”

I think this is great news, it provides another chance for soccer fans to enjoy the sport, it will be interesting to see how the Women’s Premier Soccer League continues to develop and if at some future point if the Real Salt Lake Women SC will turn into a fully professional team and join the ranks of the NWSL which launched this year with 8 teams.  I believe moves like this show the power that the Real Salt Lake brand is building in Utah, we have seen two reserve matches held at Rio Tinto Stadium draw more than 6,000 people already this year.  Two of our first three home matches have been sellouts, and I see more people talking about RSL on and off line than ever before.  The clout has been noticed nationally as well, remember that no other market has two guaranteed USMNT matches this year like Salt Lake does at Rio Tinto Stadium.  Soccer is very alive and well in Salt Lake City, Sandy, and the state of Utah, I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

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