Archive for February 2018

A New Start for #RSL – Part 2

Yesterday I posted a bit about some of the organization changes during the off season, and they were impressive to say the least.  Now we look at some of the roster additions.

If you want to see the future of RSL it became fairly clear this offseason, a good number of homegrown options with a few key pieces picked up from the international market.  A huge move that many fans will be excited about was the full transfer of Brooks Lennon from Liverpool, the youngster will now get to fight for minutes with the RSL first team.  Aaron Herrera and Corey Baird became the latest academy products to find their way to the first team roster.  That list now includes, Danilo Acosta, Jordan Allen, Justen Glad, Jose Hernandez, Brooks Lennon and Sebastian Saucedo in addition to Herrera and Baird. That is a big chunk of the roster and one that shows that the future has run thru Casa Grande and going forward will run through Herriman.

The other off season pickups are an interesting mix of guys, Adam Henley is a defender born in Tennessee but raised in the UK and having played in both the Championship and Premier league for Blackburn will bring some great international experience to the team.  Shawn Barry is an American born player from Florida, who spent his time playing at various levels in Europe and will bring a variety of experience with him to RSL. He will give the backline something it has lacked in the past a player who is adept with both feet, he is a natural right footed player with the ability to play various positions. Clearly with the injury to Tony Beltran that will leave him sidelined for the start of the 2018 season the team needed to pick up some depth on the back line and they did just that with the pickup of Henley and Barry.

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A New Start for #RSL- Part 1

At the end of the 2017 season, I made a tough decision that after 10 years of writing about RSL on a fairly regular basis that maybe it was time to just be a fan again.  I mean I have only used my season tickets for myself 4 times in the last 3 seasons, and while I often can find someone to buy them or to give them to, maybe it was time to sit back and enjoy them.

I was fairly content with that decision until of all things the Utah Royals were announced.  I have held very mixed feelings about Dell Loy Hansen over the years, and while the on the field results since he took full ownership of the team have been lacking, his moves off the field have been impressive.  When he stepped forward to save a franchise that would have otherwise folded, it showed more commitment to the organization and the community but again left me wondering what about the product on the field?  It was a simple little video of the remodel of what is now the locker room of the Utah Royals that changed my mind about a lot of things.  First it made my excitement level go up, they weren’t being relegated to the Monarchs new stadium, but they would play at Rio Tinto. They wouldn’t go without a sponsor, they would get a good one, they wouldn’t be treated like an afterthought instead they were being treated and shown the respect that the first team was getting.  Heck if DLH could buy back in and show that level of dedication, who was I to not do the same?

So for the 11th year I will do my best to present my thoughts and opinions on all things RSL, my focus will remain on the first team but I will do what I can to add in some coverage of the Monarchs and Royals.  So with that being said here we go:

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