Alright, it's confession time. I almost forgot about the Monday roundup. Maybe it was that Monday started off with news streaming from the rosters, with three big news items coming out in quick succession.
And since that was probably it, let's start with those first. You probably already know, but in case you don't: Joao Plata has a fractured fifth metatarsal. The injury took place in the first training session of the season.
Item number two: Joao Plata has officially agreed a new deal with Real Salt Lake. Dell Loy Hansen has said before that it's a five-year deal, and the acquisition cost for his full rights was steep enough to make him a Young Designated Player.
Item number three: The Real Monarchs stadium is coming closer to reality. The Utah State Fairpark Board, pending the Utah legislature renewing the lease to the park, has agreed to a lease deal with Dell Loy Hansen that will see the Real Salt Lake organization build an $18 million stadium. Hansen's paying for it.
And now we can get back to the week that was. There's plenty to talk about there, too.
Real Salt Lake announced their new television deal, and it's a big one. It'll see the club's matches broadcast across the Intermountain West in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico.
It's something we're really excited about. It'll give Real Salt Lake unprecedented reach across the region. It's something that starts to push the club out of the small-market mentality, slowly but surely.
On Tuesday, the third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft (this used to be the Supplemental Draft) took place, with Real Salt Lake selecting right back Jordan Murrell and attacking midfielder Lucas Baldin.
Following that, news broke that Real Salt Lake was bringing two more college graduates to camp: Luke Mishu, a right back, and David Abidor, a center back.
In slightly more fluffy news, Luis Gil was given a supreme vote of confidence from the organization, and he was handed the number 10 shirt for the 2015 campaign. Jeff Cassar says that means more responsibility for Gil, and if that means more playing time, we can't complain.
Finally, another player officially joined Real Salt Lake: Demar Phillips, Jamaican left back and a veritable international-level player.
And that's our week in a nutshell. We've already started talking about Craig Waibel and his new position as technical director, but keep an eye out for additional content this week from the man himself. Do keep an eye out for additional news from RSL's first preseason camp at Casa Grande, Arizona. Finally, we'll break down the implications of the Plata injury this week, and we're hoping that the implications are few because he comes back in short order.