RSL draw in crazy, crazy match
Real Salt Lake and Philadelphia Union played one of the weirder matches I've seen, ending in a 3-3 draw with an apparently unjust penalty (says Luke Mulholland, who won it), a Jamison Olave own goal, awful marking on a throw-in, and a bad deflection. Of course, it also saw a brilliant free kick from "the man, the myth, the Morales" (yeah, we won't use that again. Sorry.), a well-taken penalty, and a bobbling ball that came off Jamison Olave and into the goal.
Javier Morales got our man of the match award, and it was for more than just his most-excellent goal. No, it was that he was consistently creative, and that gets high marks in our book. The other players didn't fare nearly as well, and that's reflected in our player ratings.
In more positive news, Demar Phillips made his debut appearance for Real Salt Lake, which was a nice thing to see. He was good but not great, which seems like a positive start. He had some nice interceptions there.
We also had one of the weirder MLS matches we've seen, and we'll be breaking down the breakdown in the coming days. I bet you just can't wait!
Rimando wins save of the week
No surprise here: Nick Rimando got that prestigious save of the week to open the season. We're aquiver with excitement. The more things change ...
RSL-AZ academy drawn into Super Group in Dallas Cup
The ever-exciting Dallas Cup draw took place, and RSL-AZ was drawn into a group with some pretty big sides — Valencia (from Spain), Tigres (from Mexico), and Coritiba (from Brazil.) Should be fun, yeah? Let's hope for some streaming.
Murrell signs with Monarchs
Jordan Murrell, left back and central defender, signed his name on the dotted line with Real Monarchs. (Honestly, we're not sure if it was a dotted line or a solid one. I suspect a solid one. Does anybody make you sign on a dotted line anymore?)