It's been a reasonably crazy week in Real Salt Lake land — all in preparation for a season that may or may not start on Saturday. Today, we'll tackle the major events of last week and the major questions you might have this week.
Real Salt Lake beat Colorado Rapids 2-1 to win the Desert Diamond Cup, despite going down a man when Alvaro Saborio was sent off. We named Tony Beltran our man of the match, and that's because he was excellent. He wasn't the only one, with Olmes Garcia, Nick Rimando, and Kyle Beckerman all impressing, if our player ratings are to be trusted.
Real Salt Lake's new away kit was revealed, and it looks basically how you'd predict it would look: white with cobalt...ish sleeves. There's not to much to say about that one, except to mention it does some have nice elements and is crisp and clean.
Our fearless owner, Dell Loy Hansen, got himself in some hot water when he opened his mouth on ESPN 700 about the collective bargaining agreement, saying that free agency talks were a "waste of time." He got slapped with a fine estimated around $150,000. That's a lot of money, even for the incredibly and indelibly rich Hansen.
We ran an interview with Luis Gil that has him talking about his career, his goals, and a lot more. You'd probably enjoy it.
SLTrib's Chris Kamrani is reporting that West Valley City could be the new target for a Real Monarchs stadium, and there's a press conference Tuesday about that very thing.
A new collective bargaining agreement hasn't been announced (or almost certainly completed), and we don't know if the season will actually start as planned on Saturday.
Real Monarchs should have a squad announced at some point, so keep an eye out for that.