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RSL set for Hawaii preseason in Pacific Rim Cup

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For the first time in several years, RSL will leave the continental United States for preseason.

Storm chasing surfers and body boarders enjoy the waves kicked up by Hurricane Lane Photo by Kat Wade/Getty Images

In case you thought Tucson wasn’t a perfect winter preseason getaway, Real Salt Lake is taking it one step further with a trip to Hawaii to face three teams, including two from Japan.

The four teams involved are Real Salt Lake, Vancouver Whitecaps, V-Varen Nagasaki from the J. League and Iwaki FC from the Society Soccer League, another Japanese league.

The two matches in the tournament are slated for:

  • Feb. 8, 8:30 p.m.: RSL vs. Iwaki FC
  • Feb. 10, 8:15 p.m.: Championship match (winner vs. winner)
  • Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.: Third-place match (loser vs. loser)

Times above are listed in Mountain Time.

It’s not the biggest tournament, certainly, but it’s something, and it starts to give us a view toward what RSL will be doing in preseason. Typically, RSL has traveled to Tucson, Ariz., for the Mobile Mini Sun Cup (formerly the Desert Diamond Cup); the club’s involvement in that has been neither confirmed nor denied, but they have yet to announce club lineups.