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The Salt

The Salt

The Salt is a recurring column focused on opinion and analysis on the latest Real Salt Lake news from RSL Soapbox managing editor Matt Montgomery.

Three areas RSL should improve in 2023

With the 2022 season wrapped, here are three ways RSL should improve next season.

Grading five years of RSL transfer windows

Taking a transfer window deep dive

Making sense of RSL’s roster

Is RSL good enough to succeed in the second half of the season?

Will RSL rotate against Atlanta United?

It’s probably necessary — but should RSL do it now or later?

The Salt: RSL at the halfway point

RSL’s draw against Columbus just emphasized how weird MLS truly is.

The rise of RSL’s best midfield pairing, Pablo Ruiz and Jasper Löffelsend

It’s not what anyone expected in 2022, but here we are.

The Salt: How Pablo Ruiz is a reflection of Mastroeni soccer

The numbers show RSL’s long-ball approach.

The Salt: Maikel Chang shows he deserves starts, plus more from RSL’s Seattle win

The Salt: Evaluating RSL’s 2022 roster so far

Is RSL better or worse off?

The Salt: Five reasons I’m excited for 2022

We’re just cresting a hill, and the view is great.

The Salt: Genuine excitement ahead of RSL vs. Portland

I’ve got a new attitude.

The Salt: Shift the narrative from “the doubters,” RSL overcame 2021

Let’s recognize that there were real struggles for RSL.

The Salt: Chaos reigns at RSL with Juarez exit, as usual

Have we lost anything now, or did we lose it a long time ago?

The Salt: Same as it ever was at 2021 mid-point

It’s been quite a year.

The Salt: In praise of Damir Kreilach

Damir Kreilach continues his goalscoring ways — but when can we call him an all-time great?

The Salt: Parsing RSL’s additions and roster changes

Bobby Wood. Jony Menendez. Toni Datkovic. With three big additions, how will RSL adjust their roster?

The Salt: Super League? Who cares — RSL is back

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen RSL play, but European soccer keeps stealing our attention.

The Salt: Why I hate MLS’s arbitrary preseason streaming rules

It’s almost like MLS hates fans.

The Salt: Optimism amid uncertainty

Real Salt Lake is moving forward, but forgive us if we’re all a little exhausted.

The Salt: 2020 should have been the year of Corey Baird

It could have been a brilliant career. And maybe it still can be, just not here.

The Salt: Understanding Real Salt Lake in 2021

It feels a bit like we’re in the middle of a blizzard, despite unseasonal temperatures in Salt Lake.

The Salt: Beckerman’s retirement and the end of an era

Beckerman’s retirement ends the on-field career of a club-defining player.

The Salt: Happy Thanksgiving

It’s been a long year for all of us.

The Salt: Reasons and Excuses

The Salt: It’s darkest before the sun rises

We’re pretty sure they’re all wrong.

The Salt: The 18-month windstorm

Despite efforts to the contrary, it appears the worst is over for Real Salt Lake.

The Salt: Dell Loy Hansen must go

There is no other option.

The Salt: We’ve never seen soccer like this

MLS is Back — and here’s what we can expect, and some questions we should be asking.

Victory Gold: Real Salt Lake’s worst jersey?

Let’s get nostalgic for something most people think is bad.

The Salt: There’s something on RSL’s wing

For 63 minutes, RSL was stuck in ... The Twilight Zone.

The Salt: RSL and Savarino, when the walls fell

Fall and Juarez at Tanagra.

The Salt: Is RSL’s roster nearly complete?

It’s finally time to start digging in deep on the roster.


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