Real Salt Lake (RSL) is an American professional soccer club based in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The team competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). They currently play their home games at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake won the MLS Cup in 2009, and reached the final of the 201011 CONCACAF Champions League. The team's head coach is former United States international Jason Kreis. Major League Soccer awarded an expansion franchise on July 14, 2004 to SCP Worldwide, headed by Dave Checketts. RSL became the 12th MLS franchise and began play on April 2, 2005 in a match against the New York Metrostars. Future coach Jason Kreis became the first player in RSL history, coming in a trade from the Dallas Burn, and also scored the clubs first goal. RSLs first few years in MLS were marked by heavy losses and player turnover. Led by coach John Ellinger, the first season included a 10-match losing streak in route to a 5-22-5 inaugural season.
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