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RSL notes: Fairpark stadium deal inches closer to reality

Published September 2, 2014 5:32 pm

Rimando expected to return from national team duty in timefor FC Dallas game.
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It's looking more and more likely that Salt Lake City will soon get a soccer stadium.

The Utah State Fairpark announced Tuesday that its chair and vice chair will seek approval from the Fairpark's board to begin negotiations with Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen for an 8,000-seat stadium to be the home of RSL's minor league team starting in 2016.

Fairpark executive director Michael Steele said in order for proposal to move forward, the 14-member board must give a unanimous green light when Hansen presents his plan on Sept. 10 at the Fairpark.

Chair Roger Beattie and vice chair Lowell S. Peterson are seeking board approval to begin negotiations on the project.

"The chair and vice-chair wants everyone on the board to be arm-in-arm, step-in-step," Steele said.

"If we're going to go down this road, we all have to be in this together. It's almost like a marriage."

Hansen has proposed to pay between $13 to $18 million to construct a soccer stadium for his team's USL Pro affiliate at the Fairpark, located a few blocks west of downtown Salt Lake City.

Steele said Hansen is eyeing a 40-year lease for the facility.

Hansen told The Salt Lake Tribune last month that the minor league team would begin play next year at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, and move to the new stadium in 2016, playing 14 matches per season.

Didn't we just see you, FC Dallas?

Two weeks after FC Dallas snapped RSL's six-game unbeaten streak — and ran its own to double digits — the two Western Conference foes meet at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday.

The two sides aren't neck-and-neck, but they're awfully close. RSL sits at 11-5-10 with 43 points in 26 matches played, while FC Dallas is 12-8-6 at 42 points through 26 matches.

"These head-to-head games can really change the fate of the Supporters' Shield," defender Tony Beltran said.

Dallas' 2-1 win over RSL on Aug. 22 allowed the Hoops to gain ground in the West and lost points by RSL allowed Seattle (48 points) and the hard-charging L.A. Galaxy (46 points) to briefly zip by.

"We remember what happened to us at their field," RSL coach Jeff Cassar said. "We want to make sure they have that feeling leaving our field."

Back in the (national team) picture

Two months after returning from this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando is back in the fold.

Now Major League Soccer's all-time shutout king with 113 career clean sheets, the 35-year-old was the only MLS player called into Jurgen Klinsmann's 22-man roster for Wednesday's international friendly in the Czech Republic.

The game is the first official match part of the 2018 World Cup cycle and with incumbent Tim Howard on a year-long hiatus from the USMNT, Klinsmann said Rimando and Aston Villa's Brad Guzan will vie for a spot at the No. 1 spot.

Klinsmann told Jeffrey Carlisle of ESPN.com Tuesday that Rimando and Guzan will split time in goal against the Czechs. Rimando is expected to return to Utah and be in consideration for RSL's game-day roster against FC Dallas on Saturday. —

FC Dallas at RSL

O Saturday, 8 p.m.

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