SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: REAL SALT LAKE TO HOST PUNTARENAS

REAL SALT LAKE TO HOST COSTA RICAN SIDE PUNTARENAS

Real Salt Lake is one of the few Major League Soccer teams to have been quite on the Summer Friendly front, until now.

The defending MLS Cup Champions have added a match with Costa Rican side Puntarenas FC. The match, to be played on June 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium, will be used to prepare the team for CONCACAF Champions Cup action.

Having qualified directly into the Group Stages of the tournament, RSL will not see action until mid-August but the June match against Puntarenas will still serve as a warm-up.

“On the heels of some outstanding international games in 2009, we are looking to take the next step forward as a club and establish ourselves not just as MLS champions, but as a regional powerhouse in 2010,” said General Manager Garth Lagerwey. “In order to accomplish that we must succeed in the CONCACAF Champions League. We are excited to host Puntarenas for this match, as they are precisely the type of opponent we will face later this fall.”

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