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Monday, August 11, 2014

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake

I haven't really mentioned it on here, but I'm a big football fan. (By which I mean soccer fan. This is America, I guess.) I watched the last several world cup editions religiously, each time a vocal supporter of the German team. In fact, when I made SpƤtzle a few weeks ago, I ate them while watching Die Mannschaft finally earn the cup they so deserved.

Anyway. I never really got the hang of soccer myself, and since the nearest MLS team has never been less than a three hour drive away from me, it was only recently that I saw my first professional game. James has some family friends with season tickets to Real Salt Lake (Yes, like Real Madrid. I do not understand MLS.), and they offered us their tickets for a game while I stayed with him. I don't think I could have asked for a better first time major league experience!

Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake

I wouldn't have expected Salt Lake City to be big soccer country, but James says they regularly sell out the stadium, and Real Salt Lake is one of the top ranked teams in Major League Soccer. Not too shabby! We watched them play one of the newest teams in the league, Montreal. Real won 3-1 in the end, but the Canadians didn't go down without a fight. The game was unexpectedly lively, which was a nice surprise. Another nice surprise? Americans have adapted the European tradition of singing at soccer games! That is one stolen tradition I will happily get behind. We sang the RSL fight song many times that night.

Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake

The real magic happened after the game though, since it was still Pioneer Day, and that means fireworks. Fans were invited out of the stands and onto the pitch for a better view, then the music started, the lights went out, and the second attraction began.

Pioneer Day Fireworks
Pioneer Day Fireworks

We had a fantastic time. I think I could learn to be a genuine Real Salt Lake fan!

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