On Nov. 9th approximately 20 members of Real Salt Lake’s first official supporter’s club, the Loyalists, met with Trey Fitz-Gerald, the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications for RSL. He discussed upcoming events and decisions about the team and answered Loyalists’ questions for about 45 minutes. Here is a summary of what he discussed. For the complete article, please go to www.TheLoyalists.com where the article will be available soon. The dates of several upcoming events were presented, as well a basic timeline for some of the preseason events later on. · Sunday, Nov. 14th: There will be an MLS Cup 2004 viewing party. The location has not yet been decided. Several members of the front office staff and perhaps their families will be attending the event (David Hale is working with the Skybox in Gateway to determine their availability). At MLS Cup, a coin toss will be held to determine whether Chivas USA or Real Salt Lake will have first choice at the Expansion Draft. The losing team will have first choice at the MLS SuperDraft in January, to be held in Baltimore. · Monday, Nov. 15th: Each of the existing 10 MLS teams will finalize the list of who will be protected and who will be available for the draft. Also, RSL will move into new offices at Trolley Corners, on the second floor of the building. There is a lobby there where merchandise and tickets will be available for sale, and perhaps later there may be a soccer bar/club there. · Tuesday, Nov. 16th: The protected/available list will be publicized and available for viewing. · Wednesday, Nov. 17th: There could be a significant announcement to make. Dave Checketts should be in town for the announcement. · Friday, Nov. 19th: The expansion draft will be held at 2:00 Mountain Time. This can be viewed at Skybox Sports Grille. The event will be open to fans on a first-come, first-served basis, and the media will be invited. The event will be covered live on ESPN News, so the fans are encouraged to attend, cheer and create some presence for this event. · November and December: In the near future, Coach Ellinger will be choosing some additional coaching staff. He may be close to identifying his top assistant, somebody who would be “fresh blood” for MLS. Also coming soon will be special ticket offers for the holiday season. This will include some mini-plans and flex plans for those who are not planning to purchase regular season tickets. Flex plan ticket holders will receive some, but not all, of the benefits offered to regular season ticket holders. Details will be available soon. · Mid-January 2005: The league will release a tentative schedule, which will be subject to change later as the TV schedule works around other events such as NFL games. · February 2005: Near the beginning of February, the team will come together for a camp in a warmer location, perhaps Florida. Afterwards, they may train in Spain for a couple of weeks before returning to Utah. · March 2005: There will be functions happening in Salt Lake to introduce the team to the public and build some interest and excitement. This may include things like “Meet the Players” events. This will be announced later when dates and location availability are confirmed. During the last few weeks of March, the team will travel to Los Angeles to train in the Home Depot Center and may have a preseason game. · April 2nd, 2005: First away game of the season. · April 9th, 2005: Possibly another away game. · The week of April 16th, 2005: Real Salt Lake week, preparing for the first home game. There may be a luncheon on the 12th; also, promotions and events during the whole week leading up to the game. · April 16th, 2005: First home game of the season. The opposing team has not yet been decided. This game may be televised by ESPN. · During the 2005 season: Most games will be Saturday nights at 7:00, some Wednesdays at 7:00, perhaps a couple Friday night games. No Sunday games, except perhaps some away games.