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El Kapitan2010-05-13 13:41:37 +0000 #1
OK I'm starting this thread expecting to know if I'm the only one that disagrees with the concept of the team. Let me explain myself.

When the Salt Lake team name was announced my surprise was huge the REAL Salt Lake as in REAL Madrid, so I thought maybe this guys have a connection to Real Madrid the way Chivas USA has a connection to Chivas Mexico, but soon I learned that the hole Real thing in the name was only a marketing hoax to make people interested in the team by relating their name with the name of one of the most popular clubs on the planet, and to this day as far as I know that's their only relation with Real Madrid (ever since I think in the Real part of their name more as the name of an MTV show than a name with a relation to Real Madrid).

When I learned that, as a football fan I felt insulted, after all why would a team use the prefix Real if you haven't earned it, seriously that prefix is gived to institutions by the King of Spain as a recognition to their effort to promote Spanish culture and demonstrate a degree of respect and recognition to the Monarch of Spain, some institutions just like football clubs outside of Spain had received that distiction from the King but I doubt Real Salt Lake has it, for what is worst as far as I know the Spanish community in Utah is not even large enough to say that they want to represent them by using that name or by the fact that their home uniform looks kind of like the Real Madrid uniform, and to make things worst their away uniform is a copy of the Spanish national team uniform, which only confirms that the creative minds behind this team are not good enough to bring a new concept with tradition if you wish, but not as a vulgar copy of a very popular concept.

I think that a name that makes honor to your heritage or tradition is more appealing than what these guys did, I would have loved to see the "Salt Lake FC" or how about the "Salt Lake City United" or something like that, or something that celebrates the wild life of the region naming the team after a famous animal of the region.

Well let's see how the "Real" Salt Lake does and by the way they lost today 3:2 against Kansas City

Ese_Guy2010-05-13 13:55:04 +0000 #2
Yeah, I read somewhere (this forum I think) that there was a link between both teams, but when I asked, I never received any confirmation for this.

I see what you mean about "Real" being designated as a "Royal" decree for certain Spanish teams.

However, I don't really think RSL attempted to blaspheme Spain or any other country. I certanly believe that were honestly attempting to create a team name that sounded like a bonafide soccer team. If anything, the Spanish should probably be honored that a foreign team would attempt to emulate them.

RSL has done about as bad as the other expansion team (better) in the MLS so far. They probably should have come up with a name that represents Utah/Salt Lake, but this is what they came up with. I peronally like their kits, and the name while sounding stupid in the beginning has now grown on me.
#1Stunna2010-05-13 13:56:37 +0000 #3
real salt lake is related to real madrid
kriot2010-05-13 14:54:42 +0000 #4
prove it.

I'm not trying to be a smart ass, but i'm genuinely interested.

Hell, I can say my work team is related Inter Milan! LOL!
Becks2010-05-13 15:35:57 +0000 #5
When RSL was announced after the 2004 season, reporters FROM THE MLS stated that there was a link between the two clubs...

Do I like it? no.
#1Stunna2010-05-13 15:32:01 +0000 #6
I think the owner is the same as Real Madrids
Ese_Guy2010-05-13 14:25:48 +0000 #7
So does anyone have any concrete info on the "link" with Real Madrid?

So far it's all been rumors and wishful thinking.




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