Real Salt Lake To Celebrate MLS Cup 2009 Title
Fans Invited to Join MLS Champions for Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's Recognition on Steps of the Utah State Capitol at 3:00 p.m. MT
SANDY, UT - Having arrived to a spirited welcome from several hundred fans earlier today at Salt Lake City International Airport, the Real Salt Lake family will rest easy tonight before bringing its celebration to the people of Utah TOMORROW, Tuesday, Nov. 24, when the club will host events stretching from the State Capitol to Sandy in celebration of the Utah side's MLS Cup 2009 Championship. Real Salt Lake claimed Major League Soccer's title Sunday evening at Seattle's Qwest Field by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy, 5-4, in seven rounds of penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in regulation and overtime, providing Utah sports fans with their first champion in a major professional league since 1971, when the Utah Stars claimed the American Basketball Association title.
To begin the day, the team will serve as guests of Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the State's First Lady at a special luncheon at the Governor's Mansion, which will be followed by a 3:00 p.m. public celebration on the south steps of the Utah State Capitol building. Governor Herbert and other dignitaries will congratulate Utah's champions before giving way to addresses from RSL Owner Dave Checketts, Head Coach Jason Kreis, and Captain Kyle Beckerman, among others.
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