Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MLS Cup Championship Celebration

A good crowd of 4,000-plus turned out at Rio Tinto Stadium to celebrate Real Salt Lake’s MLS Cup victory. The celebration was the culmination of a day of festivities that started at the State Capitol, featured a parade down State Street, and ended at the stadium. DSC_0386

It was there that dignitaries, coaches, and players took the stage to put the victory in perspective. The event was emceed by former RSL-er Brian Dunseth. He first invited Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan up to be recognized. Mayor Dolan read the official proclamation recognizing the teams victory.

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Owner Dave Checketts was then given the mic, after a short video of photos of him was shown capturing him at various moments during the history of the club. Very cool.

After that, Coach Kreis was brought forward, and he was obviously revelling in the experience, and showed a smile or two.


Next came RSL forward Robbie Findley who was asked a few questions by Dunny and then brought out the Rocky Mountain Cup trophy to start the display of hardware for the appreciative fans.

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Then team MVP Nat Borchers was brought out and he lightheartedly mentioned that this was the first time he has ever won anything. Nat mentioned that Dave Checketts flew the family of the entire team to Seattle, something that he didn’t think any other owner would do. He then recognized Jamison Olave who did not appeared prepared to come forward, but the fans demanded it and he did well with a short speech in English.

After witnessing a video of Nick Rimando’s saves during the playoffs, fans were then treated to a few words from their self-proclaimed “homeboy”. At the end of his words, Rimando brought out the second piece of hardware, the Eastern Conference Championship Cup.


Next on the stage was a very humble, and emotional Andy Williams. He gave his appreciation for the fans and their support for him and his wife during this difficult season. He also mentioned that Marcia came to Seattle “against doctor’s orders”, but it was important to him that she was there.

Finally, Captain Kyle Beckerman took the stage and expressed his appreciation of the fans and their support. He also brought out what everyone had come to see, the MLS Cup.


At the end of the presentation the players came off of the stage to Queen’s “We are the Champions”, while pulling a tarp featuring “2009 MLS Cup Champions” designed to fit above the tunnel. Afterwards, fans were allowed to line up for a photo with the MLS Cup.

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