Soccer Business Bits: RSL Makes a Gift, Future in KC & More

The Associated Press is reporting that RSL is contributing significant money to the construction of a soccer complex in the Salt Lake City area.  The project includes 16 soccer fields including a centerpiece field with 2,000 seats. RSL will match $21 million in bond money that has been procured by the municipality.  The proposal faced strong opposition from local environmental groups.   RSL has had a strong relationship with the community during its existence.  Recall its “Cup “tour where RSL is brought the trophy to just about every county in the State of Utah in a great combination of celebration and promotion.

Elsewhere, the Kansas City Star is already taking a look at the Wizard’s in 2011.  With a new stadium lurking and the recent signing of Omar Bravo, the Wizards have some great marketing opportunities for their upcoming season.  It will be interesting to see how the Wizards market their new Mexican star. The process has already started and the team has half a year to figure out their plan.

Finally, the mid-week crowd at Toyota Park was 14k.  Although a good number for a Wednesday in MLS, it is surprising that a match featuring the Fire’s two new DP’s didn’t draw bigger numbers on what was a seemingly nice night in Chicago.