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Inside MLS - Garth Lagerwey

Monday, March 26, 2012

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Anto and Nico are back with another episode of Inside MLS featuring Garth Lagerwey, Vice President and General Manager of Real Salt Lake, now regarded as one of the powerhouse clubs in Major League Soccer. We begin with a look back on some of the positives and challenges that RSL takes from something of a shock loss to Chivas USA over the weekend - how teams in MLS now approach Real Salt Lake with more disciplined counter attacking tactics while bleeding in new emerging talented players such as Luis Gil, Paulo Jr and Sebastian Velazquez. We also discuss the economics facing the smallest market team in MLS and how start-win bonuses in contracts in the league are strong strategies for a player pool and how success has helped define the success of the RSL formula when attracting talent. We also take a look back since Garth and head coach Jason Kreis took control of the team to examine the evolution of the club including an MLS Cup Championship in 2009 and reaching the final game of the CONCACAF Champions League when few thought it possible and what some of those milestones were along the way. We also examine the television schedule for RSL and how the larger markets do tend to get the required attention as the league continues to grow and find a new audience. We also gauge an emerging marketplace for players in MLS which is the Far East and how the J-League could become a key locale for recruiting young, technically accomplished players and get underneath how Real Salt Lake has constructed itself with the concept that team is the star. However, RSL does have one of the truly talented midfielders in Javi Morales and we consider how the club will approach his progress a year removed from a very tough injury that set the team back until his return in the playoffs last season. Considered one of the real wonderful stories in MLS and a league favorite to win it all in 2012, Garth Lagerwey is a former player turned club executive with a tremendous record of success with his very first club.


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