Now, I don't know how things work in Salt Lake City. I couldn't keep track of all the twists and turns of the stadium saga. I was waiting for a done deal for the good, or for the not so good. This latest statement of Checketts may be a ruse.
However, the smoke and fire may have finally burned soccer in Utah for good. I don't know enough about the situation to cast blame, but I do know I'll miss Real Salt Lake as part of MLS if that's what all this means.
I'll never forget the view from the Rice-Eccles press box (best in the country), or the fans going crazy for the U.S. team versus Costa Rica, or Landon Donovan claiming Salt Lake was among his favorite cities. Even with the crappy season the first year, the fans had a way of marking the bitter irony that was unique, such as the black crepe paper streamers to mark their club's ignoble record.
Most of all, I'll miss the Salt Lake City journalists, who were the only ones I ever saw travel regularly with their team to matches, and, who, in RSL's short existence, raised the level of soccer reporting with both the depth and breadth of their coverage. The trio of Lauren Gustus, Michael Lewis, and James Edward were also really nice people - smart, funny, good to have around the game.
It's sad if it's true it's over.