Most years, an MLS team would be disappointed by an 11-12-7 regular-season record. That wasn't the case for Real Salt Lake. In 2009, RSL rode that very record to the final spot in the MLS playoffs. Embracing a "Team is the star" philosophy, the squad banded together and swept through the playoffs, besting some of the league's top franchises to capture their first ever MLS Cup. Ever since, the team has been a Western Conference powerhouse behind head coach Jason Kreis, who started his career at Real Salt Lake as team captain before trading his captain's armband for a coach's sense of accountability. Real Salt Lake plays their home games in Rio Tinto Stadium, a 20,000-spectator facility that opened its massive doors in 2008 with advanced technology that includes a 60-foot video screen and LED video ribbons stretching 200 feet across both sidelines.
Puckrin's Soccer Shop's father-and-son team of Alan and Glenn Puckrin equips players of all ages with a variety of soccer gear. A wide brand selection is available, such as Diadora shin guards with sleeves ($15.99), Diadora soccer socks ($9.99), and Calle street soccer balls ($29.99) for impromptu scrimmages during morning traffic jams. For miniature and growing strikers, junior soccer cleats and turf shoes ($22.99–$39.99) protect feet, aerate topsoil, and idolize full-grown adult cleats ($39.99–$219.99), both available in varying colors and brands such as Diadora, Umbro, Lotto, Joma, and Kelme. Puckrin's Soccer Shop puts stylish players at ease with goalkeeper gloves ($9.99–$49.99) in brands such as Sondico or Reusch, as well as sleek soccer shorts ($19.99), which serve as a modest transitional outfit from field to steakhouse.
Velocity Sports Performance’s staff emphasizes the importance of speed, strength, and agility to every one of its athletes, which in the past has included Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap. To help get their message across, the experienced fitness coaches create customized workout programs for adults and kids of all athletic abilities. They bolster the results by offering nutrition programs and staging the exercises on their facility’s array of top-notch exercise tools, including Olympic-style weightlifting equipment, sprint tracks, and indoor turf fields with picnic-table hurdles.
Frolicking in a 500,000-gallon wave pool, plummeting from 100-foot free-fall slides, and drifting along a 1,200-foot lazy river with 5 mph currents are just a few of the diversions found within Seven Peaks' net of water parks. The aquatic havens spread across Utah, and Indiana, luring families and adventurous kayakers with forests of twisting water slides such as the Provo location's Boomerang, which sends passengers ricocheting down three stories. Calmer fun awaits at child-friendly areas such as the Salt Lake location's Dinosaur Bay, where toddlers splash and ride small slides, and lazy rivers welcome both whippersnappers and adults hoping to relax.
In addition to its water parks, Seven Peaks manages a fleet of fun centers. Visitors to the Sandy location try for strikes in bowling and guests at the Lehi location enjoy rides on a pirate ship or in bumper boats. The Orem location lets you putt through a glowing, neon mini-golf jungle lit by black lights or whack at the imagined faces of arch-nemeses in the batting cages.