Recap: RSL vs. NYRB
On St. Patty’s day 2012, Real Salt Lake beat New York 2-0 to continue their fantastic start. For some stats on the game and some interesting commentary on the New York Red Bulls situation, check out my previous article: https://claretpapers.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/some-stats-and-new-yorks-epic-problem/.
I’d say it was a pretty good showing for RSL in their home opener this season. The official attendance was 16,738. I was slightly disappointed by this fact. But I quickly realized that the weather was quite gusty with the threat of rain looming the entire match and realized that it was a decent turnout. I definitely was impressed with the noise the crowd made throughout the game. At the kickoff and both times we scored, our beloved new anthem, “Believe”, could be heard throughout the stadium.
I was a little bit off with my starting line-up prediction. I didn’t know that Tony Beltran was recovering so quickly and that Terukazu Tanaka was going to be brought to the hospital with the flu. It was nice to see Velasquez getting more time. It’s going to be interesting this season to see how much time the other rookies, namely Enzo Martinez and Diogo De Almedia, get on the pitch. I’m guessing those two will be more like “project players” similar to what Schuler was in his first year. I doubt that both of them will still be here in a season or two, but I could see that Jason is really excited for the new guys, especially Enzo.
Morales and Sabo made late entries into the game similar to the previous fixture against LA. RSL’s other substitute was Jonny Steele. Real picked up Steele this preseason after he turned down their offer several seasons ago and ended up coming back to the preseason camp. It’s good to see that he’s recovering very well from his minor injury. I thought his first official MLS match with Real would be even more special to him because it was on St. Patrick’s day (He’s Irish!).
Both Fabian Espindola and Luis Gil slotted home their tallies for Real. This goal was Fabi’s second in as many games to open up the season. He’s really coming out hard this year. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he sets some new records for himself this year. Gil’s goal was his second against New York at the RioT. His former was a wicked blast beyond the penalty area last summer.
Despite not completely controlling the game passing-wise, Real Salt Lake got it done and got the win with two crucial goals.
Let’s go Real!