Archive | May 2012

RSL disgraced at home in the US Open Cup

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That was absolutely unacceptable.  A team of Real Salt Lake’s caliber should be able to take down a lower division team.  But any team can win on any day.  Minnesota came out to play and Salt Lake came out and played one of the poorest matches in the team’s history.  You think I’m exaggerating?  I was there.  I’ve never seen so many opportunities shanked away, I’ve never seen that many awful passes and bad touches and selfish play in an RSL game.

Sure, you can say it was our reserves.  It was.  But didn’t our reserve team dismantle a New England first team on the road last year 2-0?  This all goes back to saying one of Real Salt Lake’s mottoes, “Fortune favors the bold.”  Real didn’t play to their own philosophy, they weren’t very bold in anything they did.  Instead of linking up and moving forward as a team when things got tough, players started trying to beat as many opponents as they could on one dribble and eventually lose the ball.

There really wasn’t a bright spot on our team.  Olave had an especially rough game.  He had several clear-cut headers that would’ve easily been nodded in on another day ricochet of his head and out of bounds.  His terrible touch on a pass back to him led to the goal that sealed the game for the Minnesota Stars.

There’s really not much to say about this game.  I know that’s not how my claret and cobalt play.  It looks now as if that game was a hiccup stuck in the middle of an incredibly strong season.  I have no right to complain.  My team’s first in MLS!  Also, half the other MLS teams lost their US Open Cup games too!  As long as this doesn’t lead to more ugly showings in the future, Real should be just fine.

The match was a match meant to be forgotten in Salt Lake and always remembered in Minnesota.

LET’S GO REAL SALT LAKE!!!

RSL vs FCD 5/26/12

Real pull out a dramatic 3-2 victory at the RioT

Recap: RSL dismantles Dallas in scrappy match

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It was just one of those games any diehard RSL fan will always remember, similar to the 3-2 win in Portland and the 3-2 win against Toronto FC, this one ended late with the atmosphere absolutely maxed out.

Over 19,000 fans held their breath until the final whistle after 5 goals in the second half of a windy, chippy game between Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.  The first half was marred by scrappy play in which neither team could possess the ball in the final third.  The wind was really ripping from the south and definitely affected the play.  The real bright spot for Real in the first half was Yordany Alvarez’s great performance.  His passing was excellent and was able to win and hold possession.

After going into the break without a tally on the scoreboard for either team the play really opened up in the second half.  RSL was able to take the 1-0 advantage over Dallas courtesy of a clinical cross by outside back Tanaka and a clean header by Sabo.  FC Dallas was able to tie it on an iffy goal.  There was a scramble in the box and it seemed as if Real had just survived the onslaught when it appeared that backup goalie Kyle Reynish made a save on the line.  However, the sideline referee said the ball crossed the line entirely and called a goal.  Real Salt Lake responded immediately though and scored just two minutes later.  Saborio doubled the score for Real with a shot that ricocheted off of a Dallas defender and beat Kevin Hartman on the near post.  This was the crucial point of the match.  It was then that goalkeeper Kyle Reynish was caught off his game when Blas Perez rocketed a shot right at him that deflected off of his outstretched hands and into the back of the net.  It looked as though Dallas might get their point at Rio Tinto, but RSL fans believed to the end and were rewarded when Nat Borchers, the White Rhino, hit the postage stamp of the net with his strike in the 92nd minute.

I’m all fine with winning the games late, as long as we win it.  Let’s just hope this drama doesn’t turn tides and start going the wrong way.  But I’ll take it when it’s here.

IF YOU BELIEVE THEN JUST STAND UP ON YOUR FEET!

Preview: Struggling FC Dallas visits RSL at the RioT

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It sure feels good to finally have a home game!  After a long absence at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake are finally returning to home sweet home.  They’re back to take on Dallas, who they battled to a 1-1 draw earlier this season in Texas.  That was a good result considering our claret and cobalt are still yet to win in Texas.  But today is all about winning.  Anything less won’t be enough.  Real fell out of first place in the league after San Jose beat LA 3-2 and climbed a point ahead on the table with the same number of games played.  So a win is all Real Salt Lake should really go for.

As most of you have probably heard or noted, FC Dallas is struggling a lot right now.  They’ve been winless in their last 8 games.  They’re looking for any kind of result they can get today because they know how hard it is to beat Real Salt Lake on their home turf.

RSL will be facing some injury issues along with USMNT call-ups today and will be forced to test their depth.  Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando are off playing with the national team against Scotland.  Their replacements will be Kyle Reynish between the posts where he already has one shutout this season and Yordany Alvarez who has been labeled as a perfect fill-in for our captain Kyle Beckerman.

Injury-wise Real runs into problems in their back line.  Both Chris Wingert and Chris Schuler aren’t expected to make an appearance in today’s match.  So one could probably expect Japanese fullback Terukazu Tenaka to step in and start his second match of the season.  He looked shaky against Montreal when he got his first start.  Hopefully he’ll be able to play much more calmly and collected tonight if he’s called upon to play.  Javier Morales is also questionable for tonight, so expect youngster Luis Gil to step in and fill in the space at the top of the midfield diamond.

That’s all for today folks!

WE’RE HERE FOR RSL!!!

RSL @ SEA 5/12/12

RSL gets a vital 1-0 road win in Seattle

Preview: RSL walks into Seattle going for it all

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Tonight our claret and cobalt clad boys take on the Seattle Sounders, one of the teams just behind us in the Western Conference.  Not only that, but we’re first in the overall MLS standings for those of you who don’t know, and Seattle and San Jose are only a point behind us and Kansas City is only two behind us.  We’ve got quite a few games in hand, so we really need to pick up our pace if we want to keep our lead.  But then again, our focus is CONCACAF again.

Aside from standings, this is a pretty big match-up for both sides.  The Seattle vs RSL game has become pretty big over the years.  Almost a rivalry.  But not quite yet.  Seattle players went as far as saying the game has bad blood.  I guess we’ll find out tonight!

The Sounders are riding a 5-game winning streak into this game.  Real has struggled a little bit lately.  They are coming off a scoreless draw against the Fire in Chicago.  A win for RSL could really put the Salt Lake back on track in style and would knock back Seattle in what would be one of those six point games.

Javi is out for this one as he’s still on a little recovery from an injury sustained in Chicago.  He’ll be missed.  But he’s not irreplaceable.

This one’s up in the air tonight!

GO RSL!!!

RSL @ CHI 5/9/12

Real Salt Lake and the Chicago Fire battle to a 0-0 draw