SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014) – Real Salt Lake (11-5-10, 43 points, West #3) picked up a critical road point at San Jose Earthquakes (6-10-8, 26 points, West #8) on Saturday night, tying their Western Conference rivals 1-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
San Jose took an early lead on Saturday, getting a 14th minute goal from MF Sam Cronin to go up 1-0. RSL was able to pull even in the 36th minute through a penalty kick converted by MF Javier Morales to end the first half 1-1. Despite a nervy final few minutes, Real Salt Lake was able to hold onto the draw to leave Buck Shaw Stadium with a vital road point.
RSL Head Coach Jeff Cassar made two changes to the lineup that fell 2-1 at FC Dallas last week. Argentine playmaker and RSL veteran, Morales, made his return to the starting XI after missing the Claret-and-Cobalt’s last two matches due to a hip injury. RSL DF Abdoulie Mansally earned his fifth start of the year replacing DF Chris Wingert at left back.
Real Salt Lake created the first chance of the match in the fifth minute. Mansally received the ball on the left wing and whipped a cross into the box that RSL MF Luke Mulholland was able to get a head to, but his attempt from just outside the six yard box flew high over the crossbar.
San Jose managed to take advantage of an RSL defensive lapse to take the lead in the 14th minute. The play started with a Claret-and-Cobalt throw-in from inside its own final third that RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman couldn’t control, allowing San Jose FW Chris Wondolowski to pounce on the giveaway and drive towards goal. The USMNT striker opted not to shoot but cut back a pass for Cronin at the top of the area. Cronin took a touch into space and slotted a shot to the far post from the center of the box.
Wondolowski had a golden opportunity to double San Jose’s lead in the 19th minute. The play started with Quakes FW Tommy Thompson who won a header against RSL DF Nat Borchers outside the area that fell to Wondolowski inside the 18. The prolific scorer didn’t waste any time, blasting a half-volley attempt from the middle of the box just wide of the near post.
Real Salt Lake saw a bit of good fortune in the 35th minute when it was awarded a penalty kick that Morales converted for the equalizer. Mansally continued to be dangerous on the left wing, playing a low cross into the area that RSL FW Olmes Garcia attempted to run onto to, but San Jose DF Jordan Stewart slid in to make the tackle appearing to take down the Colombian striker at the top of the six while doing so. The referee pointed to the spot and Morales stepped up to take the kick, coolly finishing to the left corner in the 36th minute to remain perfect on PKs this year.
Rimando made a huge save in the 43rd minute to keep things level heading into the break. San Jose MF Shea Salinas started the play on the right wing, sending in a low ball into the box that slipped by Wondolowski to find MF Attiba Harris at the center of the area. Harris fired a shot to the bottom left corner that looked ticketed for the back of the net, but Rimando came up with a fantastic one-handed save to push the ball off the line.
Beckerman had a good look from distance in the 53rd minute. The RSL Captain blasted a right-footed shot from 28 yards out that just narrowly missed the right corner.
Real Salt Lake controlled much of the second half, pressuring San Jose in its search of a game-winner, but the Claret-and-Cobalt were unable to produce any clear-cut chances in front of goal. San Jose created a nervy final 10 minutes with the Quakes pouncing on the counter, requiring a big defensive play from RSL DF Chris Schuler in the 83rd minute to snuff out Thompson on the break. San Jose continued to pile on the attack in the stoppage time earning a corner kick in the 93rd minute. The cross into the box found San Jose’s Harris but his header went straight to Rimando for the easy save. The Quakes were unable to break through in the end to finish the match 1-1.
RSL will return to action next Saturday, with a rematch against FC Dallas at 8:00 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium. Tickets to the RSL-Dallas match can be purchased at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office, over the phone at 801-727-2700 or online at www.RealSaltLake.com/Tickets.
Real Salt Lake continues its road schedule this Saturday, when it heads to California to take on San Jose Earthquakes at 8:30 p.m. MT at Buck Shaw Stadium. Saturday’s match will be broadcast live on CW30 and ESPN 700 AM, and 102.3 La Gran D FM.
Real Salt Lake will look to regain its footing in the Western Conference after getting bumped down to fourth-place after LA Galaxy defeated D.C. United 4-1 this past Wednesday. The Claret-and-Cobalt posts an 11-5-9 record and total of 42 points, tying the club on points with FC Dallas but claiming one-fewer win than the Texas side. Saturday’s match will provide RSL with an opportunity to pick up much needed points in order to stay in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. Real Salt Lake currently sits sixth in the league, tied on points with Dallas and Sporting Kansas City, while both LA and D.C. claim 43 and Seattle sit atop the table with 45 points with a game in hand on RSL.
Real Salt Lake enters this weekend’s matchup coming off a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium last Friday. The defeat ended the Claret-and-Cobalt’s unbeaten run at six games and its win streak at three – RSL had gone 4-0-2 in MLS play heading into the clash in Frisco. The Claret-and-Cobalt fell behind in the second half despite having a man advantage, when FCD DF Je-Vaughn Watson scored off a corner kick in the 50th minute. Dallas went on to double its lead on a counter attack through MF Fabian Castillo in the 74th minute. Real Salt Lake was able to pull one back in stoppage time through FW Olmes Garcia but it proved not enough to complete the comeback.
Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes have met once before this year, a wild 3-3 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 15. San Jose took an early lead, getting a sixth minute goal from FW Chris Wondolowski to go up 1-0. RSL hit back with three unanswered goals before halftime, with Captain Kyle Beckerman equalizing with a fantastic 11th minute strike before FW Joao Plata scored in the 32nd and MF Luke Mulholland tallied in first half stoppage time to give RSL a 3-1 lead at the break. Unfortunately, the Claret-and-Cobalt couldn’t hold onto its advantage, with DF Victor Bernardez scoring in the 75th and 95th to give the Quakes a result.
Real Salt Lake has an even history against the Quakes, posting a 7-7-6 all-time regular season record against the California side. The Claret-and-Cobalt has a 4-4-2 all-time regular season road record against the Bay Area club.
Saturday’s contest could see the debut of new Real Salt Lake FW Sebastian Jaime. The Argentine striker joined the club earlier this week and will travel with the club to San Jose, but the newcomer will likely only serve as an option off the bench. Jaime was acquired from Chilean Primera División club Unión Española earlier this month.
The Earthquakes enter Saturday’s match coming off a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia Union at PPL Park last Sunday. San Jose is now winless in their last four games and sit eighth in the Western Conference with a 6-10-7 record and total of 25 points.
The Claret-and-Cobalt will return home after its match in the Bay Area, playing host to Western Conference foe FC Dallas on Sept. 6 at Rio Tinto Stadium at 8:00 p.m. MT. Tickets to the RSL-Dallas contest can be purchased at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office, online at http://www.realsaltlake.com/Tickets or over the phone at 801-727-2700.
RSL History v. San Jose Earthquakes
Real Salt Lake has an even history against the San Jose Earthquakes, posting a 7-7-6 all-time regular season record against the California side. RSL has a 4-4-2 all-time regular season road record at the Earthquakes.
Real Salt Lake has announced that GK Nick Rimando, FW Joao Plata and DF Carlos Salcedo have all received call-ups to their respective national teams next month. Rimando is the only MLS player named to U.S. Manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s 22-man roster for an international friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3. Plata received his second-ever call-up to the Ecuadorian National Team for a pair of friendlies against Bolivia on Sept. 5 and Brazil on Sept. 9. Salcedo was again included in Mexico’s U-21 camp, which serves as a preparatory squad for Mexico’s 2016 Olympic efforts.
Rimando will join the U.S. squad in Prague, Czech Republic next week after Real Salt Lake’s MLS match at San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday. The Sept. 3 friendly between the U.S. and Czech Republic will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and kick at 12:15 p.m. MT. Rimando will not remain with the USMNT for its four-day international training camp scheduled after the friendly and will return to Real Salt Lake ahead of its match with FC Dallas on Sept. 6 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Rimando is not scheduled to miss any Claret-and-Cobalt action.
“This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the No. 1 spot,” said Klinsmann in wake of the announcement that U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was taking a one year sabbatical from international play.
Rimando was most recently with the U.S. Men’s National Team this past summer for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The veteran MLS goalkeeper did not feature in any U.S. World Cup matches. Rimando has 14 career caps with the U.S senior team and two starts for the USMNT this year, playing the full 90 in the team’s win over Korea Republic and draw with Mexico. The 34-year-old ‘keeper had six appearances with the USMNT in 2013, posting a perfect 6-0-0 record, registering two shutouts, allowing just four goals and helping lead the team to its CONCACAF Gold Cup crown.
Real Salt Lake’s 2014 leading goal scorer Joao Plata has been named to the senior Ecuadorian National Team for just the second time in his career. Plata will join Ecuador for a pair of friendlies to be played in the U.S. as it prepares for the 2015 Copa América in Chile. Ecuador will face Bolivia on Sept. 5 in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium and will then take on Brazil at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sept. 9. Plata has made one prior appearance for Ecuador while with previous club Toronto FC, featuring in a friendly on June 1, 2011 at BMO Field. Plata is set to miss Real Salt Lake’s home contest with FC Dallas on Sept. 6 but will return to the club ahead of its match at Seattle Sounders FC on Sept. 12.
Real Salt Lake Homegrown Player Carlos Salcedo will join the Mexican U-21’s for the third time this year. Salcedo received his first call-up to the U-21’s this past April and joined the squad for its most recent July camp, where the center back started and played a full 90 minutes in its matches against USL Pro’s Richmond Kickers and NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions. Salcedo will miss RSL’s matchup with FC Dallas on Sept. 6 but will return to Utah ahead of the Claret-and-Cobalt’s Sept. 12 road date against Seattle.
Real Salt Lake returns to MLS action this Saturday, when it heads to California to take on San Jose Earthquakes at 8:30 p.m. MT at Buck Shaw Stadium. Saturday’s match will be broadcast on CW30, ESPN 700 AM and 102.3 La Gran D FM.
Real Salt Lake (11-5-9, 42 points, West #3), was unable to extend its six-game unbeaten run on Friday night, falling 2-1 to Western Conference foe FC Dallas (12-7-6, 42 points, West #2) at Toyota Stadium.
Real Salt Lake could not overcome two second half goals despite having a man advantage for the final 45 minutes. FC Dallas FW Blas Perez received a second yellow card in the 45th minute to reduce the home side to 10 men at the close of the first half. In spite of being down a man, FCD proved to be the more clinical side, scoring the opening goal in the 50th minute through FCD DF Je-Vaughn Watson and doubling its lead through FW Fabian Castillo in the 74th minute. Real Salt Lake was able to pull one back in stoppage time through FW Olmes Garcia but it proved not enough to complete the comeback.
FC Dallas registered the first chance of the night in the third minute. Dallas MF Victor Ulloa received the ball outside the area on the right side and played a nice pass along the top of the box to open Dallas DF Jair Benitez. Benitez tried his luck from distance, blasting a left-footed shot to the far post that went just wide.
Real Salt Lake had an excellent opportunity to take the lead in the 18th minute. RSL earned a free kick 25 yards out from goal on the right wing. RSL MF Luis Gil took the kick, whipping a ball into the box that RSL FW Robbie Findley managed only to get a slight touch on and the ball deflected off a Dallas defender for a corner kick. RSL FW Joao Plata had a great look off the ensuing corner, receiving a short pass on the left side of the box and firing a shot to the near post that almost beat FCD GK Raul Fernandez.
RSL GK Nick Rimando kept the score line even with a fantastic save in the 22nd minute. Dallas FW Fabian Castillo showed why he is one of the most dangerous attackers in MLS, working his way into the area and exhibiting some nifty footwork to catch RSL DF Tony Beltran flat-footed at the top of the six yard box. Castillo wound up a shot from close range but Rimando read the attempt well, diving to his left to cobble up the shot.
Rimando came up with another incredible save in the 31st minute. FCD MF Andres Escobar started the play on the counter, playing a through ball for FW Tesho Akindele in behind the back line. Rimando was forced to come off his line to meet the forward at the top of the box, but Akindele was able to dodge the RSL ‘keeper and worked his way around several defenders inside the area to get a clear shot on an open net. But Rimando continued to show why he is one of the best, getting a hand to the shot while retreating at the center of the box to deflect the attempt over the bar.
The game got heated at the end of the first half with Dallas’ Perez receiving a second yellow card for embellishment after a scuffle with RSL DF Chris Schuler – who also received a yellow card for the entanglement. With the second infringement, FC Dallas was reduced to 10 men for the rest of the match.
Despite being a man down, FC Dallas went on to take the lead in the 50th minute off a corner kick. FC Dallas MF Michel took the corner, whipping a ball into the box that found FCD’s Watson open in front of net who then managed to chest the ball into the goal.
RSL continued to create chances despite the deficit, with Findley almost equalizing in the 56th minute. Claret-and-Cobalt MF Luke Mulholland started the play with a free kick, sending a nice ball into the box from 30 yards out that Findley superbly headed on frame, but the attempt was just inches high and smacked off the crossbar.
RSL head coach Jeff Cassar decided to make an offensive substitution a minute later, taking off DF Chris Wingert for FW Olmes Garcia to situate three attackers up top. Dallas went on to take advantage of the vacated left side and doubled its lead in the 74th minute on the counter. FCD rookie Akindele headed down a ball into the path of Castillo who then torched his way down the field past a recovering RSL back line into the box. The Colombian went on to finish a lovely right-footed shot to the far post.
The Claret-and-Cobalt found a consolation goal in the 91st minute. RSL’s Plata took a corner kick that drifted through the 18 yard box that RSL MF Sebastian Velasquez collected on the right side. The Colombian sent a cross back into the area which Garcia attempted to bicycle kick from six yards out. The shot took a bounce in front of goal before slipping into the near post.
The Claret-and-Cobalt continues its road schedule next Saturday, when it heads to California to take on San Jose Earthquakes at 8:30 p.m. MT at Buck Shaw Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on CW30, ESPN 700 AM and 102.3 La Gran D FM.
Real Salt Lake will look to continue its current six-game unbeaten run on Friday, when it heads to Texas to face FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium at 7:00 p.m. MT. The match will be nationally broadcast on NBC Sports Network and locally on ESPN 700 and 102.3 La Gran D FM.
Real Salt Lake enters Friday’s matchup coming off a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC last Saturday that moved RSL to the top of the Western Conference. RSL FW Joao Plata scored the opening goal in the 53rd minute, heading home a free kick taken by RSL MF Luke Mulholland. RSL doubled its lead four minutes later after Mulholland got on the end of a pass from RSL MF Luis Gil inside the box, and slotted a shot into the left corner. Seattle managed to pull one back in the 72nd minute through FW Chad Barrett, but the Claret-and-Cobalt was able to hold onto the lead to improve its unbeaten run in MLS play to six games. With an 11-4-9 record, Real Salt Lake is now tied for first on points (42) in the Western Conference after Seattle drew 1-1 with San Jose Earthquakes last night. The Sounders have the edge over RSL however, recording two more wins than the Claret-and-Cobalt to put themselves ahead.
Friday’s contest between RSL and FC Dallas will be the second meeting between the two sides in 2014. In the first matchup, the Claret-and-Cobalt played the Hoops to a scoreless draw on May 24 at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL trails Dallas in the all-time series, going 9-13-5 against FCD in MLS play. The last time the two sides met at Toyota Stadium, RSL pulled off a 3-0 win on July 13, 2013 for the club’s first-ever win in Texas as well as the club’s 100th regular season victory. RSL was without a few key players that match, with Captain Kyle Beckerman, DF Tony Beltran, GK Nick Rimando and FW Alvaro Saborio all unavailable due to international duty. Despite the absences, RSL went on to get the historic win through goals from MF Javier Morales, MF Ned Grabavoy and FW Olmes Garcia.
The Claret-and-Cobalt has struggled historically in Frisco, posting a 1-9-2 regular season road record against FCD, and recording only nine goals while conceding 21. RSL has had mixed results on the road this year, posting a 4-3-4 record for a total of 16 points.
FC Dallas enters Friday’s tilt on a streak of its own, going unbeaten in its last nine games and winning three straight. The Hoops are fresh off a 5-0 thrashing of San Jose at Buck Shaw Stadium on Aug, 16. The demolition saw a hat trick from rookie FW Tesho Akindele and a brace from Colombian speedster FW Fabian Castillo. Dallas currently sits third in the west with an 11-7-6 overall record for a total of 39 points. The Texas side also leads MLS with a league high of 43 goals scored.
RSL History v. Dallas
Friday’s contest between RSL and FC Dallas will be the second meeting between the sides in 2014. In the first matchup, the Claret-and-Cobalt played the Hoops to a scoreless draw on May 24 at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL trails Dallas in the all-time series, going 9-13-5 against FCD in MLS play. The last time the two sides met at Toyota Stadium, RSL pulled off a 3-0 win on July 13, 2013 for the club’s first-ever win in Texas. The Claret-and-Cobalt has struggled in Frisco, posting a 1-9-2 regular season road record against FCD.
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