TEAM NEWS Real Salt Lake have now reeled off six games without loss, scoring eight goals in their last three games, winning two. “We stated before the game that this was a huge, huge match for us,” RSL head coach Jason Kreis said. “Probably the biggest one we’ve had this season against what I think is arguably the team that’s in the best form right now. To get all three points at home was big for us.” Fabian Espindola scored for the second consecutive game after coming off the bench as a substitute, his fifth goal in his last seven games. Real kept a clean sheet despite having two changes in the back four, with Nat Borchers suspended and Chris Wingert returning after a three-match absence. “Schuler stepped in again and played well with his confidence, and Olave stepped up again today,” Rimando said. “But I think the play of the day was Chris [Wingert] coming back and getting that ball before it went over the line.” One of the talking points after the match was the substitution of Alvaro Saborio. “Sabo was actually a player that I was looking to get off earlier, and you get to the second half and you get that goal advantage and you are starting to think to yourself, ‘Who do we need to get out to make sure that they are ready for Tuesday?’” said Kreis. “And especially a player like Sabo who has had knee injury issues — he was in my mind the whole time to try to rest a little bit. Then I thought about minute 80 he looked really tired, so the decision was made to get him some rest for Tuesday. He obviously wasn’t pleased with it.” Just three days after their league encounter, FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake met in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup, and this time FCD claimed a 2-0 victory. Jair Benitez curled home a freekick in the 18th minute, then Jackson finished off a quick break in the 54th for the victory. Here’s the RSL team: Kyle Reynish, Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert (Collen Warner 58), Kyle Beckerman, Ned Grabavoy (Arturo Alvarez 58), Will Johnson, Andy Williams, Fabian Espindola (Jean Alexandre 66), Luis Gil. The loss continued RSL’s dismal record at Pizza Hut Park; the scoreless draw earlier this season was the first time RSL had ever come away from Frisco with a result. “We have seen it lots of time here in Dallas, where we can’t get our energy level right. It presents its difficulties with the weather for us and it certainly did tonight,” Kreis said “If we don’t have the right energy and right mentality for games, we often don’t get results and when we do have the right mentality and energy we do get results.”
MLS GAME INFORMATION
Published on Jul 15, 2011
Published on Jul 15, 2011
The MLS Game Guide (Media Notes) in advance of the MLS regular season game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Real Salt Lake on Saturday, Ju...