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Never a Dull Moment at RSL

Posted on 09 August 2007 by ASN Staff

Ellinger resigns after Real win
by Kali Korbis

SALT LAKE CITY August 9, 2007 (ASN)- Despite getting their second win of the season last weekend, Real Salt Lake have still had their share of ups and downs this week.

RSL defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 last Saturday on a Robbie Findley goal, despite missing Andy Williams to suspension and Alecko Eskandarian to injury.

Findley took advantage of a miscue by the Dynamo defense in the 84th minute, effectively ending Houston’s eleven-game unbeaten streak.


© Julia Fizer /gypsyspirit photos
Robbie Findley took MLS goal of the week honors

However, Real’s technical director, John Ellinger, resigned on Tuesday. The reason for Ellinger’s resignation is unclear, although the former RSL head coach admitted to The Salt Lake Tribune that he had struggled with his current situation, which left him in an administrative role after Jason Kreis took over head coaching duties.

RSL’s owner Dave Checketts released a statement regarding Ellinger’s resignation, stating, “Real Salt Lake will be eternally grateful for all that John Ellinger has given this organization since our inception.”

“John was tireless in his pioneering efforts as our first head coach and more recently as our technical director, enlightening players, fans, media, and the community-at-large with his expertise and in building and developing the fantastic soccer culture in Utah. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

RSL have also been without a general manager since Steve Pastorino was asked to resign several months ago. Ellinger had been advising Kreis on player-personnel issues.

In addition, Real have a two-week layoff with which to contend. Their next game will be at home against the Chicago Fire on August 18.

“Now the key is to stay on track,” said RSL captain Eddie Pope after Saturday’s win. “We wish there was another game right away so we could build momentum, but we’ve just got to stay sharp over the next several days and go into the next game.”

Meanwhile, Findley won the MLS Goal of the Week award for his goal against the Dynamo, which occurred on his 22nd birthday.

Kreis said of Findley’s performance against Houston: “He was absolutely unbelievable the entire game and the goal really just capped off all of the hard work that he put into that match. That just blew my mind the amount of work he was putting in, the lost causes he was chasing down in the first half, making sliding tackles to keep the ball in play and into the box. For me, man of the match, no question.”

“It couldn’t be better,” said Findley of his goal. “A win’s always good.”

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