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Fight night at the RioT ends in 1-1 draw

Posted on 05 July 2009 by Patrick McShane

It was a night of disappointment and relief for Real Salt Lake as they battled back in added time to secure a 1-1 draw against the San Jose Quakes, despite being a man down due striker Fabian Espindola’s horror backlash against San Jose’s Brandon McDonald. It was the fourth time this season that an RSL player has been ejected as well as the third time that RSL has dropped points at home.

While the draw continues RSL’s undefeated streak, the sentiment of discontent was abundant in the locker room as it was a missed opportunity to earn full points at home.

“I’m pleased with the response of the team. The second half the energy level was higher, the possession was higher and, guess what, we had a bunch of chances. And then in particular, after we got the ejection, I thought the guys responded the right way. But three points are a must at home, and we didn’t get three points, so it’s a failure.” Said coach Jason Kreis after the match.

While the second half was played at a manic and crazed pace, the first half was lifeless and dull. RSL was the only squad able to muster a shot on goal, launching a measly two attempts, with an Espindola break on goal being the only attempt of any significance. San Jose, on the other hand, had their own battles to fight in the first half as they lost two players to injuries. Former U.S. standout Bobby Convey injured his right hamstring and captain Ramiro Corrales strained his ankle with both players substituted before the half.

These early substitutions would come back to haunt San Jose as it limited their strategic options later in the match. Noted San Jose coach Frank Yallop: “The two injuries cost us in the end because we couldn’t make changes when we needed to. When some of the players in key positions were getting tired, we couldn’t bring on fresh legs to help with the workload.”

RSL seemed to come out of the gates in the second half with more energy, possibly being the brink of the go-ahead goal if not for the stellar play of keeper Joe Cannon and the San Jose backline. Granted, RSL also appeared to sabotage opportunities by losing possession deep in the final third and by delivering sloppy crosses and passes. This offensive ineptness would come back to haunt RSL in the 63rd minute when Arturo Alvarez dribbled through three RSL defenders to slot the ball home with a left foot. The 17,478 fans were stunned, as it was truly one of the only offensive efforts that San Jose demonstrated all night.

Things continued to get worse for RSL, as San Jose began to bunker and waste time with extended injury breaks. Many RSL players, including Espindola and Javier Morales took exception to this tactic, and were trying to encourage the injured players to get up or leave the pitch. This led to the first altercation between Espindola and McDonald, as it seemed McDonald took a swing at Espindola after a heated argument over San Jose’s Jason Hernandez exaggerated injury and delayed return to play. While McDonald was awarded a yellow card for his actions, one could tell things were about to boil over.

It took only one minute for the conflict to reach a climax, as Espindola collected a pass on the left wing and began to charge forward. When McDonald came running from the middle of the pitch towards Espindola, there was little doubt that things would end ugly. While McDonald did get a piece of the ball with his slide tackle, he also got a lot of Espindola, which resulted in the scissor-kick takedown that eventually led to Espindola’s departure.

Typically being a man down is a huge handicap to overcome. However, RSL seemed to play better after Espindola’s ejection, creating many dangerous chances with little-to-no counterattack from San Jose. Stand-in captain Nat Borchers agreed with this notion, strangely stating: “I didn’t have a problem with Fabian getting sent off because I felt like it injected some energy into the game and I felt like we were better. We needed to show some emotion, and him not being here did that for us.”

That emotion finally produced a result just 1 minute into added time, when RSL scored an unlikely goal off of a sloppy broken play. Defender Robbie Russell launched a ball over the top of the defense, which Morales calmly collected and then distributed to striker Yura Movsisyan. Though Movsisyan immediately lost possession while running, the ball fortuitously bounced off of San Jose defender Chris Leitch and slowly rolled into the net. The San Jose staff and players were visibly upset at the turn of play as the match end minutes later.

RSL won’t play another match of consequence for nearly two weeks when they travel to Columbus to take on the reigning MLS champs. Between then, RSL will host Mexican side Club América next Saturday in this year’s edition of the annual XanGo Cup. This match will give RSL the opportunity to tinker with lineups and continue to adjust to the loss of midfielders Will Johnson and Kyle Beckerman to the Gold Cup tournament. With the summer transfer window also opening during that time, it could be a very different looking team that takes on the Crew on July 18.

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Rimando – The majority of San Jose’s shots on goal came late in the match and he wasn’t really challenged all night. He was absolutely stranded on the Alvarez goal thanks to Borcher’s missed sliding challenge.

Russell – He continues to deliver consistent performances despite being played in a variety of positions. It was his long ball that led to the tying goal.

Wingert – While I think he played decent, he is still a shadow of his former self from last season. With RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey insinuating the possible departure of a key player in the coming weeks, one can’t help but feel that Wingert’s days in an RSL kit might be numbered.

Borchers – He did an okay job as captain and defensive anchor due to Olave’s surprise benching, though he isn’t quite the vocal leader that typical captain Kyle Beckerman is. I wonder how the McDonald altercation might have turned out if Beckerman was involved instead of Borchers.

Beltran – Beltran continues to grow every week as a player. While he still struggles, his hustle and energy is a great change of pace compared to other players on the team. I’m interested to see what type of player Beltran will be in a couple of years.

Grabavoy – His play has been surprising as of late as he’s really stepped up his play. I thought it was a toss-up between him and Morales for Man of the Match. He tracked back on defense to disrupt and was savvy on attack.

Morales – There was doubt as to whether or not Morales would be able to go due to an ankle injury sustained last week against Toronto. Not only did Morales play, but he also didn’t stop moving the entire match. When RSL were pressing for a late goal, Morales was constantly moving and creating chances. I thought he was flat-out brilliant.

Mathis – Continues to be the most consistent performer for RSL on the season. It will be a shame if he isn’t rewarded with an All-Star nod for his play.

Williams – He just didn’t seem comfortable in an attacking role and there seemed to be a communication issue with the other strikers. Not a noteworthy performance.

Espindola – The best way to describe Espindola’s performance prior to his ejection would be “buzz-kill.” Every time there was an offensive build up, Espindola found a way to lose possession or waste the opportunity. His ejection was well deserved despite McDonald’s physical play and if he wants to remain an integral figure for RSL he needs to get his play and emotions under control.

Movsisyan – He challenged and fought for attacking opportunities, but just couldn’t find a way to be dangerous in front of goal. It will be interesting to see how Yura’s play changes with the return of Findley.

– Jason Kreis will say that Olave was benched for the sake of consistency, but anyone who paid attention to his comments after Olave’s ejection in the Houston match will know that his benching was a message. I can’t help but wonder if Alvarez would have made it through the defense so easily if Olave were standing in the way.

Findley – It took him a bit to warm up as this was his first minutes in nearly a month, but there wasn’t a more dangerous player on the pitch outside of Morales in the closing minutes of the match.

Cox – He seemed a little hesitant with his passes though he was active and involved.

San Jose Earthquakes (3-8-4) vs. Real Salt Lake (5-6-5)
July 03, 2009 — Rio Tinto Stadium

Scoring Summary:
SJ — Arturo Alvarez 5 (Pablo Campos 2) 63
RSL — Own Goal (Chris Leitch) 91+

San Jose Earthquakes — Joe Cannon, Chris Leitch, Jason Hernandez, Aaron Pitchkolan, Ramiro Corrales (Michael Zaher 45), Arturo Alvarez, Brandon McDonald, Antonio Ribeiro, Bobby Convey (Shea Salinas 38), Pablo Campos (Cornell Glen 87), Ryan Johnson.

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert (Raphael Cox 91+), Nat Borchers, Robbie Russell, Tony Beltran (Jamison Olave 72), Ned Grabavoy, Clint Mathis, Javier Morales, Andy Williams (Robbie Findley 62), Yura Movsisyan, Fabian Espindola.

Misconduct Summary:
SJ — Pablo Campos (caution; Simulation) 13
RSL — Andy Williams (caution; Tactical Foul) 43
SJ — Shea Salinas (caution; Reckless Tackle) 47
SJ — Brandon McDonald (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 75
SJ — Jason Hernandez (caution; Lack of Respect for Game) 76
RSL — Fabian Espindola (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 77
SJ — Chris Leitch (caution; Delaying a Restart) 86
SJ — Joe Cannon (caution; Delaying a Restart) 95+

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell; Eric Boria
4th official: Tyler Ploeger
Attendance: 17,478 / Weather: Clear -and- 80 degrees

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“New Quakes” look to maintain momentum against United

Posted on 04 September 2008 by mdiamond

As the San Jose Earthquakes suit up for their game this Saturday against D.C. United, the players and coaches will be dealing with a kind of pressure they have not had to face yet this season: a serious expectation to win. Since the franchise’s revival earlier this year, the Earthquakes organization and their faithful fans have relished the “baby steps,” as captain and center back Nick Garcia put it in a February interview, that have snowballed into the team’s current seat at 4th place in the Western Division. Now, with a newly and somewhat suddenly productive offense that has offered 14 goals in its last 7 games (as opposed to the 12 tallies it managed in the 16 games before that), the Earthquakes are as offensively potent and as fun to watch as they were before their departure from Spartan Stadium in 2004, and have maintained a defensive stinginess that is most exemplified in Joe Cannon’s fantastic goals-against average of just 1.18.

The last match these teams played means exactly as much as the four stars atop United’s crest will mean come 7 p.m. Saturday – nothing. The June 22 matchup between these two squads (which D.C. won 3-1) should be neither a source of apprehension nor a spring of revenge-fueled motivation for San Jose. They are a different squad entirely, sporting a midfield and front line that contain few of the players that took the field at RFK stadium. The addition of Darren Huckerby on the left flank, Artruro Alvarez and Scott Sealy in the forward slots and Ronnie O’Brien’s consistent hard work up and down the right sideline have given every other team in the MLS something to think about.

San Jose’s defense should have their hands full this Saturday matching up against Luciano Emilio and Jaime Moreno, who have combined for 20 goals already this season. Captain Nick Garcia and central defender Jason Hernandez, both solid ball-winners, should be able to contain D.C.’s deadly duo one-on-one, but when combination play at the top of the penalty area ensues the Quakes need to maintain their composure and double their work rate in order to prevent disaster. Without the settling presence of injured Ramiro Corrales in the midfield, San Jose must be wary of through-balls and quick counterattacks in the middle of the park. Ned Grabavoy slid into Corrales’ vacant position in the Quakes’ match against Kansas City last Saturday and looks to build his confidence and establish greater chemistry with the rest of the starting 11 this weekend. Grabavoy must maintain the blistering end-to-end pace that makes San Jose dangerous, but if his performance against the Wizards was a preview of what he will do against United, the Earthquakes midfield looks to be in good shape. For a team that lives and dies on momentum (only 10 of their games this season have seen a goal from both sides) the Quakes must look to score early, control the pitch with crisp passing and physical tackles, and manage the center of the park even without Corrales’ guidance.

D.C., on the other hand, enters this game a statistical favorite and with a well-established track record. They have scored 15 more goals than San Jose so far this season and, though not on a hot streak like their 6-win tear that spanned all of June and half of July, they are an opponent not easily held scoreless. Captain Jaime Moreno will be especially goal-hungry after missing an 81st-minute penalty kick that would have given his team a much-needed win at home over New York on Saturday. United is enjoying a boost between the pipes at the moment in Liberian-born Louis Crayton, the recent acquisition who has allowed just 2 goals in his 4 games. United’s defense has aided Crayton in securing shutouts in 3 of its last 4 games despite concerns over a relatively shallow bench caused by the absences of Dominic Mediate and Gonzalo Peralta, both of whom are currently sidelined by injuries.

As San Jose continues to emerge from their goal-anemic formative period that was its first 16 games, the team needs to play with confidence in the fact that they are a team good enough to win plenty of their remaining games and even, dare I say it, make the playoffs. The underdog image has been shattered and in its place stands the imposing and familiar silhouette of a team that can dump 4 goals on New England, hold Houston and Columbus scoreless and play the fast-paced, physical, electric soccer that their home city remembers, loves and deserves. Instead of being a conventional expansion franchise, one which lurks at the bottom of the standings for several years until some stroke of magic turns them into a viable championship contender, the Earthquakes are playing with the kind of precision, flair, and motivation that rekindles memories of the championship squads of ’01 and ’03. In short, if the Earthquakes play Saturday like they have in their last 6 games, they should continue their climb up the standings.

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Reds misfire at home

Posted on 19 July 2008 by Scott Ferguson

Toronto FC could only draw visiting San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Saturday, the fifth straight game at home they’ve failed to win. Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps and friendly opponents Pachuca and Independiente have all avoided defeat at BMO Field in the last month.

It was a listless performance by the two youngest teams in Major League Soccer thanks to a hot, humid afternoon at Exhibition Place stifling what little creative play was on offer.

Toronto boss John Carver made a couple of changes from the squad that fell 2-1 in Chicago last week, with youngsters Tyler Rosenlund and Abdus Ibrahim coming into the starting lineup. San Jose, coached by assistant Ian Russell after Frank Yallop’s suspension last week, brought new signings Francisco Lima, Scott Sealy and Darren Huckerby straight into the team.

As early as the ninth minute, Toronto had a “goal” ruled out long after the whistle had gone on an apparent offside by Ibrahim. Replays showed that the assistant to referee Paul Ward was mistaken.

It was midfield ace Amado Guevara who had the best chance of the first half, blazing over an open goal when Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon could only punch Marvell Wynne’s low cross into the Honduran’s path. Guevara was doing his best to bring the game to life with neat passing and a touch of flair but couldn’t keep the game from going into the break scoreless.


The muggy conditions ensured that the second half started just as the first had ended. The game’s major talking point came in the 69th minute when Ibrahim was hauled down in the 18-yard-box trying to get on the end of a cross. It looked like typical penalty area argy-bargy on second viewing, but Toronto were happy for the rare opportunity to test Cannon.

Guevara had hardly put a foot wrong all game but with the weight of the stadium on his shoulders, his effort from the spot was blocked with relative ease. The shot had power but was almost straight at the waiting Cannon, reminiscent of Collin Samuel’s wasted penalty in the season opener at Columbus, Toronto’s only previous trip to the spot all season.

Jim Cunningham was brought on seconds later to try and bring some bite to the Toronto attack, but it was too late for the 99-goal man to make an impact on the game.

With crucial matches approaching in the Canadian Championship and MLS in the coming weeks, John Carver will have to bring some bite into the Toronto attack. Tuesday brings the visit of Montreal Impact, with a win vital for TFC to claim the Voyageurs Cup and a spot in CONCACAF Champions League qualifying.

TFC may have become overconfident at home having gone undefeated at fortress BMO in MLS play, but with losses in friendly action and the Canadian Championship and two straight 0-0 draws in the league, fans in Toronto have forgotten what its like to see their team win. With more away matches than home ties scheduled for the remainder of the season, more firepower is needed fast before the Reds will have to bid their playoff hopes goodbye.

Match Facts

San Jose Earthquakes (3-9-5) vs. Toronto FC (6-6-4)
July 19, 2008 — BMO Field

Scoring Summary:
San Jose Earthquakes — Joe Cannon, James Riley, Ryan Cochrane, Jason Hernandez, Eric Denton, Francisco Lima (Kelly Gray 63), Ramiro Corrales, Darren Huckerby (Kei Kamara 64), Ronnie O’Brien, Ryan Johnson, Scott Sealy (John Cunliffe 94+).

Substitutes Not Used: Ned Grabavoy, Ivan Guerrero, David Monsalves, Shea Salinas

Toronto FC — Greg Sutton, Marvell Wynne, Tyrone Marshall, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan, Rohan Ricketts, Carl Robinson, Tyler Rosenlund (Jeff Cunningham 70), Laurent Robert, Amado Guevara, Abdus Ibrahim.

Substitutes Not Used: Nana Attakora-Gyan, Brian Edwards, Gabe Gala, Tyler Hemming, Julius James, Jarrod Smith

Misconduct Summary:
TOR — Abdus Ibrahim (caution; Delaying a Restart) 18
SJ — Jason Hernandez (caution; Pushing, Holding) 26

Referee: Paul Ward
Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher; Daniel Belleau
4th official: Steven DePiero
time of game: 1:53
attendance: 20,264
weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 84 degrees

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RSL earn disappointing scoreless draw with Quakes

Posted on 20 June 2008 by Patrick McShane

Cunliffe heads it away from Borchers©ASN/Julia Fizer

Real Salt Lake (4-5-4, 16 pts.) remain unbeaten at home after drawing 0-0 against the San Jose Earthquakes (3-7-2, 11 pts.) in a hotly contested Wednesday night match in Salt Lake City. RSL let a perfect opportunity slip through their fingers to gain three more points in the competitive Western Conference as they were unable to take advantage of a man advantage for the second half due to the ejection of Earthquakes defender, Jason Hernandez.

One would think that both teams have become familiar foes this season, having met two previous times in both MLS and U.S. Open Cup play. RSL has outscored the Quakes 7-1 over those two matches, leading many to think that this would be another dominant performance by the home squad. Instead, both teams did little to impress as RSL couldn’t convert any of their 24 shots and the Quakes appeared content to bunker down and clear when under pressure.

The lineups for both teams appeared slightly different to previous encounters, with Matias Cordoba making his first home start for RSL as usual starting midfielder Andy Williams is on international duty for Jamaica. The Quakes also made a noticeable change, employing the services of standout midfielder Ronnie O’Brien on the hard plastic surface of Rice-Eccles Stadium for the first time this season. While Cordoba played admirably and was effective in supporting the attack, it was the play and aggression of O’Brien the held RSL to the scoreless draw. “He is a veteran, a leader, and an offense threat, so anytime we can get him on the field it is great for us… In the last two weeks he has led us out there on the field” noted Quakes defender Kelly Gray.

Beltran and Cunliffe get physical, physical©ASN/Julia Fizer

Despite O’Brien’s exceptional contribution, one would have to think that he and the entire Quakes squad feel fortunate to have escaped with the draw. Not only did RSL triple the Quakes total shots on goal and corner kicks earned, but they also had what appeared to be the game-winning goal called back in the 72nd minute due to a controversial offside call against captain Kyle Beckerman. Javier Morales drove a corner kick into the box which striker Robbie Findley calmly headed down towards both goal and Beckerman. Unsure as to whether the shot was going towards goal, Beckerman slammed the ball into the upper right corner. The 10,333 fans in attendance erupted as RSL players ran off to celebrate while Quakes players argued with the linesman for not raising his flag. After nearly two minutes of chaos and discussion on the pitch, the goal was called back after a meeting between the referee and his assistant.

Cunliffe and Olave do battle©ASN/Julia Fizer

The reversed call appeared to inspire RSL as they continued to drive forward, almost stealing another goal minutes later. While running up the right wing, Findley drove a low pass to Morales just at the top of the box which he blasted immediately at goal, only to see the ball hit the left post and bounce to safety. Even little-used substitute and typical holding-midfielder Kenny Cutler tried to get in the action in the dying minutes, as he lashed an amazing shot from 30 yards out only to be barely tipped away by Quakes keeper Joe Cannon. In the end, however, it made little difference as the Quakes continued to withstand every attack and escaped with a much needed point.

Unfortunately for RSL, they will have little time to lick their wounds from this bitter result as they host league-leading New England Revolution on Saturday. New England also played Wednesday night, coming from behind in the 79th minute to draw 1-1 with Red Bull New York at home. RSL has to hope that the Revs physical midweek match plus travel time will put them in the perfect position to earn a needed home win against a quality opponent before heading to Kansas City next week. Kick off is at 7:30 pm MT and can be seen live on MLS DirectKick.

Scoring Summary:

San Jose Earthquakes — Joe Cannon, James Riley, Kelly Gray, Jason Hernandez, Eric Denton, Ronnie O’Brien, Ramiro Corrales, Ned Grabavoy, Ivan Guerrero (Ryan Cochrane 51), Ryan Johnson, John Cunliffe (Adam Smarte 61).

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Chris Wingert, Matias Cordoba (Kenny Cutler 67), Dema Kovalenko, Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Findley, Kenny Deuchar (Tino Nunez 57).

Misconduct Summary:
SJ — Jason Hernandez (caution; Reckless Foul) 25
SJ — Jason Hernandez (ejection; Second Caution) 44
SJ — Ned Grabavoy (caution; Reckless Foul) 78
SJ — Kelly Gray (caution; Reckless Foul) 81
RSL — Nick Rimando (caution; Reckless Foul) 83

• RSL will most likely be without the services of midfielder Nathan Sturgis as well as strikers Fabian Espindola and Yura Movsisyan for the match on Saturday as all three are continuing to nurse injuries.
• As reported by the Official Real Salt Lake Blog “Behind the Shield” (http://rsltothecore.com) on June 11, RSL has begun to look at new players to add to the squad for the stretch run when the international transfer window opens on July 15. First to train with the squad was 29-year-old German midfielder Sebastian Schindzielorz and it is rumored that RSL will continue to be bringing in a number of players over the next couple of weeks.

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RSL remain undefeated at home by rocking the Quakes

Posted on 02 June 2008 by Patrick McShane

Real Salt Lake continued their stellar play at home this season, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 thanks to a second-half scoring barrage led by Robbie Findley and Javier Morales. RSL has yet to lose a match on their home turf this season and continue to appear formidable on the plastic pitch at Rice-Eccles stadium.

Despite the high-scoring result, the match resembled “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” more than a juggernaut display by a dominant home team. In fact, the match was defined by two key plays, both of which took place in the first three minutes of each half. RSL started off strong when midfielder Kyle Beckerman earned a free kick, which was subsequently hit off of a defender’s arm in the box resulting in a penalty. Stepping up for RSL’s first penalty kick of the season, Morales casually took a right-footed shot right into the diving arms of Quakes keeper Joe Cannon, missing out on a golden opportunity to take an early lead and set their opponents on their heels.


The penalty miss appeared to deflate RSL’s spirits as they struggled for the rest of the half to mount any significant attack outside of a header by RSL forward Kenny Deuchar that bounced off of the post. Deuchar was particularly furious as he felt Quakes defender Ryan Cochrane held him in the box, leading to his miss-hit header. However, what appeared to be a tightly contested match changed drastically when RSL striker Findley came on for injured striker Fabian Espindola late in the first half.

Findley’s energy and drive had an immediate impact less than three minutes into the second the half when he collected a long pass from Morales in the far left corner. Cutting into the middle of the pitch past an unprepared Quakes defense, Findley launched a low, powerful shot past a surprised Cannon to open scoring. This appeared to trigger RSL back to life, as they continued to pressure on attack. It seemed as if all the weight from the early penalty miss was now off their shoulders as their midfield worked cheeky passes and combination plays on the left wing. This newfound aggression paid off in the 60th minute when Morales and Findley combined again for a second goal.

Finding himself with yards of open space in the middle of the pitch, Morales drove the ball forward to an onrushing Findley dragging three Quakes defenders with him. Noticing Morales was making an off the ball run, Findley placed a perfect one-touch pass into the box which Morales slotted to the right past Cannon. Often maligned for his heavy first touch, Findley demonstrated throughout the second half a deft feel for possession and vision, particularly when picking out Morales and putting RSL in the driving seat.

The match was all but over when Andy Williams earned RSL’s second penalty kick of the match by taking a perfectly placed pass from Morales and turned on goal, only to be dragged down from behind. Avoiding a repeat scenario, midfielder Dema Kovalenko took the kick instead of Morales, powering a goal past Cannon after reading his initial movement.

With the game seemingly out of reach, Quakes head coach Frank Yallop subbed in young Englishman John Cunliffe. In less than twenty minutes of play, Cunliffe continued to terrorize the RSL back four, converting on one goal attempt and nearly stealing another. Collecting a beautiful back-heel pass from Nick Garcia, Cunliffe dribbled between two RSL defenders and slammed a vicious shot past keeper Nic Rimando in the 84th minute. While the goal appeared to pay immense dividends for their morale, it seemed to be too little too late for the Quakes as the match ended with no significant action over the final six minutes plus stoppage time.

RSL look to continue their quality home form next week when they take on the Kansas City Wizards at Rice-Eccles stadium. In fact, five of RSL’s next seven opponents will be hosted at home. It seems that despite their struggles on the road, RSL knows they have some sweet home cooking at the moment. As Deuchar noted: “We’ve got a lot of good wins right here as well. We’ve got to concentrate on keeping this place a very had place to come to. Teams don’t like coming here, and if they know we are good at home they’re going to like it even less.”

Attendance: 15,977
Weather: Clear -and- 80 degrees
Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, Utah

Scoring Summary:
RSL — Robbie Findley 2 (Javier Morales 6) 48
RSL — Javier Morales 2 (Robbie Findley 2) 60
RSL — Dema Kovalenko 1 (penalty kick) 73
SJ — John Cunliffe 1 (Ramiro Corrales 1) 84

Misconduct Summary:
SJ — Jason Hernandez (caution; Reckless Foul) 62
SJ — Nick Garcia (caution; Tackle from Behind) 72
RSL — Kenny Deuchar (caution; Reckless Foul) 81

San Jose Earthquakes — Joe Cannon, Jason Hernandez, Ryan Cochrane, Nick Garcia, Eric Denton, Shea Salinas (James Riley 59), Ramiro Corrales, Joe Vide (Kelly Gray 71), Ned Grabavoy, Ryan Johnson, Jovan Kirovski (John Cunliffe 74).

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Chris Wingert, Andy Williams, Dema Kovalenko, Javier Morales (Matias Cordoba 79), Kyle Beckerman, Kenny Deuchar (Tino Nunez 85), Fabian Espindola (Robbie Findley 45).

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