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A night of firsts as RSL claim top of the West

Posted on 14 July 2008 by Patrick McShane

Nunez keeps his eye on the prize ©ASN/Julia Fizer

Saturday night was a night of firsts for Real Salt Lake as they rolled to an impressive 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew. RSL rookie striker Tino Nuñez notched his first professional start in the MLS as he formed a surprise starting strike team with Yura Movsisyan. Defensive midfielder Nathan Sturgis saw his first minutes of action since injuring his hamstring on April 19 against Toronto FC by entering the match with one-minute left in regulation. But most important to the team and their supporters is the fact that RSL catapulted into first place in the Western Conference for the first time in team history

The Crew entered the match enjoying a four match unbeaten streak and looked poised to steal the first win of the season on RSL’s home turf of Rice-Eccles Stadium. On the other hand, RSL were still reeling from a draw at home the previous week to the Houston Dynamo in a match that yielded six yellow cards as well as the ejection of RSL defender Chris Wingert late in the match. This meant that outside of the new look strike pairing, RSL would also be starting a makeshift defense on the wings.

Because of these changes, one wouldn’t fault RSL if they had started the match unorganized and sluggish. However, few could predict that RSL would be holding a 1-0 lead and be in firm control of the match after just four minutes. While stellar midfielder Javier Morales is not typically known as a goal scorer, he is well known for his technique with free kicks and one could feel the anticipation from the 12,378 fans in attendance as he stepped up to take a kick Movsisyan had earned at the top of the box. While Morales didn’t strike the kick as effectively as he might have wanted, he did not disappoint as he drove the ball in-between two Crew defenders to the right of a diving William Hesmer.

Despite the early goal, the Crew could have easily passed it off as a fluke occurrence and taken control of the match. However, the emotional response needed never happened and RSL continued to control possession and repeatedly attack a flustered Crew back line beyond the best efforts of defender Chad Marshall. In fact, it was the size and strength of Marshall versus the smaller strike tandem of Nuñez & Movsisyan that prohibited RSL from extending their lead before half. In return, the Crew had only a handful of opportunities for the remainder of the half, mostly in the form of corner kicks and by means of both dangerous and wildly errant crosses.

Hejduk and Marshall make a Movsisyan sandwich ©ASN/Julia Fizer

Though it appeared that RSL had control of the match, they struggled to find a second goal to push themselves to safety. This inability almost came to haunt them in the 50th minute when Argentine midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto collected a poor clearance about thirty yards out from goal and riffled a shot beyond the outstretched arms of keeper Nick Rimando. Unfortunately for the Crew, Schelotto’s shot ricocheted off of the left post and was cleared out of bounds. This chance would be the last close call for Columbus and signaled a significant change in the flow of the match.

With approximately 20 minutes left in the match, RSL had completely realigned their attack, replacing both Nuñez and Movsisyan for usual starters Robbie Findley and Kenny Deuchar. These changes had an immediate impact as Findley utilized his speed against a tired Crew defense, while Deuchar began to manhandle a now tired Marshall. This new combination in attack paid off in the 78th minute when Deuchar headed on a lob pass from Morales to a speeding Findley. Knocking the ball past Hesmer as he came out to collect, Findley hardly took a moment to drill the ball into the back of the net despite Danny O’Rourke’s diving tackle. It appeared that the tactic implemented by RSL coach Jason Kreis paid off just as planned, as confirmed by Findley after the match. “That is the whole point. Jason [Kreis] said they were going to bring us (Findley and Deuchar) on late when they were tired, and it ended up in a goal.”

RSL will have little time to enjoy this win and they now begin a lengthy road schedule with four of their next six matches in hostile territory. If RSL want to make this first visit to the top of the Western Conference a lengthy stay, they need to focus on improving their road performance and stealing points whenever possible. If captain Kyle Beckerman’s post-match sentiments speak for his squad, one would think they’d look particularly formidable. “Right now is not the most important time to be in first place. That is going to be at the end of the year. We wanted to be in this position since the start of the season, and to get there is a big feat. We just need to keep going and keep learning and keep getting better as a team.”

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Match Facts

Scoring Summary:
RSL — Javier Morales 3 (unassisted) 4
RSL — Robbie Findley 4 (Kenny Deuchar 1) 78

Columbus Crew — William Hesmer, Frankie Hejduk, Chad Marshall, Danny O’Rourke, Ryan Junge (Stefani Miglioranzi 56), Emmanuel Ekpo (Duncan Oughton 51), Brian Carroll, Brad Evans, Robbie Rogers, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Steven Lenhart 70), Alejandro Moreno.

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Ian Joy, Andy Williams (Nathan Sturgis 89), Dema Kovalenko, Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman, Yura Movsisyan (Robbie Findley 64), Tino Nunez (Kenny Deuchar 69).

Misconduct Summary:
CLB — Duncan Oughton (caution; Reckless Foul) 65
RSL — Kyle Beckerman (caution; Reckless Foul) 78
RSL — Tony Beltran (caution; Reckless Foul) 81
RSL — Nat Borchers (caution; Reckless Foul) 90

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RSL down road warrior Revs

Posted on 23 June 2008 by Patrick McShane

Real Salt Lake (5-5-4, 19 pts.) continued their impressive run of home domination; dispatching the New England Revolution (8-4-3, 26 pts.) 2-1 in a match that now place RSL in sole possession of second place in the Western Conference. With the win, RSL move to the .500 mark and continue their unbeaten streak at home for the season.

Despite an emphatic result against one of the top teams in the MLS, things didn’t appear so rosy for RSL in the early minutes of the match. Skillfully controlling possession and working the ball wide, it appeared that RSL were poised to strike early. However, that quickly changed in the 8th minute when Adam Cristman took advantage of sloppy communication between keeper Nick Rimando and defender Nat Borchers, to steal and early goal, stunning the 11,965 RSL fans in attendance. What looked like a harmless deep pass from Revs keeper Matt Reis turned into tragedy as the ball skied off of the plastic pitch at Rice-Eccles Stadium, causing a 50/50 dilemma for Rimando and Borchers. Noticing the confusion, Cristman seized the moment and rushed from behind Borchers to casually head the ball into the back of the net.

Reis got to this one… ©ASN/Julia Fizer

One could sense the energy on the pitch jump up a level as RSL began to push forward. That energy came to fruition a short three minutes later when RSL equalized off of a free kick. After striker Robbie Findley was taken down approximately 30 yards outside of the box, midfielder Javier Morales stepped up to lash a beautiful cross deep into a crowd of players in the box, knocking the ball in the net off of the head of Revs defender Jay Heaps. The importance of the goal couldn’t have been greater, as RSL coach Jason Kreis noted after the match: “That was hugely important that we had a quick turnaround there, because if it had dragged on a lot longer until halftime it would have been a difficult thing to come back from mentally for the guys.”

…but not the game winner by Tino Nunez, here in his post game interview

For the remainder of the first half both teams continued to press for a game-changing goal. Revolution rookie sensation Kheli Dube blasted a shot on goal that Rimando barely got a hand on to pop up in the air. On the other side of the pitch, RSL striker Kenny Deuchar had two chances to score, both by challenging Reis for potential headers in the box with the first header hitting off the right post and the second drifting harmless out of bounds. Trepidation hit in 40th minute when Findley appeared to have been knocked out as he was going for an aerial challenge, leading to a mild concussion and an eventual substitution for unproven rookie striker Tino Nuñez.

The second half began where the first half left off with RSL continuing to look bright on attack and capable in defense. Right-back Tony Beltran created multiple opportunities for Deuchar, putting in two deadly crosses from the right wing that created anxious moments for the Revs. However, the momentum of the match took a significant turn in the 60th minute, when Nuñez scored his first MLS goal of his young career due to a fortuitous deflection off of a Revs defender. Morales was trying to play the ball into space for Nuñez on a cut-run, only for the ball to deflect of the back of a Revs player and fall at the feet of an open Nuñez with yards of space around him. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Nuñez coolly placed the ball to the right of goal past Reis with a finish that would impress even a seasoned striker.

Williams gives chase

Despite earning the go-ahead goal, RSL continued to press forward hoping to distance themselves from the Revs as much as possible. After near misses by midfielders Andy Williams and Matias Cordoba, the match ended with RSL earning a well-deserved three points that had eluded them for the past two home matches. RSL will take their unbeaten streak of five matches on the road next Saturday as they face Easter Conference cellar-dwellers Kansas City Wizards.

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AT A GLANCE

Scoring Summary:
NE — Adam Cristman 4 (unassisted) 8?
RSL — Own Goal (Jay Heaps) 11?
RSL — Tino Nunez 1 (unassisted) 60

New England Revolution — Matt Reis, Chris Albright, Jay Heaps, Michael Parkhurst, Amaechi Igwe (Wells Thompson 62), Steve Ralston, Jeff Larentowicz, Pat Phelan, Sainey Nyassi (Chris Tierney 77), Kheli Dube, Adam Cristman.

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman, Dema Kovalenko, Javier Morales, Andy Williams (Matias Cordoba 84), Robbie Findley (Tino Nunez 41), Kenny Deuchar (Kenny Cutler 71).

Misconduct Summary: ?
NE — Jay Heaps (caution; Tackle from Behind) 20?
NE — Steve Ralston (caution; Reckless Foul) 66?
RSL — Kyle Beckerman (caution; Reckless Foul) 76

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RSL Demolish Weary United

Posted on 13 April 2008 by Patrick McShane

RSL made it three straight wins at home against D.C. United Saturday as they defeated the winners of last year’s Supporters’ Shield 4-0. Kyle Beckerman celebrated his first captaincy of the season by scoring twice while Dema Kovalenko assisted on two goals as RSL claimed it’s largest margin of victory in team history.

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One would expect United to be weary after their mid-week loss to Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. Add travel, adapting to Salt Lake City’s elevation, and an unforgiving plastic pitch to the equation and United were in for an uphill battle. In response to their busy week, United rested many of their starters, including big off-season acquisition Marcelo Gallardo. Unfortunately, it was apparent from the beginning that United could have used some of those players as they were down after the 12th minute.Working with Kovalenko on a combination of passes, Beckerman took a sublime through ball and launches a low shot to the bottom right corner of goal.

Chris Wingert celebrates the win (c) Julia Fizer

Despite losing the early lead, United were the aggressors for much of the first half, working both wings for crosses into RSL’s box only to be cleared or collected.United immediately responded, pressuring RSL’s defense with two dangerous crosses. However, it was RSL who struck again only seven minutes later when Kovalenko assisted Fabian Espindola on a deep pass. What initially looked like a harmless lob by Kovalenko into United’s final third soon turned to disaster as Espindola calmly collected off the bounce and slotted the ball past Jose Carvallo, despite making contact with his left hand.

For the remainder of the half United continued to create dangerous crosses, with Devon McTavish looking particularly keen, only to find no one on the receiving end. In the meantime, RSL racked up suspicious fouls with two calls each going against Nathan Sturgis and Kenny Deuchar. Deuchar, who spent the last four seasons with Scottish Premier side Gretna, seemed particularly confused by the calls. “I was the one that won the ball… I’ve clearly headed the ball and for some reason (the referee) is giving free kicks. The way I play is honest and I’m always going for the ball… I don’t try to commit fouls.” Deuchar received a yellow card minutes later for dissent.

The second half appeared to be more of the same, just without opportunities to finish as both Espindola and Kovalenko continued to torch United’s left back. In the 51st minute Deuchar produced his best chance of the match when he broke on a pass just beyond midfield and was one-on-one with Carvallo. However, the chance was soon wasted as the Scotsman blasted his opportunity wide left of the goal. Minutes later Javier Morales almost scored his first goal of the season. Taking a free kick from nearly 30 yards out, the Argentine midfielder drove the shot just past the outstretched hands of Carvallo only to see the ball bounce off the right post.

Whereas RSL seemed content with the scoreline near the end of the first half, it was apparent their attitude had changed as RSL continued to torment United’s backline. Coach Jason Kreis brought on Robbie Findley in the 70th minute for a winded Espindola to keep RSL’s attack fresh. This tactic paid off eight minutes later when Findley set up Beckerman’s second goal of the match. Collecting a header from defender Nat Borchers at the top of the box, Findley coolly passed back to an attacking Beckerman who rocketed a shot into the back of the net. Findley capped off his super-sub performance in the 87th minute when fought off United defender Gonzalo Peralta on a horrible header back to Carvallo and headed home the fourth goal of the match.

Smiles were all around as RSL celebrated their first win of the season after the final whistle blew. United, drawing to conclusion a long week of travel and disappointment, quietly walked to their locker room. One would assume that everyone involved with RSL would have been ecstatic with the win, though Coach Kreis gave a different impression. “For me the soccer wasn’t quite as good as I thought it has been the last two games on our side. So scoring the goals obviously makes things look brighter, but I think there are some things to take away from tonight’s game as well.”

RSL looks to build upon this win and take to heart some of those areas of continued improvement when they visit Toronto next Saturday. For the time being, however, RSL is going to enjoy their first emphatic win of this young MLS season and let Toronto doing the worrying. As Deuchar noted: “I don’t think Toronto will be looking forward to playing us now.”
McTavish shadows Beckerman (c) Julia Fizer

Stat Sheet

D.C. United (1-2-0) vs. Real Salt Lake (1-1-1)
April 12, 2008 — Rice-Eccles Stadium

Scoring Summary:
RSL — Kyle Beckerman 1 (Dema Kovalenko 1) 12
RSL — Fabian Espindola 1 (Dema Kovalenko 2) 19
RSL — Kyle Beckerman 2 (Nat Borchers 1, Robbie Findley 1) 78
RSL — Robbie Findley 1 (unassisted) 87

D.C. United — Jose Carvallo, Bryan Namoff, Gonzalo Peralta, Domenic Mediate, Devon McTavish, Rod Dyachenko, Clyde Simms, Marc Burch (Santino Quaranta 46), Fred, Luciano Emilio (Franco Niell 62), Jaime Moreno (Dan Stratford 80).

Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Gallardo, Quavas Kirk, Gonzalo Martinez, Zach Wells

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, Matias Mantilla, Ian Joy (Tony Beltran 83), Dema Kovalenko, Javier Morales (Andy Williams 63), Nathan Sturgis, Kyle Beckerman, Kenny Deuchar, Fabian Espindola (Robbie Findley 70).

Substitutes Not Used: Yura Movsisyan, Jamison Olave, Chris Seitz, Carey Talley

Misconduct Summary:
RSL — Kenny Deuchar (caution; Dissent) 30
DC — Rod Dyachenko (caution; Tackle from Behind) 48
DC — Clyde Simms (caution; Tackle from Behind) 58

referee: Richard Heron
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson; Emiliano Monje
4th official: Ramon Hernandez
time of game: 1:46
attendance: 13,193
weather: Clear -and- 60 degrees

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