Early afternoon delight; RSL stroll past the UnionBy Patrick McShane • May 8th, 2010 • Category: Match Reports
For the second week in a row Real Salt Lake faced an Eastern Conference foe at home, and for the second week they have emerged victorious. This week’s victim came in the form of expansion side Philadelphia Union who, despite looking the better team at times in the first half, coughed up possession in route to a disappointing 3-0 defeat. It was in particular a difficult afternoon for Union keeper Chris Seitz as he spent his formative years in MLS with RSL as a backup to MLS Cup hero Nick Rimando.
While the match ended with an inflated score line, the first half was quite a different story with chances coming few and far between. Both teams found it difficult to string together passes and much of the offensive buildup ended up with disappointment. In fact, it could be argued that one of the best chances early on came to the Union when Rimando was casual with the ball and turned the ball over to young rookie Jack McInerney with the goal completely open from 25 yards out. However, McInerney took too much time lining up his strike, giving RSL defender Jamison Olave time to save the day with a sliding block.
Noted RSL coach Jason Kreis after the match: “I really was displeased with our first half. I really felt like Philadelphia was the better team. We were very fortunate to have a lead at all. If the score would have been what I thought it should have been it probably would have been 3-1, us down; that doesn’t make me happy at all.”
Just minutes later it was the Union’s turn to make an unforced error, and unfortunately RSL would capitalize. While under minimal pressure, right back Christian Arrieta made a casual back pass to no one, leaving RSL forward Álvaro Saborío free to run at Seitz. While two Union defenders recovered quickly and blocked Saborío’s initial attempt, the ball fell perfectly to captain Kyle Beckerman who was able to slot the ball past Seitz for the opening tally.
Though striker Robbie Findley had to be replaced before half due to an injured back, RSL came out inspired for the final 45 minutes. Olave scored for the second consecutive match when Seitz couldn’t handle a free kick from Javier Morales on the left wing, spilling the ball right to Olave in front of goal for the tap in. Saborío made up for his blown chance early in the match and headed home RSL’s third score of the afternoon off of a beautiful run of play between him and substitute Pablo Campos.
RSL will complete their three game home stand on short rest when they line up against the Houston Dynamo this coming Thursday. It will be a fantastic opportunity to get revenge for an early season loss to Houston where RSL saw an early lead disappear in matter of minutes thanks to rapid-fire penalty calls against Olave. Due to the short turnaround and various injuries, there is a good chance that both squads will feature very different lineups than those that played today. With the league just a couple weeks away from a busy pre-World Cup schedule, RSL must continue to earn results at home in order to remain in the Western Conference hunt.
REAL SALT LAKE (3-3-1, 10 pts.) v. PHILADELPHIA UNION (1-5-0, 3 pts.)
DATE: May 8, 2010 — Rio Tinto Stadium
RSL — Kyle Beckerman 2 (unassisted) 27
RSL — Jamison Olave 2 (Javier Morales 2) 51
RSL — Álvaro Saborío 2 (Pablo Campos 1) 70
Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave (Rauwshan McKenzie 73), Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Andy Williams (Collen Warner 79), Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Will Johnson, Álvaro Saborío, Robbie Findley (Pablo Campos 38).
Philadelphia Union — Chris Seitz, Danny Califf, Cristian Arrieta, Michael Orozco, Jordan Harvey, Kyle Nakazawa, Fred, Andrew Jacobson (Shea Salinas 53), Roger Torres (Nick Zimmerman 71), Alejandro Moreno, Jack McInerney (Danny Mwanga 59).
RSL — Andy Williams (caution; Tactical Foul) 17
RSL — Kyle Beckerman (caution; Tactical Foul) 41
PHI — Cristian Arrieta (caution; Tactical Foul) 50
RSL — Nat Borchers (caution; Tactical Foul) 81
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee’s Assistants: George Gansner; Cameron Blair
4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Attendance: 14,224 / Weather: Cloudy-and-63-degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial