Petke remains perfect on late RSL goals

2016 Rocky Mountain Cup

Dick’s Sporting Park, Commerce City, CO – Mike Petke was able keep his perfect record as head coach for Real Salt Lake on 2 late goals.  Real Salt Lake traveled to Dick’s Sporting Park in the first defense of the Rocky Mountain Cup.

This is the second match that Coach Petke has traveled with RSL, his first since assuming the Head Coaching responsibilities.  Following up an amazing team performance in Coach Petke’s RSL debut, tonight didn’t look anything like the first half of last week or the all gut exhibition in the second half.  Continue reading

Real Salt Lake Prepares for Rocky Mountain Cup Matchup Against Colorado Rapids

Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids Rocky Mountain Cup Action

Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids Rocky Mountain Cup Action

SANDY, Utah (Friday, April 14, 2017) – Real Salt Lake (1-3-2, 8th West) kicks off its 2017 Rocky Mountain Cup series with rival Colorado Rapids (1-2-1, 9th West) Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in suburban Denver at 7:00 p.m. MT, the first road match for the club with new Head Coach Mike Petke at the helm.

Saturday’s game will be televised locally via KMYU (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. MT on 2.2 air / 12 satellite / 643 Comcast HD) with David James and Brian Dunseth on the call, and can also heard live via RSL outlets ESPN700 AM (English radio coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. MT w/ Bill Riley, Jay Nolly, Spencer Warne & Jeremy Horton) & 102.3 FM / 1600 AM (Spanish, Fernando Hortal & Nelson Moran). Continue reading

Rocky Mountain Cup comes Home!

Rocky Mountain Cup

Rocky Mountain Cup

Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – The Rocky Mountain Cup comes back home to Rio Tinto Stadium as Real Salt Lake defeats the Colorado Rapids 2-1.  RSL also gets those much needed home points as the end of the MLS Season approaches as they moved past Colorado to take over 2nd place in the Western Conference.

Real Salt Lake and Colorado play 3 matches this season, and with each club winning 1-0 on their home pitch tonight’s result decided who will hold the Rocky Mountain Cup.  RSL won this years series 2-1-0.

 

Gashi gets one past Nick

Gashi gets one past Nick

Colorado got off to an early start when Shkelzen Gashi was able to intercept the deflection off of Nick Rimando and send the ball to the back of the net.  RSL had its chances early on, but did seem a little out of sync during to start the match.  That all changed in the 39th minute when Demar Phillips found Yura Movsisyan who beat Tim Howard to level the match at 1-1. Continue reading

RSL not pretty, but still only MLS undefeated team

Rocky Mountain Cup

Rocky Mountain Cup

Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT  – Real Salt Lake remains the only undefeated Major League Soccer club with a win tonight against in the first installment of the annual Rocky Mountain Cup against regional rival the Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The game, dominated by strong defense, turned inside the final 20 minutes: Miscommunication in the back between Rapids goalkeeper Zac MacMath and defender Axel Sjoberg led to a looping clearance over MacMath’s head near the outside of the box, and RSL attacker Joao Plata ran onto the ball and slotted into an empty net.

 

Yura Movsisyan

Yura Movsisyan

RSL was not nearly as crisp in what we have come to expect with passing the ball, and Colorado played a very aggressive match, but Nick Rimando came up big several times during the match to preserve the shut out tonight.

When Javier Morales substituted for Luke Mullholland in the 64th minute and you could feel a definite change in the energy on pitch.  This energy translated translated soon after in the 72nd minute on Plata’s game winning goal.

Yura Movsisyan

Yura Movsisyan

Movsisyan had a number of great opportunities, the best came in the 83rd minute when he beat the defenders to go one-on-one with MacMath to put one in the net that was wrongly ruled offside by the AR.  This was compounded when the AR again missed MacMath shoving Movsisyan and resulted in Fischer giving Yura a yellow card for arguing.

 

 

Goals by Period               1    2    F
Real Salt Lake                    0    1    1
Colorado Rapids                 0    0    0

Scoring Summary:
RSL – Joao Plata – 72′

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Bobby Burling – 61′
RSL – Yura Movsisyan – 83′
COL – Eric Miller – 90’+3′

Lineups:

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake (2-0-2): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran; Justen Glad; Chris Wingert (Demar Phillips, 73′); Aaron Maund; Kyle Beckerman (C); Sunny (John Stertzer, 84′); Luke Mulholland (Javier Morales 64′); Juan Manuel Martinez; Joao Plata; Yura Movsisyan

Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Attinella; Jordan Allen; Jamison Olave; Devon Sandoval

Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids (2-1-1): Zac MacMath; Eric Miller (Dominique Badji, 79′); Bobby Burling; Axel Sjoberg; Marc Burch; Sam Cronin (C); Michael Azira; Dillon Powers; Marco Pappa; Shkelzen Gashi; Luis Solgnac

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Froschauer; Conor Doyle; Zach Pfeffer; Dillon Serna

Next up for RSL

Real Salt Lake hosts the the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium Apriil 16.

Sebastian Jaime gets a proper Rio Tinto Welcome to MLS

Sebastian JaimeSandy, UT – Sebastian Jaime gets a home welcome to Major League Soccer at Rio Tinto Stadium tonight. In only the second MLS match for Jaime he started tonight for Real Salt Lake, and definitely showed what he brings to the team.  Jaime had a wonderful night and he had several chances, including what looked like his goal in the 33rd minute that was ultimately credited to Javier Morales.

Colorado Rapids score on Real Salt LakeColorado looked like they were having trouble keeping up with the highly talented RSL side, but was able to capitalize on a crowded box in the 21st minute on a stunning shot from Jose Mari to the inside of the post to put the Rapids up 1-0.  The result may not have been what they were looking for as Real Salt Lake doubled down on intensity in the later portion of the first half.

Joao Plata celebrates Real Salt Lake goal by Chris SchuelerIn the 32nd minute Joao Plata started the relentless onslaught on Joe Nasco as he took a pass from Ned Grabavoy and put the ball in the upper right corner of the goal to level the score 1-1.  This would be the 13th goal of the year for Plata, and keep him at the top of the goal scorers for RSL.

Real Salt Lake celebrates goal on the Colorado Rapids

The pain didn’t stop there as just one minute later Javier Morales put his 12th goal in net.  Just three minutes until Nasco dropped the ball on the pitch and Chris Schuler found the third goal of the night for the RSL side.  Nasco looked a little hobbled as he got up from the Schuler goal, and it didn’t help his state of mind as Plata took a shot in the 45th minute that was deflected off of Nasco for an own goal.

The final goal for Real came in the second half as Carlos Salcedo put his squad up 5-1 in the 63rd minute of play.  This is Salcedo’s first goal in MLS, and the first for an RSL Academy and home-grown player.

There were a couple of chances late in the game, but Nick Rimando was once again dominant in the box and made sure that Real Salt Lake walked away from the night with 3 points.

The Claret and Cobalt now have 49 points behind the Seattle Sounders with 54 points and the LA Galaxy with 51 points in the very strong Western Conference.

Lineups:

Real Salt Lake:  Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert; Carlos Salcedo; Chris Schuler (Aaron Maund, 45′); Tony Beltran; Kyle Beckerman; Luke Mulholland; Ned Grabavoy (Luis Gil 83′); Javier Morales; Joao Plata; Sebastian Jaime (Robbie Findley, 70′)

Colorado Rapids Team PhotoColorado Rapids: Joe Nasco; Marc Burch; Shane O’Niell, Thomas Piermayr; Marvell Wynne; Carlos Alvarez (Grant Van De Casteele, 82′); Dillon Serna; Jose Maria Martin-Bejara; Kamani Hill (Marlon Hairston, 45′); Deshorn Brown (Charles Eloundou, 82′); Gabriel Torres

Up Next:

Real Salt Lake (13-6-10) travel to BC Place to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps (8-7-13) next Saturday, September 27th in another Western Conference test.