Real Salt Lake ends 2017 drought in a flurry

Head Coach Mike Petke

Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – Real Salt Lake has finally ended the win less 2017 drought with a stunning 3-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps at the RioT in Mike Petke’s debut for the Claret and Cobalt.

The evening started out cold and rainy, but within 15 minutes it had transitioned to cold and snowy.  RSL didn’t seem to to be phased by the weather as they came out with very aggressive play, and didn’t let up for the entire 90 minutes. Continue reading

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps in Photos

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps in Photos

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps

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RSL extends unbeaten streak to 6

Coach Jeff Cassar

Coach Jeff Cassar

Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT  – RSL extended their unbeaten streak to 6 games as they defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps in an important Western Conference match up, with Juan Manuel Martinez opening his 2016 MLS goal account with the game winning goal.

The absence of two key RSL starters showed early in the match, as it took a while for the Claret and Cobalt to get things going without Sunny and Morales, but the now gelling defense stood firm with Justen Glad, and  having a night good enough to preserve the shutout.

Juan Manuel Martinez

Juan Manuel Martinez

The lone goal came in the 55th minute when Joao Plata, who has been a star contributor this year as he has taken part in eight of the team’s ten goals this season, fed Burrito an amazing assist that allowed him to just out skill Ousted and get the goal.

The highlight of the night for Vancouver came when Tim Parker was able to deny Plata his best scoring chance when he slid to toward the post and deflected the ball out of contention for a goal.

In the end, Burrito’s relentless flair and trickery was too much for a goal-starved

Juan Manuel Martinez

Juan Manuel Martinez

Whitecaps outfit who’ve been held scoreless in their last three games and have now slipped to a 2-4-1 record.


Goals by Period               1    2    F
Real Salt Lake                    0    1    1
Vancouver Whitecaps        0    0    0

Scoring Summary:
RSL – Juan Manuel Martinez – 55′

Misconduct Summary:
RSL – Kyle Beckerman – 71′ –
VAN – Kendall Waston – 79′
VAN – Octavio Rivero – 90’+2′


Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Aaron Maund; Tony Beltran; Justen Glad; Demar Phillips; Kyle Beckerman; John Stertzer; Luke Mulholland (Jordan Allen, 75′); Joao Plata; Juan Manuel Martinez (Devon Sandoval , 90′); Yura Movsisyan

Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Attinella; Chris Wingert Jamison Olave; Olmes Garcia; Danilo Acosta

Vancouver Whitecaps: David Ousted; Jordan Harvey; Tim Parker; Kendall Waston; Frasier Aird (Erik Hurtado, 83′); Kekula Manneh; Matias Laba; Andrew Jacobson (Masato Kudo, 78′); Cristian Techera; Octavio Rivero; Nicolas Mezquida (Christian Bolonos, 61′)

Substitutes Not Used: Paolo Tomaghi; Pa Madou Kah; Sam Adekugbe; Russell Telbert

Next up for RSL

Real Salt Lake travels to Stub Hub Center as they try to extend their unbeaten streak to 7 games as they take on the LA Galaxy April 23rd.

Real Salt Lake still not back to pre-World Cup form

Salt Lake City – Real Salt Lake is still not back in pre-World Cup form as they draw (1-1) against the Vancouver Whitecaps tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Real Salt Lake and Vancouver started out the night in 2nd and 5th place in the Western Conference, but a tie and the other results of the night moved RSL down to 3rd as FC Dallas moved ahead of them and Vancouver moved to 6th place.

As RSL slowly gets healthy it is still apparent that the hole left by injured Alvaro Sabario has yet to be filled.  Coach Cassar started off the night with Devon Sandoval and Joao Plata up top, but that stated to change the 58′ when Robbie Findley came in for Sandoval, and was later boosted when Olmes Garcia entered the match for Tony Beltran in the 78′.  This still as not enough to overcome the uphill battle they were in at that point.

Joao Plata scored the lone goal for RSL in the 81′ of play off of an assist by Kyle Beckerman, and it seemed that the energy of the match had shifted in Real Salt Lakes favor, however, it never materialized on the field.

It might not only be RSL that is finding it hard to get back to full form as the referee also seemed a bit rusty.  In the 75′ things got really chippy on the field and in the midst of a lot of pushing in the center of the field Sebastian Fernandez was issued the second yellow card of the match.  In the next 45 seconds 3 more yellows were handed out as he tried, in vain, to get control of a match that he seemed out of step with for most of the night.

In the second match in a row, Coach Cassar had some words about the officiating, noting that the fans of RSL and MLS deserve more from their officiating crews.

Quotes for Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar

On the Penalty Kick “That was 100% not a PK”, “I went up to [the ref] after the game and said, ‘Are you sure?’. He said, ‘Pretty sure.’ … It’s a big game. You need to be sure.”

On the time wasting by Vancouver “Our fans deserve more, they deserve better. The time wasting was egregious. I’m glad the ref dealt with that.”


Real Salt Lake: Chris Schuler; Nat Borchers; Tony Beltran (Olmes Garcia, 78′); Chris Wingert; Luis Gil (Luke Mulholland, 57′); Javier Morales; Kyle Beckerman; Ned Grabavoy; Devon Sandoval (Robbie Findley, 58′); Joao Plata

Vancouver Whitecaps: Carlyle Mitchell; Steven Beitashour; Jordan Harvey; Johnny Leveron; Sebastian Fernandez (Pedro Morales, 78′); Mehdi Ballouchy (Matias Laba, 63′); Gershon Koffie; Nicolas Mezquida; Darren Mattocks; Omar Salgado (Erik Hurtado, 65′)

Next up for RSL:

Real Salt Lake (7-4-8) welcomes Montreal (3-10-5) to Rio Tinto Stadium on July 24th at 8:00 PM

Real Salt Lake misses another opportunity for 3 points

IMG_4744Real Salt Lake misses another opportunity for 3 points in a 2-2 draw against Western Conference foe Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.

What started out as complete dominance by RSL in the early minutes of the match quickly with Joao Plata connecting in the 2nd minute of play off of a pass from Luke Mulholland for the 3rd goal of the season.  That was followed up in the 9th minute by Alvaro Sabario in a strike that is sure be up for Goal of the week.

RSL really did dominate the first 80 minutes of play in this match and it looked as if those two early goals decided the match, however that all seemed to change starting in last third of the match.  In the 63rd minute of play Sebastian Velasquez was substituted for Luke Mulholland and later in the 74th minute Joao Plata was replaced with Olmes Garcia.  The revision to the lineup was just not able to retain the intensity that had kept RSL in charge for the first 80 minutes of play.

IMG_4919Vancouver took advantage of this apparent out of sync RSL side with their first goal of the night in the 86th minute by Nicolas Mezquida off of a Nick Rimando save and a deflection.  Rimando will have to wait to tie Kevin Hartman’s MLS shutout record.

The real heart breaker for RSL came in the 4th minute of added time when Sebastian Fernandez kicked the long ball from 35 yards out to rocket past Rimando that gave us the final score of 2-2.

Real Salt Lake is still the only unbeaten club in MLS, and with 14 points they are in third place in the Western Conference.

Up Next:

Real Salt Lake (3-0-5) travels to Toyota Park to take on the Chicago Fire (0-1-6) on May 3rd at 6:30 MST.