Real Salt Lake (1-1-0, 3 points, Group 2 #2) picked up a huge CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage win on Tuesday night, getting goals from FW Álvaro Saborío and MF Kyle Beckerman and surviving Beckerman’s 72nd minute ejection to beat Panama’sTauro FC (0-1-0, 0 points, Group 2 #3) 2-0 in front of a sold-out crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium.
CCL: RSL vs. Tauro FC
Real Salt Lake hosted Tauro FC in their 2nd CONCACAF Champions League group stage match.
Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis commented on the team's 2-0 win over Tauro FC in CONCACAF Champions League play.
Head Coach Jason Kreis
On the satisfaction of the win in wake of the four-game losing streak: “Why’d you have to bring up the losing part, I was feeling good for a minute. It’s really good. In the first half, I think we were right on the brink of driving ourselves to madness with frustration for not scoring a goal, after so many chances. But it was good to see that the guys stuck with it. We got the one early in the second half and then I think it was a fairly simple matter of finishing off the game, with the one wrinkle of the ejection.”
On the importance of the support of the fans: “I think it’s huge. I continue to believe that they are a big part of every success we’ve had here at Rio Tinto Stadium. We couldn’t be more happy with the number of fans, and how passionate they are, especially at the beginning of the games. It feels like a big surge of momentum when they’re singing the song and it’s awesome. But I would ask for one thing…at the end of our last two matches, our crowd has been very, very quiet, and that’s when we need a little bit of an uplift again.”
RSL MF Kyle Beckerman
On receiving the red card: “Yeah, so the ball was in the air and it was coming from one side from the other and I’m going to play the ball and this guy comes out of my blind spot and kind of runs into my foot and rolls around like he got shot, which is standard CONCACAF, but yeah I really didn’t see him at all.”