Real Salt Lake (13-8-3, 42 points, West #2) missed an opportunity to vault into first-place in MLS on Saturday, falling 1-0 at the Colorado Rapids (8-14-1, 25 points, West #7) in the 2012 Subaru Rocky Mountain Cup finale. MF Joseph Nane scored for the Rapids, which beat RSL for the first time since May 2009 – a span of eight games.
RSL-Colorado - August 4, 2012
With the Rocky Mountain Cup already secured, Real Salt Lake headed to Denver to face Western Conference rival Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
On what the team needs to do to move on: "You just do what you can. You talk to the players. You can see that a few guys needed a rest. We’ve just got to be mindful of that as we go through the last part of the season. We’ve had some experience before where we’ve worn our guys out so to speak and then we get to the playoffs and we don’t have enough energy to do what it takes."
Real Salt Lake DF Tony Beltran
On the loss: "Obviously we’re all disappointed. We had the opportunity to take over first place and we didn’t take it. But still, it’s just a big letdown. I think we could have done better tonight. I think at times the soccer was good but it wasn’t a complete performance in any way."
Real Salt Lake FW Justin Braun
On the match overall: "Obviously it didn’t go the way we wanted it to. I thought the team played well though. In the first half we created some things and unfortunately we didn’t get a goal but we pushed for it in the second half and weren’t able to get it. We’ve just got to get it behind us. We’ve got another game coming up next week. Hopefully we can go up to Vancouver and get three points there."