RSL at Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia
2- 2
Real Salt Lake
SATURDAY, APR 12 2:00PM MDT PPL Park
Recap

CHESTER, Penn. – Real Salt Lake (2-0-4, 10 points, West #3) stayed unbeaten in the 2014 season on Saturday, playing Philadelphia Union (1-1-4, 7 points, East #4) to a wild 2-2 draw at PPL Park.

RSL twice took the lead on Saturday, only to twice allow Philadelphia to equalize. Claret-and-Cobalt MF Luke Mulholland scored the opener in the fifth minute, finishing a rebound after Philadelphia GK Zac MacMath saved RSL FW Alvaro Saborio’s penalty kick. Philadelphia FW Andrew Wenger made it 1-1 in the 55th minute, slotting home MF Vincent Nogueira’s cross to pull the Union level. It looked like Captain Kyle Beckerman stole all three points for RSL with an 85th minute goal, but Union MF Maurice Edu had other ideas, heading home a 90th minute corner kick to make it 2-2.

Saturday’s draw means RSL remains as one of just two unbeaten teams in MLS; Western Conference leaders FC Dallas – which hosts Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday night – are the only other unbeaten side in the league.  

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Highlights
Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar

On the result:

“I think at the end of the day it was a fair result. I think they had several half chances and we had a few very good chances.  It was a hard fought game, it looked like there was two tough teams out there competing extremely hard and we just have to do a better job of focusing and closing out games.”

On getting a point instead of three on the road:

“At the end of the day I am happy with a road point. I think there was three points to get, but I am happy with one, happy to stay undefeated and excited about coming home.”

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Match Stats

Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
RSL 6' Luke Mulholland  
PHI 55' Andrew Wenger (Vincent Nogueira)
RSL 85' Kyle Beckerman (Javier Morales)
PHI 90' Maurice Edu (Cristián Maidana)

Match Stats

Philadelphia Union   Real Salt Lake
13 Attempts on Goal 13
2 Shots on Target 7
5 Shots off Target 5
6 Blocked Shots 1
6 Corner Kicks 1
13 Fouls 9
21 Open Play Crosses 10
2 Offsides 2
0 First Yellow Cards 0
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
51 Duels Won 52
49% Duels Won % 50%
396 Total Pass 328
80% Passing Accuracy % 72%
54.7% Possession 45.3%