RSL at San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose
3- 3
Real Salt Lake
SATURDAY, MAR 15 8:30PM MDT Buck Shaw Stadium
Recap

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Real Salt Lake (1-0-1, 4 points, West #2) picked up a road point at San Jose Earthquakes (0-0-1, 1 point, West #6) on Saturday night, tying their Western Conference rivals 3-3 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

RSL came agonizingly close to leaving the Bay Area with all three points, but couldn’t quite close out the Quakes, giving up a 95th minute goal to San Jose DF Victor Bernardez to draw 3-3. The Claret-and-Cobalt will return to Utah on Sunday ahead of next Saturday’s home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium against LA Galaxy.

San Jose took an early lead on Saturday, getting a sixth minute goal from FW Chris Wondolowski to go up 1-0. RSL hit back with three unanswered goals before halftime, with Captain Kyle Beckerman equalizing with a fantastic 11th minute strike before FW Joao Plata scored in the 32nd and MF Luke Mulholland tallied in first half stoppage time to give RSL a 3-1 lead at the break. Unfortunately, the Claret-and-Cobalt couldn’t hold onto its advantage, with Bernardez scoring in the 75th and 95th to give the Quakes a result.

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Highlights
Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar

On the match:

“I think San Jose imposed their will on that game, which they do a fantastic job of. I think that if we were a little better with possession, and more sustained on attacks, we could have taken the air out of this game early on. After they started applying pressure, applying balls in the box, they started gaining momentum and it’s tough to get it back when they start rolling like that.”

On surrendering a two-goal lead:

“I think if we didn’t give them any fouls or free kicks and defended set pieces well, it’s a different result; probably a win for us tonight, but we have some stuff to work on. It’s early in the year. I’m just really proud of the guys. Four points in two road games – super pleased with that. It feels like a loss right now, but at the end of the day, it’s a point on the road against a very difficult team.”

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Match Stats

Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
SJ 6' Chris Wondolowski (Victor Bernardez, Shea Salinas)
RSL 11' Kyle Beckerman (Joao Plata)
RSL 32' Joao Plata (Luis Gil)
RSL 45' + 4 Luke Mulholland  
SJ 75' Victor Bernardez (Shea Salinas)
SJ 90' + 5 Victor Bernardez

Disciplinary

Club Time Player Reason Action
SJ 9' Steven Lenhart Dissent Yellow
RSL 52' Nat Borchers Foul Yellow
SJ 77' J.J. Koval Argument Yellow
SJ 90' Shea Salinas Foul Yellow

Match Facts

San Jose Earthquakes   Real Salt Lake
27 Attempts on Goal 12
10 Shots on Target 8
11 Shots off Target 3
6 Blocked Shots 1
6 Corner Kicks 0
8 Fouls 14
37 Open Play Crosses 9
2 Offsides 2
3 First Yellow Cards 1
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
52 Duels Won 31
62% Duels Won % 37%
340 Total Pass 453
72% Passing Accuracy % 78%
44.9% Possession 55.1%