RSL v. Colorado Rapids

Real Salt Lake
2- 1
Colorado
SATURDAY, MAY 17 7:30PM MDT Rio Tinto Stadium

Lineups:

Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Jeff Attinella; Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert; Cole Grossman, Luke Mulholland (Sebastian Velasquez, 96’), Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales (C) (John Stertzer, 92’); Devon Sandoval, Joao Plata (Luis Gil, 89’)

Substitutes not used: Lalo Fernandez; Abdoulie Mansally, Aaron Maund, Olmes Garcia

Colorado Rapids (4-4-2): Clint Irwin; Christopher Klute, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Marc Burch (Danny Mwanga, 89’); Dillon Serna, Nick LaBrocca, Nathan Sturgis (Kamani Hill, 50’), Deshorn Brown; Dillon Powers (Marlon Hairston, 73’), Edson Buddle

Substitutes not used: John Berner; Shane O’Neill, Thomas Piermayr, Jared Watts

Recap

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (6-0-5, 23 points, West #2) stayed unbeaten in 2014 on Saturday night, extending its winning streak to three and starting the 2014 Rocky Mountain Cup on the right foot with a 1-0 win over Colorado Rapids (4-4-3, 15 points, West #5) at a sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium.

FW Joao Plata and MF Javier Morales scored in the 23rd and 51st minutes for the Claret-and-Cobalt. Colorado Captain Drew Moor pulled one back for the Rapids in the 83rd to create a nervy final few minutes, but RSL was able to hold firm, extending its regular season unbeaten streak to 11 games this year and to 15 games dating back to September 2013.

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Highlights
Cassar Press Conference
Grabavoy Reaction
Morales Reaction
Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar

On how the match ended:

“It seems like we talk about this all the time, but you know we have to give some credit to our opponents. They throw numbers forward, they start to cause havoc. But I thought our guys did a great job of bending, but not breaking. That’s what’s going to happen. You’ve got a two goal lead and they start dumping numbers forward and putting balls into the box. I thought they really gained most of their momentum from set plays which is something that you can’t control too much about how they get their set plays. But you can control how you defend them and that’s an area that we’re always stressing and trying to improve on.”

On the importance of MF Javier Morales on the field:

“He’s extremely important for us. He’s our attacking midfielder, he’s the one we try to find with the ball early, turn, and create, and I thought he did a fantastic job of finding gaps between their two defensive midfielders. Our players did a good job of finding him in those areas.”

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Match Stats

Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
RSL 23' Joao Plata (Javier Morales, Devon Sandoval)
RSL 51' Javier Morales  
COL 83' Drew Moor (Dillon Serna)

Disciplinary

Club Time Player Reason Action
RSL 33' Cole Grossman Foul Yellow
RSL 44' Luke Mulholland Dissent Yellow
RSL 64' Javier Morales Simulation Yellow
RSL 90' + 3 John Stertzer Foul Yellow

Match Facts

Real Salt Lake   Colorado Rapids
7 Attempts on Goal 16
4 Shots on Target 6
1 Shots off Target 10
2 Blocked Shots 0
0 Corner Kicks 6
20 Fouls 10
5 Open Play Crosses 15
1 Offsides 4
4 First Yellow Cards 0
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
31 Duels Won 55
36% Duels Won % 63%
386 Total Pass 347
75% Passing Accuracy % 71%
51.7% Possession 48.3%