Real Salt Lake (0-1-0, 0 points, 3rd place in CCL Group 2) dropped its 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League opener on Wednesday night, giving up an early goal and controversially going down a man in the 58th minute to lose 1-0 at Costa Rican champions C.S. Herediano (1-0-0, 3 points, 1st place in CCL Group 2).
RSL vs. C.S. Herediano
Real Salt Lake traveled to Costa Rica to play their first CONCACAF Champions League group stage match against C.S. Herediano.
Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis comments on the team's 1-0 defeat to Herediano in Champions League play.
Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert comments on the team's 1-0 CONCACAF loss.
Kreis, Borchers and Beckerman react to CCL loss...
REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS
On the match…
"I thought our guys came out a little bit low on energy. We struggled to get possession of the ball and we’re a team that likes to have possession of it, control the tempo of the match and we struggled to do that. And then we got punished for it, I think rightly so when Herediano scored a very scored a very good goal. But as the game wore on I thought we got better and better. Towards the end of the first half we put some pressure on them and I thought we were a little unfortunate not to score a goal. We came out in the second half and responded well, started well at the beginning of the second half, but anytime you suffer an ejection and you’re already a goal down then it just becomes a matter of trying to keep the score line the way it was and trying to take that result back home."
REAL SALT LAKE CAPTAIN KYLE BECKERMAN
His thoughts on the match…
"It was a tough game, one that we were in from the start to finish. We created some chances and on a different night we finish them and maybe we come out of here with a draw or a win. The red card changed some things but we actually kept the ball nicely and kept control of the game for the most part. We just needed that one goal to tie it up and maybe get more momentum to get the winner, but all in all it’s not the worst result. We can bounce back from this. It’s pretty much aggregate the way it goes, so we got to win the next time we play this team."
REAL SALT LAKE DEFENDER NAT BORCHERS
On his red card…
"It was definitely a tough one for sure. I took a bad touch, went in hard on the tackle and you know I think maybe another place, another time that’s a yellow card, if anything. I think it’s really, really harsh to get sent off for that.