Recap: RSL Downed by Dynamo PKs

Houston fails to record shot on goal in run of play, but Davis doubles from the spot

HOUSTON (Thursday, April 1, 2010)Real Salt Lake
(1-1-0, 3 pts.) rode an early goal by reigning MLS Player of the Week Javier
Morales
for the second consecutive game of the young 2010 season to take a
1-0 lead on the road, but a pair of hotly-contested penalty kick calls in the
53rd and 56th minutes gave host Houston Dynamo (1-0-1, 4 pts.)
a 2-1 victory Thursday night at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston
campus.

 

The early strike by Morales was the result of
a complete team effort, with MLS newcomer Ávaro Saborío helping unlock
the Dynamo defense for his first appearance on an MLS scoresheet. Nearly 40
yards from goal, Saborío – starting in place of 2009 RSL Golden Boot winner Robbie
Findley
in Head Coach Jason Kreis’ lone lineup change from last
week’s 3-0 win at San Jose – collected a pass from Morales, held the ball as RSL
Captain Kyle Beckerman made an overlapping run. Saborío slotted the ball
to Beckerman, who then found Morales in alone on Houston DF Bobby Boswell.
Morales eluded Boswell before slotting a right-footed shot past Dynamo ‘keeper
Pat Onstad for a 17th minute goal, the Argentine’s third in the
first two games of 2010.

 

Both Houston goals came on Brad Davis penalty
kicks in the 53rd and 56th minutes, with Davis’
conversions from the spot the only two Dynamo shots on goal on the night.
Referee Jair Marrufo – infamous for last year’s “water break” at Robertson
Stadium in a June game between these very teams – whistled Real Salt Lake DF Jamison
Olave
for fouls on Houston’s Geoff Cameron and Luis Angel Landin on
back-to-back plays. Davis slammed each offering past 2009 MLS Cup Playoff
penalty-kick hero Nick Rimando, who was not required to make a save
during the run of play.

 

RSL again dictated the game’s tempo the rest
of the way, with headers in the box by Will Johnson and Ned Grabavoy
snuffed out by Onstad. In the 71st minute, Fabián Espíndola
and Findley combined to create a phenomenal chance on the right edge of the
box, with Espíndola’s offering from a sharp angle 15 yards out beating Onstad
but caroming off the near post.

 

 

For a complete recap of tonight’s
contest, click on the link to the MLSsoccer.com recap below:

http://www.mlssoccer.com/content/recap-two-davis-penalties-enough-beat-salt-lake

 

To view
highlights from tonight’s contest, visit:

http://www.mlssoccer.com/content/highlights-rsl-hou

 

 

RSL
Match Notes

  • Morales’
    goal – his third of the 2010 campaign – placed him in the lead of the MLS
    Golden Boot race ever so briefly, as he was later tied by Los Angeles FW
    Edson Buddle, who tallied twice in the Galaxy’s 2-0 win vs. Chivas tonight
    after scoring in LA’s 1-0 win over New England last Saturday.
  • Tonight’s
    1-2 loss dropped RSL to 0-6-1 all-time at Robertson Stadium in Houston,
    with all six losses coming by one goal. Despite the winless mark, Real
    Salt Lake has still never been shut out in its seven visits to Houston.
  • The
    loss also snapped RSL’s four-game undefeated road streak (2-0-2), started
    in last year’s Playoffs at Columbus and carrying through last week’s win
    at San Jose.
  • FW
    Álvaro Saborío recorded his first MLS assist and his first MLS
    start tonight at Houston, after the Costa Rican international had scored
    133 goals in 257 games across his club career with Saprissa (Costa Rica,
    2001-06), FC Sion (Switzerland, 2006-09) and Bristol City (England,
    2009-10)
  • MF
    Nelson González also made his MLS debut, playing the final 15
    minutes after coming on for Will Johnson … González joined RSL last July
    during the summer window from Quilmes (Argentina)

 

Houston
Dynamo (1-0-1) vs. Real Salt Lake (1-1-0)
Thursday, April 1, 2010 – Robertson Stadium

 

Scoring
Summary:

RSL – Javier Morales 3 (Kyle Beckerman 1, Álvaro Saborío 1) 17
HOU – Brad Davis 1 (penalty kick) 53
HOU – Brad Davis 2 (penalty kick) 56

 

Houston
Dynamo
– GK-Pat
Onstad; DF-Andrew Hainault, DF-Bobby Boswell, DF-Ryan Cochrane, DF-Mike
Chabala; MF-Brian Mullan (Corey Ashe 69), MF-Geoff Cameron, MF-Richard
Mulrooney, MF-Brad Davis (Lovel Palmer 89); FW-Brian Ching (Luis Angel Landin
30), FW-Dominic Oduro

 

Substitutes
Not Used: Tally Hall, Adrian Serioux, Cam Weaver, Danny Cruz

 

Real Salt
Lake
– GK-Nick
Rimando; DF-Robbie Russell, DF-Nat Borchers, DF-Jamison Olave, DF-Chris
Wingert; MF-Ned Grabavoy (Andy Williams 68), MF-Kyle Beckerman (Capt.),
MF-Javier Morales, MF-Will Johnson (Nelson González 75); FW-Álvaro Saborío
(Robbie Findley 60), FW-Fabián Espíndola

 

Substitutes
Not Used: Kyle Reynish, Jean Alexandre, Tony Beltran, Rauwshan McKenzie

 

Misconduct
Summary:

RSL -- Chris Wingert (caution; Reckless Foul) 46+
RSL -- Jamison Olave (caution; Reckless Foul) 54
RSL -- Fabián Espíndola (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 94+
HOU -- Bobby Boswell (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 94+

 

Referee: Jair
Marrufo
Referee's Assistants:
C.J. Morgante; Jeff Muschik    
4th official:
Elias Bazakos
attendance: 18,197

 

All
statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial