RSL Reserves Draw 1-1 with Mexico U-21s

Hotly-contested contest sees 8 cards, 33 fouls

RSL RESERVES DRAW 1-1 WITH MEXICAN UNDER-21 NATIONAL TEAM

Teams
Trade Second Half Goals in Hotly-contested Friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium;

Real
Salt Lake Returns to League Play Next Saturday Night at Chivas USA

 

SANDY, Utah (Saturday, May 15, 2010) – The Real Salt Lake reserve squad was forced
to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Mexican Under-21 Men’s National Team
today in an international friendly at Rio
Tinto Stadium
. The result pushes Real Salt Lake’s all-time record against
international club and National Team competition to 6-4-4.

 

As has been the case in some of Real Salt
Lake’s past friendlies, the home side was unafraid to mix it up with its
international competitors, as the hotly-contested match ended with eight total cards
and 33 fouls whistled between the two squads. Five cautions would be shown in
the increasingly chippy contest before a goal was found, as RSL Reserve FW Pablo Campos would move the scoreboard
in the 57th minute, finishing off a square ball from MF Nelson Gonzalez with a 10-yard shot
into the left side of goal.

 

The RSL Reserves would go down a man after an
altercation between the sides saw the wrongful ejection of MF Jean Alexandre in the 68th
minute, forcing the Claret-and-Cobalt to play out the contest with 10 men. The
home side would hold off repeated Mexico forays into the attacking third until
the 84th minute, when MF Erbin
Trejo
knocked home a 25-yard free kick with perfect placement into the
upper right 90, forcing an eventual share of the spoils.

 

Real Salt Lake will return to Major League
Soccer action next Saturday, May 22,
with its lone road contest of May set to take place against Chivas USA (3-4-1, 10 pts.) at The Home
Depot Center (8:30 p.m. MT kickoff,
live on KUSG 2.2).

 

 

REAL SALT LAKE RESERVES  1  :  1  MEXICO
U-21 NATIONAL TEAM

DATE: Saturday, May 15, 2010 -- Rio Tinto Stadium

 

Goals
by Period        1          2          Tot

Mexico
U-21s
            0          1          1

RSL
Reserves          
0          1          1

 

Scoring: 

RSL – Pablo Campos
(Nelson Gonzalez) 57

MEX – Erbin Trejo
(unassisted) 84

 

Lineups:

Real
Salt Lake (4-4-2)

– GK-Kyle Reynish; DF-Lyle Adams, DF-Rauwshan McKenzie, DF-Chris Schuler, DF-Tony
Beltran; MF-Collen Warner, MF-Luis Gil (Ned Grabavoy 62), MF-Jean Alexandre, MF-Nelson
Gonzalez; FW-Pablo Campos, FW-Tiyi Shipalane

 

Statistics: Shots: 8; Shots on Goal: 2; Saves: 6; Fouls: 21; Corners: 3; Offside: 1

 

Mexico
U-21s (3-4-3)

– GK-Alejandro Dautt (Miguel Angel Centeno 45); DF-Jaime Ayala (Israel Jimenez
73), DF-Piccolo Rojo, DF-Hiram Mier; MF-Cesar Cercado (David Izazola 73),
MF-Daniel Hernandez, MF-Erbin Trejo, MF-Moises Velasco; FW-Leopolodo Morales,
FW-Armando Pulido (Jesus Duenas 54), FW-Antonio Salazar

 

Statistics: Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 1; Fouls: 12; Corners: 8; Offside: 1

 

Discipline Summary:  

RSL – Jean Alexandre
(caution; Tactical Foul) 22

RSL – Nelson Gonzalez
(caution; Tactical Foul) 40

MEX – Daniel Hernandez
(caution; Verbal Distraction) 45

MEX – Moises Velasco
(caution; Tactical Foul) 47

RSL – Lyle Adams
(caution; Tactical Foul) 51

MEX – Alejandro Dautt
(bench) (ejection; Abusive Language) 67

RSL – Jean Alexandre
(ejection; Serious Foul Play) 68

MEX – Piccolo Rojo
(caution; Verbal Distraction) 76

 

Referee: Jeff Young

Referee's Assistants: Brad Jensen, Alex
Krelo

4th Official: Brandon Major

Attendance: 3,469

Time of Game: 1:47

Weather: Sunny-and-65-degrees

 

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

 

RSL Reserves Quote Sheet: DF Tony Beltran

 

On the RSL Reserves’ effort:

 

“Today was a big opportunity for a
lot of players that don’t get to play regularly to step up and impress over 90
minutes against a good side. I was proud of our effort, we worked hard out
there. I thought it went back and forth out there today.”

 

On playing against the Mexican
U-21s:

 

“Ultimately they were a little
more organized than us. They played a 3-5-2 at times and moved into a 3-4-3,
and that was a system we were unfamiliar with so we had a little trouble with
that organizationally. They play unlike any other MLS team – they are all very
good on the ball and move it quickly and like to keep it on the ground. We knew
that going into the game and we knew what we had to do defensively and how we
were going to attack against them.”

 

On another physical friendly for
RSL:

 

“It’s a little different than a
friendly – that term really doesn’t apply. I think it’s the competitive nature
of both teams. Once you get the ball out there and the whistle blows everyone’s
just fighting, and that’s true of any game. We want to win these games just as
much as any regular game. Guys are trying to impress and fight for positions,
so no matter what it’s going to be competitive.”

 

On the pro-Mexican crowd at Rio
Tinto Stadium:

 

“We expected that coming in,
especially after playing Chivas and Club America last year. Those were two
games that I really enjoyed last year, and the same with this one; we feed off
the energy of any crowd, home or away. It’s fun to play in that atmosphere.”