Kreis blasts squad for complacency in 0-0 draw
SANDY, Utah -- Real Salt Lake Coach Jason Kreis was clearly unhappy with
the scoreless draw on Friday night against the San Jose Earhquakes at Rio Tinto Stadium.
“We’re very frustrated," he said. "We’re very disappointed. The only thing that I can attribute it
to is maybe a little bit of complacency.”
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Although both teams came off an extended break during the World
Cup group stage, the coach didn’t want to hear that as an excuse.
“I don’t want to
blame it on the break," Kreis said. "I don’t
want to blame it on anything other than we didn’t pay attention to the details
An interesting theory was raised that Kreis felt may have
come into play with tonight’s performance, “The last World Cup I remember in
’06 – I was playing at that time, and it was a little bit difficult to be
watching that spectacle and then to show up and play yourself.”
However, Kreis felt that the real problem with his team
tonight was the play he observed out on the pitch. He said he saw “a team that felt like we’ve arrived, and felt like
all we had to do was show up on the field tonight and we’d be given three
Despite all of the disappointment in Friday's result, there were a few positives. Real Salt
Lake is now unbeaten in their last eight matches, and unbeaten in their last 17 home matches.
In addition, goalkeeper Nick Rimando registered his 65th career clean
sheet (fourth in MLS history) and has an active shutout streak of 318 minutes (second longest in team history). He made two stellar saves late in the match in order to reach the marks. First, there was an athletic stop on a blast by Cornell Glen from about 12 yards out,
and then he made a last second leap to get a hand on a dipping shot from
long-distance by Javier Robles.
According to Kreis, those stops were huge. “At the end of the game, you pat Nick
Rimando on the back and say 'you just saved us'.”
RSL midfielder Andy Williams agreed. “I’m glad Nicky [Rimando] didn’t have any rust in him. He bailed us out on those last two
shots and made good saves.”
The team also created some opportunities, with numerous
attacks down the left side in the first half featuring Fabian Espindola. However, the team was
lacking that final bit of quality in the final third to capitalize on their looks at goal.
Williams feels like the key now is to look forward.
"Hopefully we get this week to get this out of the way and get back in sync
next week," said the veteran Jamaican.