Post-game Quote Sheet - RSL 1 : 1 CHV

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER QUOTE SHEET
SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010

RIO
TINTO STADIUM – SANDY, UTAH

REAL
SALT LAKE  1  :  1  CHIVAS USA

 

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON
KREIS

Overall
thoughts on the match:

“If we
could play the game between the teams, we won that one didn’t we?
Unfortunately, you have to count the number of times it ends up in the back of
the net.  I think that quality was lacking just a bit for us.  There
were a couple of opportunities where I thought we could have done better, and
maybe we should have done better. And obviously we made a mistake in front of our
goal, but we win together and lose together.  It would be easy to stand
here and say ‘I can’t believe Nick Rimando would make that kind of mistake,’
but the converse of that is ‘I can’t believe our midfielders and forwards
didn’t put more goals in.’”

On
the result:

“I’m
not disappointed with the results; I thought we did everything necessary to get
a win.  I’m very pleased with the guys’ effort, energy, mentality –
everything they did to the best of their abilities, and I can’t ask for
anything more.”

On
the return of Captain Kyle Beckerman:

“He was
good. He was in the right spots, maybe a little bit rusty.  He lost a few
more balls than he typically would, one or two, and that’s more than he usually
does. I’m very pleased that he made it through 60 minutes with no problems, and
we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

On
Ned Grabavoy’s go-ahead volley in the 67th minute:

“It was
fantastic.  It was one of those strikes that gets me to jump off the
bench.”

On
Chivas USA’s equalizer from Jesus Padilla:

“The
ball was struck hard at Nick [Rimando], and I think he said he blocked it down
in between his own legs and into the back of the net.  That doesn’t happen
often, and I’m sure that now that it’s out of his system, it won’t happen again
this year.”

 

 

REAL SALT LAKE GOALKEEPER NICK
RIMANDO

On the Chivas USA goal:

“I’ve got to do better on that. I
know these balls move. He hit it right at me and I thought I had it and the
next thing you know the ball goes right through my legs and into the net. It’s
one of those funny bounces and I’ve got to put my hand up for sure and take
care of that”

On the match:

“We wanted three [points],
especially the way we were playing. We had so many chances and we just couldn’t
find the back of the net until Ned makes a spectacular goal that puts us ahead,
and then I let that goal in and let the team down.”

On looking ahead to next weekend
and D.C. United:

“We pick each other up, we don’t
need to panic at all. A point’s a point, and we’re still moving up so next week
we’ll look to get three points against D.C.”


 

REAL SALT LAKE CAPTAIN KYLE
BECKERMAN

On his return to play after a
two-month absence:

“I felt good. Our goal was to get
to about 60 minutes, so in that respect it was positive for me, outside of us
not winning. Nobody really knew how long it was going to take [to return to the
field], so we felt like we made the right decision in not getting the surgery.
The foot felt pretty solid after the match, and I think my fitness will come
back; it’s tough to be out for two months and then try to go 90 minutes.”

 

CHIVAS
USA HEAD COACH MARTIN VASQUEZ

Overall
thoughts on the match:

“We
came here with the attitude to win the game because we need to add points to stay
close to all the teams in the Conference. We will take the point; it’s a good
result considering the way things happened in the game. The effort and the load
of nine games in 28 days, I think it was a good result and we will take it.”

On
Chivas’ ability to change formations on the fly:

“We
just apply the fundamentals and principles of playing in whatever formation we
play. We try to defend with pressure, cover and balance. Whenever we are attacking,
we try to give a lot of mobility and support. Today we changed on the fly to a
5-4-1 because [Real Salt Lake] was pressuring us.”

On
newcomer Giancarlo Maldonado’s performance:

“I
think he did well. It’s not easy to come to [Rio Tinto Stadium] against the
Champions. It’s a big field and it’s a high altitude. I think, at times, he was
dangerous, and he was good with the ball. I think he needs a little more time
to adjust, and with a couple of more games I think it will help. But I am happy
with his performance.”

 

 CHIVAS
USA FORWARD GIANCARLO MALDONADO

Overall
thoughts on his performance:

“I felt
good. I think the team had a very good game. It was a very complicated team we
were playing and it was a rival. But I think that the team gave everything they
had during the 90 minutes and, at the end, we got out with a point and that is
very useful for us.”

On
his transition with the team:

“I’m
adapting little by little. I am gaining confidence and I think that the minutes
that I am getting will help me improve.”

 

CHIVAS
USA GOALKEEPER DAN KENNEDY

On
the match:

“We
came here and we didn’t want to give anything away early and we wanted to be
organized and make it difficult for them to get easy chances on goal. In the
first half the pitch was really slippery, really wet; I think you could see
that in the possession that we tried to have, but the ball kept slipping out of
bounds on us. We came out in the second half and wanted to be a little better
on the ball and the guys worked really hard. The saves I had to make were saves
you can make as a ‘keeper because your defense is putting opposing players in
tough situations.

“I was
happy with the team’s performance. We got a point and we said we were going to
get out of here with at least a point, so we accomplished our goal.”

On
his discussion with the defense after RSL’s lone goal:

“It’s
been a long month for us and we have had a lot of games. We were in the 60th
minute and we just gave up a goal to put us down 1-0 and we needed a little
boost. If that’s vocally, I was just trying to get the guys going as much as I
could. Once we scored that goal we just wanted to make sure we didn’t give
another goal away.”