Match Notes v. New York
Plenty to mull over after another Rio Tinto Stadium result
September 5, 2010
Salt Lake Match Notes v. Red Bulls
- Tonight’s win improved Real Salt Lake’s record in MLS
play to 11-1-6 across its last 18 matches, the lone loss occurring
on the road at FC Dallas back in July. RSL is now 9-0-3 at home this
season, with its last loss at Rio Tinto Stadium coming all the way back on
May 16, 2009 v. Kansas City (0-2 L).
- The triumph also allowed Real Salt Lake to set new
single-season records in points (43) and wins (12), and shutouts (11),
despite the fact that seven regular season games remain on the team’s 2010
- Real Salt Lake will look to claim the home undefeated streak for itself on Saturday, Sept. 18, when the Claret-and-Cobalt will welcome the Chicago Fire to Sandy for a 2:00 p.m. MT matinee.
- With his sixth tally of the season, Espindola tied MF
Javier Morales for second on RSL’s scoring chart in League play, the
Argentine duo trailing only FW Álvaro Saborío and his eight markers
in MLS action.
- Espíndola would be subbed out after 50 minutes due to a
strained left hamstring, putting his status for RSL’s next contest on Thursday,
Sept. 9 at Seattle Sounders FC in doubt.
- The contest at Seattle will mark RSL’s first visit to
Qwest Field since last November’s MLS Cup triumph. Fans will be able to
follow the match-up between two of the League’s hottest sides on ESPN2
next Thursday (9:00 p.m. MT kickoff).
- The assist for Morales was his seventh on the campaign,
pulling him into a four-way tie for seventh place across the League in the
- Saborío (Costa Rica) and MF Will Johnson (Canada) were
absent for tonight’s contest while serving on national team duty for their
respective countries this weekend. Saborío scored the equalizer and went
the full 90 minutes for the Ticos in their 2-2 draw at Panama last
evening and traveled with the squad to Jamaica for Sunday’s tilt against
the Reggae Boyz in Kingston. Johnson started for Canada in its 0-2
defeat to Peru at BMO Field in Toronto, and is expected to see more action
on Tuesday when the Maple Leafs take on Honduras at Montreal’s
Saputo Stadium. Both Saborío and Johnson will be available for RSL when it
travels to Seattle for Thursday’s ESPN2 “MLS Game of the Week” showdown.