RSL Intra-Squad Scrimmage / Preseason Camp Report - Day 6

Paulo Jr. nets twice, pacing Claret side to 3-0 win in 45-minute scrimmage

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First Extended
Game Action of Casa Grande Camp Sees Claret Side Notch 3-0 Win over Cobalt
Counterparts in 45-Minute Intra-squad Scrimmage


GRANDE, Ariz. (Friday, January 28, 2011)
– With the end of its 10-day preseason camp at Casa
Grande in sight, Real Salt Lake
continued to progress towards next Tuesday’s camp-concluding exhibition against
Vancouver Whitecaps FC with a 45-minute intra-squad scrimmage this morning at the
Grande Sports World training
complex. During the first type of game action to take place during RSL’s camp, MF Collen Warner opened the scoring
early and FW Paulo Jr. bagged a pair
of goals to pace the Claret side to a 3-0 win over its Cobalt counterparts.

RSL Intra-Squad
Scrimmage Line-ups

CLARET: GK-Kyle Reynish; RB-Robbie
Russell, CB-Jaime Cunningham (Drew Cost 30), CB-Nat Borchers, LB-John
Gilkerson; CM-Jean Alexandre, RM-Ned Grabavoy, LM-Will Johnson, AM-Collen
Warner; FW-Paulo Jr. (Nick Love 30), FW-Fabian Espíndola

COBALT: GK-Nick Rimando; RB-Tony
Beltran, CB-Jamison Olave, CB-Phanuel Kavita (Nelson Gonzalez 30), LB-Chris
Wingert; CM-Kyle Beckerman, RM-Luis Gil (Paulo Jr. 30), LM-Andy Williams,
AM-Javier Morales; FW-Pablo Campos, FW-Arturo Alvarez

It initially
looked like the Cobalt squad would be the pace-setters offensively, with
newcomer FW Arturo Alvarez finding
the ball and creating some danger towards goal on a couple of occasions in the
opening minutes, be it on his own off the dribble or by linking up with
teammates around the penalty area.

However, it
was the Claret side that would move the scoreboard first just six minutes in,
as FW Fabian Espíndola ran onto a
cleared corner kick near the midfield stripe and raced down the center channel
before rewarding Warner for his overlapping run. The second-year midfielder
would take a touch into the area before calmly finishing low under GK Nick Rimando from 10 yards out to
give Claret the 1-0 lead.

The Clarets
nearly doubled the lead just five minutes later when Paulo Jr. popped his
wide-open redirect of a cross from the right flank over Rimando’s goal from
eight yards out. Espíndola had another golden chance to up the advantage in the
19th minute, but with Rimando off his line after trying to clean up
a defensive miscue to the left of his goal, the Argentine miss-hit his shot
from the top of the area, pushing it left past the open net.

Paulo Jr.’s
active play would be rewarded in the 22nd minute, when he
capitalized on another right-sided cross from MF Ned Grabavoy, rising high from six yards out to nod a shot that
Rimando got a hand to but still managed to sneak under the crossbar. Seven
minutes later the Grabavoy-Paulo Jr. combo would pay dividends one last time
before the Brazilian switched teams, with Grabavoy this time springing the
Brazilian past Cobalt’s last line of defense, allowing him to slot easily past
Rimando to push the advantage to 3-0.

Cobalt would
eventually get its attack back in gear, beginning in the 35th minute
when Alvarez ended a lengthy run with a low shot from 20 yards that missed just
right of frame. A flurry of MF Javier
corner kicks soon after would see DF Jamison Olave nearly head home twice in the 37th and
38th minutes, but his shots from 12 yards out both took one hop
directly to Claret GK Kyle Reynish,
stationed on the line in the middle of his goal. Morales would get the game’s
last scoring opportunity two minutes into stoppage time, but his 30-yard free
kick sailed past the upper left 90 he was aiming for.

Camp News & Notes

  • In anticipation of its CONCACAF Champions League
    Quarterfinal Round series against the Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake used
    the Nike-produced CCL match balls during today’s scrimmage. The squad has
    been rotating between those and the adidas MLS Jabulanis during drills
    throughout the first six days of camp to breed familiarity with both
    styles of match balls.
  • With defenders Rauwshan
    and Chris Schuler
    both still sidelined while rehabbing injuries, the RSL staff gave three
    non-roster players – trialists John
    (Carolina Railhawks) and Jaime Cunningham (Fort Lewis College) and RSL-AZ Academy
    product (and Salt Lake City native) Phanuel
    – runs on the backline during today’s scrimmage. Gilkerson
    would start at left back for the Claret side before shifting over to
    center back at the half hour mark with Cunningham’s exit, while Kavita
    went the first half hour for the Cobalt squad.
  • Alongside McKenzie and Schuler, FW Álvaro Saborío and DF
    Jarad vanSchaik
    round out the team’s limited injury list to this
    point. Schuler (broken right foot last October), McKenzie (re-aggravated
    right ankle sprain on Monday), and Saborío (right torn meniscus surgery
    last November) continued to make progress while performing exercises with
    the RSL training staff on the sidelines and seem on track to return to
    limited training with their teammates by the start of the second camp in
    Phoenix (Feb. 7-15), while vanSchaik (grade I MCL sprain) spent most of
    his rehab time on a stationary bike brought out to the field.
  • Real Salt Lake’s coaching staff will put the squad
    through its third “two-a-day” session of camp on Saturday before giving
    the team a day off on Sunday. The opening preseason stint will round out
    with a Monday morning training session and a Tuesday morning (11:00 a.m. MT) scrimmage against Vancouver
    Whitecaps FC – which will be played with three 45-minute halves

    before heading back to Utah later that evening. Fans can follow updates
    from Tuesday’s scrimmage online via the Official RSL Twitter feed, found at
    (@RealSaltLake). / /