RSL Defeats Chivas USA in Preseason Finale

2-0 scrimmage result allows RSL to head into CCL Quarterfinals on winning note

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Olave and Johnson Tally in Second Half
of Strong Finish to Phoenix Preseason Camp;

Second RSL Squad Draws RSL-Arizona
Academy U-18s 3-3 in 60-Minute Scrimmage;

Matches Conclude Preparations for Upcoming
CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal Series v. Columbus


GRANDE, Ariz. (Tuesday, February 15, 2011)
– Second half goals by DF Jamison Olave and MF Will
punctuated a strong showing by Real
Salt Lake
in its preseason finale this afternoon, a 2-0 victory over Chivas USA at the Grande Sports World training complex.
With today’s contest bringing its second 10-day stay in Arizona to a close,
Real Salt Lake will now turn its focus solely to what may very well be the
biggest matches in club history – the two-legged CONCACAF Champions League
Quarterfinal Round series against the Columbus Crew, beginning one week from
today in Central Ohio.

match-up not only featured the two “Class of 2005” expansion rivals, but pitted
Real Salt Lake against a recent alumnus. former assistant and now Chivas USA
Head Coach Robin Fraser. With the
Utah side on the cusp of meaningful competition, it ratcheted up the intensity
level straight away, which was matched by the Southern California side and
resulted in fierce tackles and challenges not normally reserved for preseason

unfortunate byproduct of the rough-and-tumble action was an injury suffered by
MF Javier Morales late in the first
half, the Argentine playmaker suffering a minor left ankle sprain after being
sandwiched by a pair of Chivas USA defenders while entering an aerial challenge
for a 50-50 ball inside the penalty area. Morales was replaced by MF Collen Warner shortly after the
incident, but walked back to the bench under his own power and was unencumbered
by the knock shortly thereafter. RSL was unable to break through despite having
the bulk of the best chances in the opening half, which closed with MF Andy Williams’ screaming 30-yard volley
swerving just wide of the far right post.

Real Salt Lake would capitalize in the second 45 minutes, it first tally coming
off a Williams corner kick just past the hour mark. Olave would crash the near
right post on the set piece and would meet the ball along with Chvias USA DF Jimmy Conrad, the collision of the two
ushering the ball into goal past GK Zach
to put RSL up 1-0. In the 70th minute it was FW Álvaro Saborío – who went the full 90
minutes on the day, continuing his comeback from offseason meniscus surgery –
doing the dirty work, holding the ball against defenders for several seconds
until it was finally poked loose 25 yards out. But Saborio’s holding pattern
was long enough to bring Johnson into the play, the hard-charging midfielder
lashing a low, first-time shot that bounced just inside the left post to double
the advantage. The Utahans would hold steady from there to produce the win, its
first in three contests this spring against MLS competition (1-1-1).

video recap of today’s RSL-CHV scrimmage at Grande Sports World


Real Salt Lake 2011

Real Salt Lake 2 : 0
Chivas USA

Tuesday, February 15,

Grande Sports World –
Casa Grande, AZ


Scoring Summary

- Jamison Olave (Andy Williams) 62

- Will Johnson (Álvaro Saborío) 70

Real Salt Lake

Rimando; DF-Tony Beltran (Robbie Russell 30), DF-Nat Borchers, DF-Jamison
Olave, DF-Chris Wingert (Beltran 60) MF-Kyle Beckerman, MF-Ned Grabavoy
(Johnson 60), MF-Will Johnson (Andy Williams 30), MF-Javier Morales (Collen
Warner 39); FW-Alvaro Saborio, FW-Paulo Jr (Jean Alexandre 85)

USA Line-ups

Arias (Zach Thornton 30);, Jorge Flores (Ante Jazic 60), Eriq Zavaleta (Michael
Umaña 60), Andrew Boyens (Jimmy Conrad 60), Jimmy Asprilla (Zarek Valentin 60),
Ben Zemanski (John Okafor 60), Guillermo Torres (Chukwudi Chijindu 29, Blair
Gavin 60), Mariano Trujillo (Mike Lahoud 60), Jesús Padilla (Francisco Mendoza
60), Victor Estupiñan (Gerson Mayén 60), Alejandro Moreno (Alan Gordon 60)


Preseason News & Notes

  • The contest against Chivas USA was actually the
    second scrimmage of the day for Real Salt Lake, which played an
    “intra-organizational” affair with its RSL-Arizona Academy U-18 squad, drawing 3-3 in a 60-minute
    affair in the morning. The RSL second side raced out to a 2-0 lead in the
    first half hour courtesy of goals by guest player and former RSL-Arizona
    U-17 product FW Donny Toia, but
    gave one back when Academy product FW Mikey
    – who suited up for the Senior side in the first stanza –
    notched one for the U-18s at the start of the second period. MF Nelson González would hit a beautiful
    chip midway through the half to restore RSL’s two-goal cushion, but
    back-to-back goals by E.T. Tavares
    and Orellana in the last five minutes would bring the match to a 3-3
  • Real Salt Lake
    Line-up v. RSL-Arizona Academy U-18s
    (60 minutes): GK-Kyle Reynish (Tim Melia 30);
    DF-Jamie Cunningham (guest player), 
    DF-Rauwshan McKenzie, DF-Chris Schuler, DF-Jarad vanSchaik [Nico
    Muniz 30 (U-18)]; MF-Jean Alexandre, MF-Luis Gil, MF-Nelson González,
    MF-Collen Warner; FW-Mikey Orellana (U-18) [David Flores 30 (U-18)],
    FW-Donny Toia (guest)
  • Three players were held out of today’s contests due
    to injuries, all members of RSL’s attacking corps: M/F Arturo Alvarez (R adductor
    strain), FW Pablo Campos (R
    knee contusion), and FW Fabian Espíndola
    (L quad strain). Alvarez and Espindola did take part in limited training
    on Monday but were held out today for precautionary measures, with both
    hopeful to contribute during the upcoming series against Columbus. Rookie DF
    Jarad vanSchaik saw his first
    action of the spring with 30 minutes in the morning scrimmage at left
    back, three weeks after suffering a right MCL strain near the opening of
    the team’s first camp in Casa Grande.
  • After returning to the Wasatch Front after the
    match, Real Salt Lake will take Wednesday off before returning to practice on Thursday and Friday at the
    team’s XanGo Field training complex in Lehi
    , both sessions slated to
    start at 11:00 a.m. MT. The
    team will then depart for Ohio on Saturday in order to train in the
    Columbus area on Sunday and Monday in advance of Tuesday’s opening leg (6:00
    p.m. MT, LIVE on Fox Soccer Channel). The second and decisive leg is
    scheduled for one week later on Tuesday,
    March 1
    , with kickoff at Rio
    Tinto Stadium set for 8:00 p.m. MT
  • Fans
    can secure their seats now for both Real Salt Lake’s March 1 CONCACAF Quarterfinal Leg Two fixture against the Columbus Crew
    and its March 26 MLS home opener against
    the Los Angeles Galaxy
    via the “RSL
    2011 2-Pack”
    (beginning at just $80) and the “RSL 2011 Flex 10-Pack” (beginning at $200). Both of these special
    ticket offers, in addition to single-game
    tickets for all 2011 contests and RSL 2011 Season Ticket Packages
    , can be
    purchased online at, over the phone
    at 801-727-2700, or in person at the
    Rio Tinto Stadium box office during
    regular business hours: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. MT. / /