RSL, Sounders Duel to 3-3 Draw

Warner nets twice late in back-and-forth affair

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REAL SALT
LAKE AND SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC DUEL TO 3-3 EXHIBITION DRAW IN DESERT

RSL’s First Squad Earns 1-1 Stalemate
during First 80 Minutes of Action;

Young Guns and Academy Players Push SSFC’s
Starters to 2-2 Tie across Final Half Hour

 

CASA
GRANDE, Ariz. (Tuesday, February 8, 2011)
Real Salt Lake
twice fell behind, yet also managed to lose a lead during a 3-3 exhibition draw against fellow MLS
Western Conference side Seattle Sounders FC
this afternoon at the Grande Sports World training complex.

In
a 110-minute affair played across three periods (45/35/30), RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis continued to build towards
CONCACAF Champions League play in just two weeks’ time against Columbus,
playing the bulk of his starting XI for 80 minutes, during which time the teams
played to a 1-1 stalemate. The goals would come fast and furious in the last
30-minute stanza, when MF Collen Warner
bagged a pair of goals two minutes apart to pull the Claret-and-Cobalt even and
into the lead in the 97th and 99th minutes, respectively.
However, a last-gasp attack by Sounders FC would lead to a penalty kick
conversion from FW Fredy Montero in
the final minute, forcing a share of the spoils on the day.

The
preseason affair got off to an ominous start for the Utahans just three minutes
in, when Seattle striker Lamar Neagle
picked off a back pass by DF Robbie
Russell
30 yards from goal before fighting off the challenge of DF Nat Borchers and slotting low and
inside GK Nick Rimando’s left post
to push Seattle ahead early. Putting the early lapse behind it, Real Salt Lake
would build confidence in its attack through long stretches of possession and
tight passing, paying off in the 37th minute when a build-up ended
with a foul just outside the Sounders FC penalty area. With the ball sitting
just 20 yards from goal it was no surprise that MF Javier Morales would get the opportunity to hit one of his patented
free kicks, and the Argentine would oblige, dipping his shot over the wall and
inside the left post to tie the match at 1-1.

While
the scoring would dry up in the second period, that was certainly not the case
in the third, when the younger side of RSL’s roster and a handful of the team’s
RSL-Arizona U-18 Academy members and guest players meshed well and went
toe-to-toe with SSFC’s first team. The explosion towards goal started in the 90th
minute when ex-Toronto FC striker O’Brian
White
would finish off a quick counter-attack after another RSL turnover,
once again giving Seattle the lead, this time at 2-1. But Warner would bring RSL
back in fine fashion seven minutes later, accepting a perfectly chipped pass
from MF Luis Gil in the outer corner
of the area before turning to the endline and rifling a shot past Seattle
‘keeper Bryan Meredith to even the
proceedings at 2-2.

Only
two minutes later it was RSL taking advantage of a defensive miscue by Seattle,
with Warner stealing the ball and playing a 1-2 with MF Nelson Gonzalez before firing past Meredith once
again, this time from outside the area, to give RSL its first lead of the day
at 3-2. But just when it looked Real Salt Lake would escape with the win,
Seattle’s last run down the field would earn a spot kick, as guest player DF Jamie Cunningham did well to track back
inside the area to block a certain 1-v-1 attempt on GK Tim Melia, but his sliding attempt saw him trap the ball underneath
him with his hand, leading to an immediate point to the spot. Montero would
finish from the 12-yard mark, and seconds after the ensuing kickoff the match
would be called as a draw.

 

Scoring Summary

SEA
– Lamar Neagle (unassisted) 3

RSL – Javier Morales
(unassisted) 37

SEA
– O’Brian White (Erik Friberg, Fredy Montero) 90

RSL – Collen Warner
(Luis Gil, Donny Toia) 97

RSL – Collen Warner
(Nelson Gonzalez) 99

SEA
– Fredy Montero (penalty kick) 110

 

Real Salt Lake
Line-ups

Periods 1&2
(45/35 minutes):

GK-Nick Rimando; DF-Robbie Russell, DF-Jamison Olave, DF-Nat Borchers, DF-Chris
Wingert (Tony Beltran 45); MF-Kyle Beckerman, MF-Andy Williams, MF-Ned Grabavoy
(Nelson González 69), MF-Javier Morales; FW-Álvaro Saborío (Collen Warner 62),
FW-Paulo Jr.

Period 3 (30
minutes):
GK-Tim
Melia; DF-Tony Beltran, DF-Jamie Cunningham, DF-Rauwshan McKenzie, DF-Nelson
Gonzalez; MF-Nico Muniz, MF-Collen Warner, MF-David Flores, MF-Luis Gil;
FW-Mikey Orellana, FW-Donny Toia

Seattle
Sounders FC Line-ups

Period 1 (45 minutes): Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Leone Cruz,
Patrick Ianni, Danny Earls,  David Estrada, Jonathan Prieto, Servando
Carrasco, Miguel Montano, Lamar Neagle, Seedy Bah.

Period 2 (35 minutes): Josh Ford, Roger Levesque, Zach Scott
(Jeff Parke 17’), Patrick Ianni (Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 17’), Danny Earls (Tyson
Wahl 17’), David Estrada (Alvaro Fernandez 17’), Jonathan Prieto (Erik Friberg
10’), Servando Carrasco (Osvaldo Alonso 17’), Michael Tetteh, Lamar Neagle
(Fredy Montero 17’), Mike Fucito. 

Period 3 (30 minutes): Bryan Meredith, James Riley, Jeff
Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Alvaro Fernandez, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik
Friberg, Steve Zakuani, O’Brian White, Fredy Montero.

 

RSL
Preseason News & Notes

  • Six RSL players either saw limited minutes or no
    time at all during today’s scrimmage due to injury, headlined by DF Chris Wingert (L adductor strain),
    who was able to start and go 45 minutes before giving way to DF Tony Beltran. Forwards Fabian Espíndola (L quadriceps
    strain) and Pablo Campos (R
    knee contusion) both suffered minor injury setbacks during training on
    Monday and were held out of today’s match for precautionary measures, as
    were GK Kyle Reynish (R
    shoulder impingement) and DF Chris
    Schuler
    (R broken foot/surgery), who have returned to full team
    training in recent days. Rookie DF Jarad
    vanSchaik
    (R MCL sprain) continues on the road to recovery after
    suffering his injury on just the third day of spring training and could be
    back to limited training with the squad by the end of the stay in Phoenix.
  • Injuries weren’t the only absences Real Salt Lake
    had to contend with today, as three players – MF Jean Alexandre, FW Arturo
    Alvarez
    , and MF Will Johnson
    – have been with their respective national teams since the weekend in
    advance of international friendly action on Wednesday. Johnson and his
    Canadian cohorts have taken a rare trip to Europe to square off against
    Greece in Larissa (8:00 a.m. MT), while Alvarez’s El Salvador squad will
    play host to Alexandre and his Haitian National Team mates in San Salvador
    (6:30 p.m. MT). The trio is scheduled to rejoin their RSL teammates in
    Phoenix by Friday.
  • Three of the four RSL-Arizona Academy projects that
    have trained with the team in recent weeks featured during the final 30
    minutes of today’s contest – MF David
    Flores
    , MF Nico Muniz, and FW
    Mikey Orellana – while GK Lalo Fernandez has also been
    entrenched with the RSL first team during the early days of the current
    camp. In addition, former RSL-Arizona product Donny Toia and recent guest player Jamie Cunningham also saw action across the final half hour of
    the scrimmage.
  • Real Salt Lake will enjoy what is scheduled to be
    its first and only off day of the 10-day trip on Wednesday before training
    at least once at the Reach 11 Sports Complex from Thursday through Monday
    (11:00 a.m. sessions, open to the public). RSL will close out its second
    Arizona trip back down in Casa Grande next Tuesday, Feb. 15, when it will hold split-squad scrimmages
    against the RSL-Arizona Academy
    U-18
    squad (10:00 a.m.) and old friend Robin Fraser and his Chivas USA side (12:00 p.m.)
    before returning to Utah that evening.
  • Only two weeks remain until Real Salt Lake returns
    to meaningful competition, as the squad continues to focus on its CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal
    Round series against the Columbus Crew
    , with the home-and-home set
    beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 22
    at Crew Stadium (6:00 p.m. MT, live on Fox Soccer Channel). The home leg
    is scheduled for one week later on Tuesday,
    March 1
    , with kickoff at Rio
    Tinto Stadium set for 8:00 p.m. MT
    . Tickets for the pivotal second leg
    remain on sale and can be purchased online at www.RealSaltLake.com, over the
    phone at 801-727-2700, or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office
    Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

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