Notes & Quotes - RSL 4 : 1 CLB (CCL QF-2)

Details and reaction from Tuesday night's historic win

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REAL SALT LAKE POSTS 4-1 WIN OVER
COLUMBUS,

ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS

Midfielders
Javier Morales and Andy Williams Pace Potent RSL Attack in Decisive Second Leg
Showdown in Sandy;

Utah Side Makes
History by Becoming First MLS Team to Qualify for Champions League’s “Final
Four”

 

SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, March 1, 2011)
Real Salt Lake captured another piece of Major League Soccer history
Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 15,405 at Rio Tinto Stadium
via a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Crew in the second and decisive leg
of their CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal Series. The 4-1 result,
which gave RSL the aggregate series win by the same margin, allowed the
Utah side to become the first MLS squad to advance to the Semifinal Round of
the regional club championship
.

The scoreless draw in the opening leg last Tuesday was
put well in the rear-view mirror in the early stages tonight, as both teams
came out looking for the goal – or goals – that would secure advancement into
the tournament’s “Final Four.” However, only Real Salt Lake would be rewarded
for its attacking efforts in the opening half, as FW Álvaro Saborío’s
opening salvo in the 23rd minute capped off a wonderful build-up
through the middle of the field, as did MF Javier Morales’ first of the
evening 13 minutes later, allowing RSL a 2-0 cushion – and just a bit of
breathing room – at the half.

That two-goal advantage was short-lived out of the locker
room, as Crew striker Andres Mendoza finished off some nice interplay
for the visitors around the area just four minutes into the second stanza,
keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats for most of the half. It would be
Morales once again taking the advantage to two goals in the 77th
minute, as his finish off a FW Paulo Jr. dish would allow the home side
to breathe a little easier. If the Argentine’s second of the night was the nail
in the coffin, then Andy Williams’ free kick in the dying moments was
the cherry on top, the curling, 22-yard bomb giving the midfielder a deserved
goal to go along with his pair of assists on the evening.

Click
here for the MLSsoccer.com recap of tonight's Second Leg in Sandy

Click
here to visit CONCACAF.com for tonight’s match highlights

Real
Salt Lake Match Notes

  • Real Salt Lake will now turn its focus to Thursday’s second
    leg of the Quarterfinal series between CD Saprissa (Costa Rica) and CD
    Olimpia (Honduras), in which Saprissa will carry a 1-0 aggregate lead into
    their away leg in San Pedro Sula (6:00 p.m. MT, live on Galavision). RSL
    will host the winner of that Central American showdown in Sandy for the first
    leg of the CCL Semifinal series on Tuesday, March 15
    . Tickets for
    that contest are now available
    online at www.RealSaltLake.com, over the
    phone at 801-727-2700, or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box
    Office
    , Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MT.
  • Center back Chris Schuler made a surprise start
    on the RSL backline for the suspended Nat Borchers, the second-year
    man out of Creighton playing a sturdy 90 minutes alongside Jamison
    Olave
    . The minutes were Schuler’s first since suffering a broken bone
    in his right foot during a training session late last September.
  • Both Borchers and fellow defender Tony Beltran
    will be available for selection for the March 15 contest after sitting out
    of tonight’s affair due to red cards received in the opening leg at
    Columbus. In fact, RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis will have his full
    complement of players available when the Semifinal series kicks off in
    Sandy in two weeks’ time.
  • The opening goal by Saborío gave the RSL target man his
    seventh goal of the competition in six appearances, placing him
    third on the CCL’s 2010/11 goal-scoring chart. Only the Cruz Azul duo of Javier
    Orozco
    (12) and Emanuel Villa (8) have more tallies in the
    competition than RSL’s 28-year-old Costa Rican international.
  • While assists are not kept in the official statistics
    by CONCACAF, tonight’s pair of helpers by Williams raised his team-high
    count in the category in CCL play to five.
  • Tuesday's result kept in tact Real Salt Lake's now 34-match home undefeated streak across all competitions at its fortress of Rio Tinto Stadium, a run that dates back 21 months to May 2009 (last loss: 5/16/09, 0-2 L v. KC). The run includes 25 MLS regular season contests, 4 CONCACAF Champions League matches, 3 international friendlies and 2 MLS Cup Playoff showdowns.

 

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – QUARTERFINAL
ROUND, LEG TWO

REAL SALT LAKE 4 : 1 COLUMBUS CREW (2:0)

REAL SALT LAKE WINS SERIES 4-1 ON AGGREGATE

TUESDAY, MARCH 1,
2011

RIO TINTO STADIUM –
SANDY, UTAH

 

Goals by
Period                   
1         
2          F

Real Salt
Lake                       
2         
2         
4                     

Columbus
Crew                     
0         
1          1         

 

Scoring Summary

RSL – Álvaro Saborío
(Javier Morales, Andy Williams) 23’

RSL – Javier Morales
(Andy Williams, Fabian Espíndola) 36’

CLB – Andres Mendoza
(Eddie Gaven) 49’

RSL – Javier Morales
(Paulo Jr.) 77’

RSL – Andy Williams
(unassisted) 95+’

 

Real Salt Lake: GK-Nick Rimando, DF-Robbie Russell,
DF-Chris Schuler, DF-Jamison Olave, DF-Chris Wingert; MF-Andy Williams, MF-Kyle
Beckerman (Captain), MF-Javier Morales (Ned Grabavoy 87), MF-Will Johnson;
FW-Álvaro Saborío (Paulo Jr. 71), FW-Fabian Espíndola (Jean Alexandre 85)

 

Columbus Crew: GK-Ray
Burse Jr., DF-Rich Balchan, DF-Andy Iro (Captain), DF-Sebastian Miranda,
DF-John Gardner (Julius James 60); MF-Emmanuel Ekpo (Dilly Duka 75), MF-Eddie
Gaven, MF-Cole Grossman, MF-Robbie Rogers; FW-Jeff Cunningham (Justin Meram
65), FW-Andres Mendoza

 

Cautions

CLB – Josh Gardner – 43’

RSL – Javier Morales – 57’

CLB – Sebastian Miranda – 94+’

Ejections

None

Statistics       

Real Salt Lake

Columbus Crew

Shots

16

8

Shots on
Goal

7

2

Saves

1

3

Fouls

7

10

Corner Kicks

10

5

Offside

5

2

Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)

Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell (USA), George Gansler
(USA)

Fourth Official: Terry Vaughn (USA)

Time of Game: 1:52

Weather: Partly Cloudy, 40
degrees

Attendance: 15,405

All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

 

REAL SALT LAKE QUOTE SHEET

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – QUARTERFINAL
ROUND, LEG TWO

REAL SALT LAKE 4 : 1 COLUMBUS CREW

 

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD
COACH JASON KREIS

On the build up to
the game and the result:
 

“To be completely
honest, I was a little concerned coming into this match because we’ve been
talking a lot about it and what we’ve managed to do is put ourselves under a
tremendous amount of pressure.  We really raised the level of expectations
for ourselves.  On prior occasions we’ve struggled with that, so I was
nervous that the guys would come out again very nervous tonight. Obviously we
didn’t, so I’m extremely pleased with that situation.”

On the play of
Andy Williams:

“He was incredible
tonight, a very inspired performance.  I think he had a hand in almost all
the goals, if not all of them, so really, really pleased for him.”

On what he expects
heading into the Semifinal Round:

“I hope that we’ve
learned. You hope that when you get guys in that same situation multiple
times that they improve and they learn.  We’ve seen that if we can calm
down, relax a little bit with possession we’ll have some success.  I would
hope that in the next round we can expound on that and maybe even play
better.” 

 

REAL SALT LAKE
GOALKEEPER NICK RIMANDO

On whether this
was a “statement win” for Real Salt Lake:

“No, we just wanted to
beat them. We didn’t care if it was 5-0 or if it was 1-0, our objective was to
win the game. We didn’t want a tie and that is exactly what we did.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
MIDFIELDER ANDY WILLIAMS

On the opening of
the second half:

“We weren’t happy giving
away that goal. We didn’t control the game the first 10 or 15 minutes; they
took over those minutes and got the goal, but then we settled down and got back
to our game.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
MIDFIELDER JAVIER MORALES

On how this game
differed from last week’s game in Columbus:

“In Columbus it was
really hard to play because it was so cold. Here we are at home and we tried to
play our soccer.”

 

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