RSL Notes & Quote Sheet - SJ 0 : 1 RSL

Reaction from RSL's second straight season-opening win at Buck Shaw

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KYLE BECKERMAN’S LIGHTNING STRIKE SEES REAL SALT LAKE TO RAIN-SOAKED WIN AT
SAN JOSE

Captain’s 64th
Minute Tally, GK Nick Rimando’s 10 Saves Help Utah Side Gain Full Three Points
in 2011 MLS First Kick Opener

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Saturday, March 19,
2011)
The weather might not have
been pretty, but the result for Real Salt Lake (1-0-0, 3 pts.) was
beautiful, as the Utah side used a goal from Captain Kyle Beckerman
midway through the second half and several huge saves by GK Nick Rimando
to post a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes (0-1-0, 0 pts.) in
their 2011 MLS First Kick showdown. An announced crowd of 10,525 at Buck
Shaw Stadium
braved a constant downpour and steady winds of over 20 mph
from start to finish, conditions which made the RSL defensive effort all that
much more impressive, especially in the second half when Rimando made stop
after stop to keep the full three points in the visitors’ back pocket.

After enjoying the blustery wind and driving rain at its
back in the first 45 minutes, Real Salt Lake fought “upstream” in the second
stanza, using its short passing game to combat the conditions and control play
after the halftime whistle up until the 64th minute goal. It was a
quick interplay in the right corner by DF Tony Beltran and MF Javier
Morales
that resulted in Beckerman finding space 20 yards from goal, where
he unleashed a low shot that took one bounce off the wet turf before sneaking
past San Jose GK Jon Busch and kissing off the left post. From there on
out it was the “Rimando Show,” as the veteran netminder made seven of his 10
total stops on the night in the last 20 minutes to preserve the road result.

Click
here for the MLSsoccer.com recap of tonight’s MLS First Kick affair

Click
here to view the match highlights from Buck Shaw Stadium

Real
Salt Lake Match Notes

  • Real Salt Lake picked up where it left off from last
    year’s regular season, stretching its undefeated streak in League play
    to 15 games (7-0-8)
    , its last defeat in regular season play coming on
    July 17, 2010, at FC Dallas (0-2 L). The current run includes eight
    straight road contests
    without a defeat (1-0-7).
  • Last year’s record-setting defensive effort also
    carried over, as the clean sheet marked the third in four contests in 2011
    when combining tonight’s result with RSL’s play in the CONCACAF Champions
    League [only 1 GA (vs. CLB in Leg 2 of the CCL Quarterfinals) in 360 total
    minutes of play this year].
  • This marks the second straight season in which Real
    Salt Lake has kicked off the year in League play with a road win at San
    Jose, following on the heels of last year’s 3-0 result at Buck Shaw
    Stadium. The win pushed RSL’s all-time record against the ‘Quakes over the
    .500 mark (4-3-5).
  • Beckerman’s goal was the first for the
    Claret-and-Cobalt captain in MLS play in 15 appearances, his last goal on
    May 8, 2010, standing as the match-winner (27’) in a 3-0 result over
    Philadelphia at Rio Tinto Stadium. Beckerman had scored since then,
    pushing one across in RSL’s 4-1 win over Toronto FC in CCL play last Sept.
    15, also in Sandy.
  • Speaking of Real Salt Lake’s Sandy home, the
    Claret-and-Cobalt will open the Rio Tinto Stadium portion of their 2011
    MLS campaign next Saturday, March 26
    , when they welcome the Los
    Angeles Galaxy
    (1-0-0, 3 pts.) to their “fortress” for an early-season
    showdown of likely title contenders. Kickoff in Sandy is set for 7:00
    p.m. MT
    , when RSL will look to extend its 35-match home undefeated
    streak across all competitions
    dating back to May of 2009, which also
    includes an MLS record 25-game run in League play (17-0-8). Tickets
    for the contest remain available and can be purchased online at RealSaltLake.com, over the
    phone at 801-727-2700, or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box
    Office
    Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MT and beginning at
    10:00 a.m. on gameday.

 

POST-GAME QUOTE SHEET

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES  0  : 
1  REAL SALT LAKE

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD
COACH JASON KREIS

On the weather
conditions:

“It was really windy.
These were possibly the worst weather conditions I’ve ever coached in.”

On the result:

“The result was huge. We
got the goal from Kyle and then just battled. It became a bit of a war of
attrition there at the end. I’m glad that the clock ran out.”

On stopping the
Earthquakes’ second half surge:

“It was almost
impossible to possess the ball on the field like that or get the ball in behind
their backs with the wind against us. Those two things that meant that we had
to deal with strong attacking from them, lots of crosses and shots, and tonight
we did a good job of doing that.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
DEFENDER NAT BORCHERS

On GK Nick
Rimando’s performance:

”When you have a veteran
goalkeeper and great shot stopper like Nick, it gives the defense a lot more
confidence. He was awesome tonight. We got the shutout and I attribute most of
that to him.”

On dealing with
the elements:

“Slipping was the
biggest factor. It was hard to get our studs dug in, and some of the guys had a
hard time with that. The rain kept coming down, the field got heavier and
heavier and it was difficult.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
MIDFIELDER KYLE BECKERMAN

On his 64th
minute goal:

“I was in a bit of
space, Javier (Morales) was able to turn his guy and find me for the pass, and
I just tried to get a good strike on goal, and luckily it went in.”

On the
Earthquakes:

“They brought a lot of
energy. They have a new formation, and I think they have a bit of confidence
from last season, so we knew it was going to be a tough game.”

 

SAN
JOSE HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOP

On
the result:

“With the chances we
had, we have to score at least one goal. I thought we dominated play most of
the game. We felt on top of the game. I was very happy with the performance,
but obviously not the result.”

On the debuts of
Dawkins, McLoughlin and Ampaipitakwong:

“They
did great. I thought Ellis made some quality runs. Simon is a lad we picked up
from Tottenham Hotspur and looked good. He searched for the ball and ran with
it. He's a clever player, and ‘Ampai’ came on and did fine too. Our depth looks
good.”

 

SAN JOSE FORWARD
CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI

Thoughts on game:
“I take the blame for this loss. I had three perfect balls just sitting there
and I missed them all. It’s frustrating. It’s one of those situations where I
needed to do better on. I think the team played well. We pressed at times. It
was a tough loss. It’s going to haunt me for a while. It was just one of those
games where it didn’t go your way.”
 
On the elements:

“I think the weather conditions played a role in the game. The weather was bad
and it made the ball really slick, especially the wind. It was pretty hard to
get the ball down play. It was unpredictable.”

 

SAN JOSE MIDFIELDER
SIMON DAWKINS

On his Earthquakes debut:
“It went well. When I was on the bench, I was looking for opportunities where
we could expose the ball. I figured if I ran with the ball at midfield I could
create some chances, and that’s what I did. We had a few more chances, but just
couldn’t take them. It was a little disappointing.”

 

SAN JOSE MIDFIELDER
ANTHONY AMPAIPITAKWONG

On making his MLS debut:
 “I had butterflies. I was so thrilled to be on the field, especially in a
situation where I was put on to try to help the team get back in the game. We
just couldn’t finish our chances. We have to put that behind us now and look
forward to Dallas.”

 

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