RSL Notes & Quotes vs. Galaxy

More breakdown from yet another historic night in Sandy

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Record Rio Tinto
Stadium Crowd of 20,507 Braves the Cold to See RSL’s Red-Hot Start to Campaign


SANDY, Utah (Saturday, March 26, 2011)
Real Salt Lake shot out of the gates in tonight’s marquee match-up
against the Los Angeles Galaxy and never looked back, racking up a
three-goal lead by halftime en route to a 4-1 victory. A new record crowd of
20,507 at Rio Tinto Stadium witnessed Real Salt Lake (2-0-0, 6 pts.) set the
tone for the Western Conference race against the Galaxy (1-1-1, 4 pts.) and extend
it dominance in Sandy, with tonight’s result pushing the team’s MLS-record
home undefeated streak to 26 games
(18-0-8). The result also pushed
RSL’s overall regular season unbeaten mark to 16 games, which now stands alone
as the second-longest such run in MLS history.

The record audience in Sandy barely had time to take its
seats before MF Andy Williams finished off a cross from FW Paulo Jr.
at the far right post to put the Galaxy on its heels just 84 second into the
match. The diminutive Brazilian striker was also involved on RSL’s second goal
in the 10th minute when he drew a foul in the area that set up MF
Javier Morales’ penalty kick conversion, which he finished past a wrong-footed
Galaxy GK Josh Saunders with a stutter-step delivery into the lower right
corner  Morales wasn’t done, as the Argentine finished with aplomb from
the corner of the area, rocketing a shot into the far upper 90 in the 41st
minute to all but finish things before the halftime whistle blew.

After playing creator in the first half, Paulo Jr. would
get one of his own in the 68th minute, his tap-in at the far post
off of fellow striker Fabian Espindola’s low cross from the left flank sealing
the deal. Galaxy FW Juan Pablo Angel would notch his first goal in a Galaxy
uniform off of a MF David Beckham free kick in the 80th minute, but
it was too-little-too-late for the visitors by that point as RSL cruised to the
win in front of its raucous home crowd.

Salt Lake Match Notes

  • Real Salt Lake’s 26-match undefeated streak at home in
    regular season play is part of its larger 36-game run (26-0-10) across all
    contests (including friendlies) since May of 2009. Since then, RSL has
    gone 16-0-10 in MLS play, 5-0-0 in CONCACAF Champions League action, 1-0-1
    in MLS Cup Playoff games and 2-0-1 in international friendlies.
  • Real Salt Lake not only picked up where it left off in regular season play on the field, but the Utah side's fans did the same off the field as well. Tonight's crowd of 20,507 broke the single-game Rio Tinto Stadium record of 20,463 set last Oct. 19 against Cruz Azul ... which beat the previous record of 20,236 for last year's regular season finale against FC Dallas, which stood for all of three days (Oct. 16).

  • Andy Williams’ goal was the second-fastest tally in RSL
    history, ranking behind only Matias Mantilla’s tally 40 seconds into a 3-1
    win over Kansas City on Aug. 29, 2007.

  • MF Luis Gil made his regular season debut for Real Salt
    Lake, playing the final 13 minutes in place of Paulo Jr. The 18-year-old
    Gil saw time for RSL in one U.S. Open Cup and one CONCACAF Champions
    League match during his rookie season in 2010 but never hit the field in
    MLS play last year.

  • Tonight’s result for the Claret-and-Cobalt came despite
    the absence of three players on international duty – FW Alvaro Saborio
    (Costa Rica), MF Will Johnson (Canada) and M/F Arturo Alvarez (El
    Salvador). The trio will rejoin the squad in time for its next contest,
    the second leg of RSL’s CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal at Costa
    Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa on Tuesday, April 5.

  • Tonight’s high-octane output on the offensive end
    marked the fourth time in Real Salt Lake’s regular season history in which
    it scored at least four goals, and its first instance in 17 regular season
    contests. The last occasion came last July 2, when the Claret-and-Cobalt
    put five up on the New England Revolution in Sandy.


REAL SALT LAKE  4  :  1 


On Real Salt
Lake’s performance:

“For forty-five minutes,
that was probably the best soccer I’ve ever seen in this stadium and from this
team.  It was a sheer delight to watch that.”

On Paulo Jr.’s
play in his first start of 2011:

“He was really good when
we had the ball. Tonight, the first half, I thought he was dangerous every
time he touched [the ball] and every time he was around it.  He obviously
made a lot of things happen.”

On his contract
extension coming on the heels of tonight’s match:

“To have those things
kind of happen at the same time meant that I was receiving a lot of text messages
and phone calls.  But, at the end of it all, I’ll take the game, I’ll take
the result, I’ll take the forty-five minutes of watching my team play
unbelievably well.” 


On his two goals
vs. the Galaxy:

“The truth is I am very
happy, but the most important thing was the victory – at home, with four goals
– against a team like the Galaxy. It’s something very important to us.”

On the outcome of
the match:

“We were confident from
the first minute. Having scored in the first couple of minutes, it gave us an
opportunity to do much more.”


On the possibility
of being kept out due to injury:

“I had in my head that I
was going to start. I had positive thoughts going into the testing before the
game, and I felt 10 times better than the previous days.”

On RSL’s
performance against Los Angeles:

“That’s how we play.
We’re aggressive at home, and even when we’re away; it’s the only way we know
how to play. When we play at home and have the support of 18,000 or a sellout,
we’ll always play aggressive.”


On the key to
defeating the Galaxy:

“The way we attacked in
the first ten minutes, and the way we took control of the game. Plus the crowd
… we were all pumped up today”


On his first
regular season goal for Real Salt Lake in the 68th minute:

“When I saw [Fabian]
Espindola with the ball I knew there was a chance for goal, so I imagined the
goalie would go for the near post. So I went to the far post and (Espindola)
crossed it, and I just tapped it in.”

On any controversy
involving the penalty he drew for RSL’s second goal:

“I don’t know if there
was (an offside), I just saw the ball and I ran to it.”


On the start of
the match:

“We came out poorly,
there’s no question about that. We turned the ball over and made some bad plays
and they capitalized. The second goal off the penalty kick I think was a
terrible call by the referee, but it didn’t certainly didn’t cost us the game.
We were completely outplayed in the first half and we were punished properly.”

On if Los Angeles
can take anything out of this game:

“You take a lot out of
this [game]. I think sometimes you can learn more when you lose games than when
you win. Tonight there were a lot of individual mistakes. Obviously I point the
finger at the coach when the team shows up and plays the way we played in the
first 15 minutes of the game.”


On playing in
front of a sell-out crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium:

“It’s great to see the
fans turn out in a full house. Obviously you enjoy atmospheres like this when
you are away from home and fans are against you, but it was a tough night for

On what makes it
so difficult to win at Rio Tinto Stadium:

“We expected that. We
knew what was coming. Obviously we didn’t start the game well, and when you
don’t start the game well against any team it’s difficult. But when you start
the game like we did against a team like this that can score quick goals then
it’s difficult.”


On scoring his
first goal in a Galaxy uniform:

“It was good, but I wish
it would have been under different circumstances. But it is always important to
get off the mark, especially on a new team. I have a mix of emotions because it
wasn’t a good game for us.”

On how he thought
the game played out for the Galaxy:

“It wasn’t a good game
overall. We didn’t start off the game well and we got punished by it. We made
mistakes and they capitalized on our mistakes. We’ve got to make sure we start
off games better than that.” / /