Notes & Quotes - NE 0 : 2 RSL

More wrap-up from RSL's third win on the trot in MLS play

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Goals from DF
Chris Schuler and FW Paulo Jr. Help Claret-and-Cobalt Remain Lone Undefeated
Team in MLS;

Overall Regular
Season Undefeated Run Stretched to 17 Games, Road Unbeaten Streak Now at Nine


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Saturday, April 9, 2011)
While the cast of characters might have been largely different, the
result was the same for Real Salt Lake, which utilized the deepest bench
in Major League Soccer to power past the New England Revolution 2-0
at Gillette Stadium
. With the result, Real Salt Lake (3-0-0, 9 pts.) was
the lone of the five undefeated teams in MLS entering Week 4 action to stay
that way and pushed the third-longest unbeaten run in MLS regular season
history to 17 games

RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis shuffled his roster
following Tuesday’s grueling CCL Semifinal contest against Saprissa in Costa
Rica, giving several players their first look in the starting XI for 2011.
RSL’s continuity and possession looked much the same, as the Utah side carried
the play out of the gates and put three of its first half shots on frame. One
of those came in the 27th minute, when DF Chris Schuler
netted his first career MLS goal, his glancing header of MF Collen
corner kick settling into the upper right corner of goal to give
the visitors the lead.

Warner would also help on RSL’s second tally of the
night, his dirty work to keep possession along the sideline ultimately paying
off with his through ball down the right flank for FW Paulo Jr. The
Brazilian striker took full advantage of his 1-v-1 chance on Revolution GK Bobby
, coolly slotting just inside the near right post to double the
RSL lead and record his second goal of the young season. The match would turn
ugly soon after, as red cards issued to New England midfielders Shalrie
and Pat Phelan and RSL’s Will Johnson were three of
the ten cards issued by referee Jasen Anno on the night. 

here for the recap of tonight’s MLS contest in

here to view the match highlights from Gillette Stadium


Salt Lake Match Notes

  • Real Salt Lake’s 17-match undefeated run in regular
    season action sits just two behind the League record of 19. RSL was
    responsible for the end of one of those streaks when it defeated FC
    late in the 2010 regular season, while the 2004-05
    Columbus Crew
    squads combined for the other record run.
  • The current unbeaten streak also includes a nine-match
    road undefeated run (3-0-6) that is tied for the second longest in MLS
    , even with the 2004 Columbus Crew and 2007-08 Chicago Fire. Tonight’s
    win pushed RSL’s career record against the Revs to 6-4-3, including a
    winning 3-2-2 margin at Gillette Stadium.
  • Real Salt Lake is the only MLS squad to gain the full
    nine points from its first three contests and sits even with its next two
    opponents in League play – Colorado and Philadelphia – atop the League’s
    overall table. The three teams that Real Salt Lake has defeated in 2011 –
    San Jose, Los Angeles and New England – have combined to go 6-0-5 in their
    other contests (San Jose kicks off late against Toronto FC).
  • Five Real Salt Lake players – GK Kyle Reynish,
    DF Rauwshan McKenzie, MF Jean Alexandre, MF Collen Warner,
    and FW Arturo Alvarez – got their first starts of the 2011 season,
    with McKenzie getting his first minutes of the campaign via his full
    90-minute effort.
  • For Reynish, the three-save performance marked the first
    win of his MLS career
    (1-0-3), this after he registered draws in his
    three League performances last season and a no-record performance in his
    MLS debut in 2009. The shutout was the second of his career, following up
    on his clean sheet last Sept. 9 at Seattle (0-0 T).
  • The two assists for Collen Warner marked his
    first two helpers in League play since joining the squad via the MLS
    SuperDraft out of the University of Portland in 2010. Warner’s two-point
    performance tonight – which broke a 14-game streak without a goal or
    assist to start his career – was not his first in an RSL uniform, as he
    helped registered a goal and assist in last October’s 3-1 win over Cruz
    Azul in the CCL Group Stage finale in Sandy.
  • With regular captain Kyle Beckerman starting the
    contest on the substitute’s bench, tonight’s match marked the first time
    MF Will Johnson donned the captain’s armband for Real Salt Lake in
    regular season action. The red card awarded to Johnson in the 87th
    minute marked the first for RSL in regular season action since Sept., 19,
    2009, when DF Jamison Olave was ejected from a 2-3 defeat at Houston (36
    games between regular season ejections).
  • Real Salt Lake will return to Utah on Sunday to prepare
    for yet another quick turnaround, this time in advance of the first of two
    Rocky Mountain Cup series showdowns with the Colorado Rapids
    (3-1-0, 9 pts.) this Wednesday, April 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium (7:00
    p.m. MT kickoff)
    . Tickets for the rivalry contest featuring the last
    two MLS Cup champions remain available and can be purchased online at, over the
    phone at 801-727-2700, or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box
    Monday-Tuesday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MT and beginning at
    10:00 a.m. on gameday.






On reserve players filling in for regular starters…

We put the challenge on them to rise to this occasion - to step
out and step up and make a statement for themselves. Not only for us, but for
everybody in the league of what kind of players they are. We see them every
single day at training, and we have a whole lot of belief in them, but a lot of
people don’t see those players enough. I think they made a big statement for
themselves and for our club tonight.


On Paulo Jr.’s goal minutes into the second half…

Hugely important. The first goal in and of itself was hugely
important to get us in a positive place where we can then play with a lead. I
guess they were a team that was really tired and should be desperate at home,
and I think we played pretty darn well with that lead. Obviously to get that
second goal puts us in a really comfortable position.


On reserve players…

I think we do a fair job in our training sessions making sure that
everybody knows what’s expected of them. We had a good chance at half time - we
were already up with our one-nil lead - to talk about what kind of decisions we
want and what we want to be doing tactically with and without the ball. I think
the guys followed through with everything that was put to them tonight, even
from minute one with the plan we approached the game with.


On Will Johnson’s ejection…

It was very disappointing. Will’s a hugely important piece for us
in the midfield with the amount of ground he covers and the work rate that he
has. We will miss him on Wednesday night. There’s no doubt about it, but I
think there enough guys out there that have shown they’re quite capable. We
shouldn’t miss a beat.


On resting regular starters…

It just had to be that way. Not only because of the [upcoming]
game against Colorado, but then CONCACAF directly behind that and the fact that
we had two turf games in a row for me is very difficult, especially for some
players that are carrying some lingering injuries or having to worry about
swelling in their knees and ankles. I would say that the guys who stepped
in…credit to them. They really made a statement.


On preparations for New England this week…

It’s a lot of work on the coaching staff to break down the video
in short amount of time and be able to present it to the players. [I give]
credit to my assistant coaches. They did a fantastic job and I think we entered
this game with a really nice game plan that frustrated New England.


When did you decide on this line up?

About two weeks ago. We try to think about things and make plans
several weeks out. We don’t tell the players about it. Of course, things can
change as you go along, but this line up was in my mind about two or three
weeks ago … I think they did a good job. Our players are showing now to be a
pretty mature crew, and not get themselves into situations that they shouldn’t
and make undisciplined choices.



On his first MLS win…

It feels awesome. To be honest, I didn’t feel like I had to do
quite as much as I have in some other games. Over four years now I’ve been
waiting to get it, so I think [I] appreciate it a little more than some other
guys who maybe get it earlier in their careers.

At the start, I think they definitely pressured us. They have some
big bodies and any set pieces you give them, you know they are going to be
dangerous because they have such big guys coming in to your box. I think we resisted
the initial wave, the first 15 minutes of pressure. I think we rebounded a
little bit we got possession and played a little more to our rhythm than
falling into their game.

I think everybody responded pretty well [to the amount of cautions
in the match]. We’ve had some tough calls over the years, and we’ve all gone
through it before. It was nice to see no one lost their head. I think it’s
easier when you’re playing here than when you’re in some of those CONCACAF
games with the foreign teams. I think everyone is growing and maturing the
longer we play together.

I think [this game] shows that we can put some of our reserves, or
not our consistent starters in, and you’re not going to have a drop off when
the other guys need a rest for the Champions League games.



I think with Javy (Javier Morales) there are big shoes to fill. I
thought our forwards did a fantastic job just creating chances on their own and
combining as well.

It was a general consensus (on the corner). I was going shorter
more than longer on that one. I put the ball in a spot where he could go and
win [the aerial ball].


On the second goal coming early in the second half…

We knew we were going to have to kill the game and we weren’t
expecting to get it that soon. The sooner the better I guess.

For how congested our fixture list is right now, our coaches have
faith in us. Coach can rest the bigger players that are necessary for the
bigger games. The coaching staff has a lot of belief in everybody on this team,
so that helps a lot.


How did RSL’s midfield match up with New England’s tonight …

Really well. We were disappointed when they had the possession
because we felt that in the midfield, we were leaving their extra guy. They had
three (midfielders) in there, but once we sorted that out, I thought we did
well. We did well to dominate the midfield after that.


Changes made at the half…

We definitely came out wanting to press in the first 15 minutes.
We were trying to sort out that extra player that was there, then they also
switched their formation at the beginning of the half, so that might have
something to do with it also.



On first MLS goal…

It feels good to get the result. It feels good to get on the
board, definitely. I’m a bigger guy and it’s kind of expected. It’s good to
come through. I’ve got to give a shout out to C,J. Brown for helping me out a
lot after practice working on that. I’m a big guy. I feel that if I don’t score
a goal every now and then, I’m doing something wrong.

Every time you get a chance, you’ve got to do the best with it,
because you are not going to get many opportunities. I try to push myself every
day, and I try to step in and do the best I can.

There is good professionalism to be learned from [Jamison Olave
and Nat Borchers]. They each have their own approach, but they definitely bring
something to the table to take away.



“Well, I guess there’s no hiding behind anything: we weren’t good.
The first half, we probably found their men more times than we found our own,
and if you’re doing that – I don’t care who you’re playing against – you’re
going to be in trouble. You have to give them credit. They had great shape,
they kept solid and just tried to hurt us on the break. We gave them a rotten
goal from a set piece and then we’re up against it. We made the changes, and
then we gave the ball away again at the halfway line and we end up going two
down. It makes it difficult. For that game to have three red cards is pretty
incredible. I haven’t seen any of them, but that’s tough to swallow. We weren’t
good tonight, but we lost Shalrie (Joseph) and Pat Phelan for next week in a
game which nobody challenges in it up until the red card.

I thought we had some fatigue. We didn’t have any spring in our
legs, but at the same time, it doesn’t hide the fact that we really should have
played better than we did. You give the ball to the opposition as often as we
did; you’re not going to win games.

It’s the manner in which we gave [up the second goal] that’s the
worst thing about it. We lose a ball at the halfway line, which is unforgivable
sometimes the way we lost the ball tonight. As much as I’m shell-shocked with
the red cards and everything that happened in the last 25-30 minutes of the
game, it doesn’t hide the fact that we got what we deserved tonight.

I think when you see decisions going against you the way they did,
it’s very easy for us to sit on the sideline and say you should keep your head.
I don’t think anybody was over the top, but certainly guys were getting
frustrated. At least we were frustrated – at least we showed a bit of something
and wee bit of passion, which is always good. But frustrating is the right word
for the whole evening, never mind the last 30 minutes when the cards were
flying around.

As I said, we were heavy-legged, we didn’t have a lot of spring.
[RSL] came in and did it right, give them credit. They had a good shape, didn’t
make any mistakes, cleared the lines, and then relied on guys breaking. They
got it right and we got it wrong.


On Kenny Mansally …

When he came on in the middle of the night, he was cutting in,
putting some good balls into the box and getting some shots off. So we were
looking for that. Obviously we were looking for Marko (Perovic) to get on it
and get after them as well. But it didn’t happen. It didn’t materialize. We
didn’t get on the ball in the right areas as often as we wanted to.

We need to sit down, look at what happened, why it happened, how
it happened and all of that other stuff and then we’ll talk about it. Straight
after the game is not the time to be commenting on certain things.


On Ousmane Dabo …

I would hope that he’s going to be joining full training sometime
this week … we’ll see what happens.



the play of the team in the second half …

isn’t a good result for us. We really wanted to take three points at home,
obviously. It just didn’t happen tonight. It wasn’t working.


the change of formation in the second half …

switched to a 4-4-2 (in the second half) and we wanted to get it wide and try
to get balls in the box. They got one quick right and away and the red cards
and everything just kind of went from there.


if he could have done anything on the goals …

first (goal) I’m calling for and I’ve got to get through the guys, so the first
one’s definitely on me. Second one, he’s coming in and it’s a tough ball. He
can put it either way. I just tried to stay up as long as I could and he just
kind of tucked it away pretty nice … that’s a backbreaker for us, going in
one-nil and coming out we’re ready to attack. We want to go at them and that
happens and you’re trying to claw back two goals to get back into it. It’s
tough and it’s hard to go from there.



It was hard for us to keep the ball and get anything going
attacking-wise. They got that first goal and it kind of took the air out of our
sails. And then they get that second one early in the second half and that just
killed us a little bit. I feel like we came out with the right mentality in the
beginning of the second half. Marko (Perovic) had a chance out there right
before they scored. If we could have gotten that one, that would have been huge
for us, momentum-wise. But it was just a down game all-in-all for us.

It definitely got chippy in the second half. The game got heated.
The tackles started flying and I feel like we just have to do a better job of
keeping our cool. Of course it’s frustrating when the game’s like that
sometimes and the other team has more of the ball, and one thing leads to
another, but I feel like we just have to do a better job of keeping our cool so
we can keep our guys in that game and then the next game as well.


On the impact tonight’s ejections will have on next week’s game in
Houston …

It just means that some people are going to have to step up.
That’s going to be a big game for us - we would hate to go on a two-game losing
streak. It’s a good thing that we have a week off to prepare, train and get our
bodies rested from this past week. But it’s time for some guys to step up and
show what they’re made of, and hopefully they can do that in Houston.



When we
started the second half, we all have the expectation that we are ready to
change. We changed the formation. We started two strikers and were trying to
press them more up in front, to press the defensive line of Real Salt Lake.
Unfortunately, after two or three minutes of the second half, they get a second
goal and it’s very difficult moments, especially when you go out in the first
five minutes [and they] get a goal. I think psychologically it’s very hard. We
were still thinking and trying and believing that we can make a difference.
Then unfortunately we got one red card, Shalrie, and then a second one and
probably it was very hard to make any change.


the second half goal being a turning point:

sure about it. There [are] breaking points in every game … Every team that
scores the first goal in the game, it’s important to open the game good. The
last minutes of each half, they are the most important and the first minutes in
the second half. Because when you are losing 1-0, you step on the field with
more pressure and willing to change things and if you get a goal in the first
counter that cuts you starting off the second half and it’s hard to come back.
Psychologically, it’s very hard. But it’s one more game.

It is
bad, the loss, and we have to look forward because until now we’ve had good
results and we have to change. We have to analyze this game and we have to get
ready for the next one. This is about soccer every weekend. It’s a new
challenge and we have to forget this as soon as possible and go into the next
game. / /