RSL Notes & Quotes @ Monterrey

Kreis, Morales speak of late-game dramatics

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CRUCIAL LATE GOAL EARNS REAL SALT LAKE
2-2 DRAW AT MONTERREY

MF Javier
Morales’ Tally in 89th Minute of CONCACAF Champions League Final’s
Opening Leg Sends Series Back to Utah all Square for Next Wednesday’s Decisive
Contest

 

MONTERREY,
Mexico (Wednesday, April 20, 2011)
A
goal from MF Javier Morales with just minutes remaining helped Real Salt
Lake even its CONCACAF Champions League Final opening leg against Monterrey
at 2-2, helping to send the aggregate goals series to Sandy all knotted up.

The
2010/11 regional club championship could very well come down to the pair of
away goals the Utah side was able to tally on the evening, each of which erased
a one-goal deficit. Thanks to the two road goals, Real Salt Lake will lift its
first piece of international hardware with a win, a scoreless draw, or a 1-1
draw next Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium, as the first tiebreaker comes down to
goals scored away from home in the series.

Real
Salt Lake showed its veteran mettle in front of a boisterous crowd of 31,000 at
Estadio Tecnológico, first leveling the match in the 35th minute via
a crisp header by DF Nat Borchers, which cancelled out Monterrey FW Aldo
De Nigris’
opening salvo in the 17th minute. After Rayados FW Humberto
Suazo
converted from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute, RSL
would grind through many a nervous moment before Morales side-stepped a
defender and sent a right-footed shot just inside the far left post to even up
the proceedings, sending the series into its weeklong “halftime” at 2-2.

 

Real
Salt Lake Match Notes

  • After
    weathering a tough storm down at Estadio Tecnológico, Real Salt Lake will
    get to enjoy the home cooking that its Rio Tinto Stadium “fortress”
    has provided to the tune of a current 34-match undefeated streak across
    all competitions (run stretches to 37 games when including international
    friendlies). RSL’s 25-0-9 record in Sandy since May 2009 has included a
    spotless 5-0-0 mark in CCL play during the team’s maiden voyage through
    the regional competition, including a 2-0 victory over Costa Rican
    powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa in the last CCL hime fixture back on March
    15.
  • Thanks
    to cooperation from Major League Soccer and the Philadelphia Union, the
    MLS regular season contest between Real Salt Lake and Philly that was
    slated for this Saturday in Sandy has been moved back to Saturday,
    Sept. 3
    . This will allow RSL a full week to prepare for the second and
    decisive CCL Final leg next Wednesday.
  • One
    player that won’t see the field In next week’s ultimate contest is captain
    Kyle Beckerman, who was shown his second caution of the
    Championship Stage during tonight’s second half, which comes with an
    automatic one-game suspension. A pair of Monterrey players will also miss
    out after seeing their second yellows of the knockout phase – Aldo De
    Nigris
    and Jesus Zavala.
  • The
    goal for Nat Borchers was long overdue, as the RSL center back had
    had seemingly valid goals called back twice already in 2011. Borchers
    ended a lengthy scoring drought with goals in back-to-back MLS matches
    last Sept. 25 (v. COL) and Oct. 2 (@ NE). The goal was RSL’s second
    straight in the competition tallied by a center back, following on the
    heels of Jamison Olave’s half-volley effort in a 1-2 Semifinal
    series-clinching defeat at Deportivo Saprissa on April 5.
  • The
    clutch finish by Morales was the Argentine playmaker’s fourth in 2010/11
    CCL play, which places him tied for ninth on the competition’s scoring
    chart. Teammate FW Álvaro Saborío remains tied for second on the
    CCL scoring list with eight tallies (even with Cruz Azul’s Emanuel Villa).

 

MONTERREY 
2  :  2  REAL SALT LAKE

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL – LEG ONE

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011

ESTADIO TECNOLÓGICO – MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN,
MÉXICO

 

Goals by
Period                   
1         
2          F

Monterrey                              
1          1         
2

Real Salt
Lake                       
1         
1          2

 

Scoring Summary:

MTY – Aldo De Nigris (unassisted) 17

RSL – Nat Borchers (Will Johnson) 35

MTY – Humberto Suazo (penalty kick) 63

RSL – Javier Morales (Arturo Alvarez) 89

 

Misconduct Summary:

MTY – Aldo De Nigris (caution) 17

RSL – Kyle Beckerman (caution) 64

MTY – Jesus Eduardo Zavala (caution) 72

RSL – Alvaro Saborio (caution) 72

RSL – Andy Williams (caution) 74

 

Monterrey (4-4-2): Jonathan Orozco; Sergio Perez, Hiram Ricardo Mier,
José María Basanta, Ricardo Osorio; Sergio Santana (Jesús Arellano 69), Walter
Ayovi, Luis Ernesto Perez (captain) (Jesús Eduardo Zavala 20), Neri Cardozo;
Aldo De Nigris (Osvaldo Martinez 21), Humberto Suazo

Head Coach: Victor Manuel Vucetich (MEX)

 

Real Salt Lake
(4-4-2):
Nick
Rimando; Robbie Russell (Tony Beltran 82), Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris
Wingert; Ned Grabavoy (Andy Williams 60), Kyle Beckerman (captain), Javier
Morales, Will Johnson; Álvaro Saborio (Arturo Alvarez 82), Fabian Espíndola

Head Coach: Jason Kreis (USA)

 

Statistics/Estadísticas                        
Monterrey         Real Salt
Lake

Goal Attempts/Tiros
Totales                        
20                         
13

Shots on Target/Tiros al
Arco                       
8                           
6

Saves/Atajadas                                             
3                           
4

Fouls/Faltas                                                  
12                         
16

Corner Kicks/Tiros de
Esquina                     
8                           
7

Offsides/Fuera de
Lugar                               
4                           
0

Throw in / Saques de
banda                        
23                         
25

 

Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)

Referee's Assistants: William Torres
(SLV), Juan Francisco Zumba (SLV)

4th Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)

Attendance: 31,000

 

RSL POST-GAME QUOTE SHEET

MONTERREY  2  :  2  REAL
SALT LAKE

 

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD
COACH JASON KREIS

On Javier Morales’
late-match equalizer:

“When the ball gets on
Javier’s foot I think we all take a collective breath and hold it for a moment
because we know that he’s capable of special plays. Big players make big plays
in the biggest games.”

On snatching the
second goal against the run of play:

“I tried to remind the
guys that, no matter the scoreline, [Monterrey] was going to continue to try
and score because that’s the nature of the beast – this is only the first game.
I thought we might be able to get something against the run of play, and that’s
where it came from. I’m pleased the guys continued to believe, but, to be
completely honest, I was alright with walking out of here 2-1 down.”

On the caution
issued to captain Kyle Beckerman:

“95% of me is all
smiles. 5% of me is very aggravated about the yellow card decision on Kyle
Beckerman. I just think it was a completely unjust decision that not only
affected tonight’s match, but the next one as well.”

On the chance to
win the competition at Rio Tinto Stadium in front of a sellout crowd next
Wednesday:

“This is the stuff that
dreams are made of, the opportunity to raise this kind of trophy and be the
best team in the region. It’s been a fair tournament, and if we can win or get
a 0-0 or 1-1 draw next week we can count ourselves as the best team in this
region. It would be simply fantastic and amazing to raise the trophy in front
of our home crowd.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
MIDFIELDER JAVIER MORALES

On his 89th
minute tally:

“Arturo [Alvarez] made a
good play on the outside to give me the ball. I touched it and that’s when the
defender came to me. I tried to cut and cross the ball and was happy because it
ended up as a goal.”

On gaining the
draw in tough conditions on the road:

“It’s very good, but it
means nothing because we have to go home and try to win [the second leg]. In
the first half I think we made a great showing, and both teams had their
chances. In the second half I think we lost the battle, but that’s normal –
it’s their home. We’ll see now what happens back in Salt Lake. I think it’s
going to be a different game.”

On whether that
was the biggest goal of his career:

“I hope not … but until
now it has been.”

 

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