RSL Notes & Quotes v. HOU

Details from scoreless stalemate against the Dynamo

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Melissa Majchrzak / Real Salt Lake

REAL SALT LAKE STRETCHES MLS HOME
UNDEFEATED STREAK TO 29 GAMES VIA 0-0 DRAW WITH HOUSTON

Both Sides
Struggle to Put Chances on Frame during Rugged Stalemate in Sandy;

RSL’s Defensive
Dominance Continues with Fifth Shutout in Seven League Contests in 2011

 

SANDY, Utah (Saturday, May 14, 2011)
– Real Salt Lake saw both its superb defensive effort and offensive
struggles continue tonight against the Houston Dynamo, as the two teams
gained a share of the spoils from a 0-0 draw in front of 16,301 at Rio Tinto
Stadium
.

With its first tie of the 2011 regular season, Real Salt
Lake (5-1-1, 16 pts.) failed to make up the gap on a surging FC Dallas side (17
pts.) and the front-running Los Angeles Galaxy (20 pts.) at the top of the in
the Western Conference standings, but RSL still holds at least three games in
hand on the duo heading into Week 10 play.

 

Real
Salt Lake Match Notes

  • Tonight’s draw allowed Real Salt Lake to stretch its MLS
    record home-unbeaten streak in regular season play to 29 games (20-0-9)
    .
    On Monday, RSL will surpass the two-year anniversary of its last loss in
    regular season play, a 0-2 defeat to the then-Kansas City Wizards on May
    16, 2009
    .
  • After breaking his tie with Zach Thornton for second
    place on MLS’ all-time shutout list, RSL netminder Nick Rimando
    repeated the clean sheet feat tonight, claiming the 78th “zero”
    of his 12-year career. The fourth shutout of the season for Rimando brings
    him even with Will Hesmer (CLB), Faryd Mondragon (PHI) and Kevin
    Hartman
    (DAL) for the League lead in the category in 2011.
  • The shutout for Real Salt Lake was the team’s fifth
    in just seven contests in 2011
    and trimmed its MLS-best goals against
    average down to a miniscule 0.29 (2 GA in 630 minutes). This
    development should be nothing new to RSL followers, as the Utah side set
    the record for least goals allowed in a season in 2010 with just 20
    tallies relinquished in 30 games (0.67 GAA).
  • Tonight saw the 2011 first-team debut of MF Nelson
    González
    , who entered the match for MF Will Johnson in the 85th
    minute.
  • With regular strikers Fabian Espíndola (back
    spasms) and Paulo Jr. (hamstring strain) both nursing injuries, RSL
    Head Coach Jason Kreis was forced to utilize Jean Alexandre
    – normally a holding midfielder – up top after substituting striker Arturo
    Alvarez
    out in the 74th minute.
  • Real Salt Lake will break up its stretch of
    four-out-of-five games at home next Sunday, May 22, when the
    Claret-and-Cobalt will head to North Texas to take on FC Dallas
    (5-3-2, 17 pts.). Kickoff from Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas is
    set for 5:00 p.m. MT and can be seen live on KMYU 2.2 (Comcast
    22 / Dish Network 12)
    .

 

REAL SALT LAKE 
0  :  0  HOUSTON DYNAMO

SATURDAY, MAY 14,
2011

RIO TINTO STADIUM – SANDY, UTAH

 

Goals by
Period                   
1         
2          F

Real Salt
Lake                       
0         
0          0

Houston
Dynamo                   
0         
0          0

 

Scoring Summary:  

None

 

Misconduct
Summary:  

HOU – Will Bruin (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 25
RSL – Robbie Russell (caution; Reckless Tackle) 27

 

Houston Dynamo – Tally Hall; Hunter
Freeman, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe; Colin Clark (Je-Vaughn
Watson 67), Lovel Palmer, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis (captain); Cam Weaver
(Jason Garey 87), Will Bruin (Koke 69)

Substitutes Not Used: Tyler Deric (GK), Mike Chabala, Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine
Taylor

 

Real Salt Lake
-- Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert;
Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman (captain), Collen Warner (Andy Williams 60), Will
Johnson (Nelson González 85); Álvaro Saborío, Arturo Alvarez (Jean Alexandre
74)

Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish (GK), Tony
Beltran, Luis Gil, Chris Schuler

 

Referee:
Abiodun Okulaja

Referee's Assistants: Kermit
Quisenberry, Paul Scott

4th Official:
Mark Declouet 

Attendance: 16,301

Time of Game: 1:50

Weather:
Cloudy/windy-and-69-degrees

 

MLS POST-GAME QUOTE SHEET

REAL SALT LAKE  0  :  0 
HOUSTON DYNAMO

 

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD
COACH JASON KREIS

On the overall
performance from Real Salt Lake:

“Some good, some bad, a
little bit ‘ho-hum.’ Obviously when we don’t get three points at home we know
that we didn’t achieve our objective.”

On the learning
curve for Real Salt Lake with the absence of Javier Morales:

“We are going to have to
answer questions about who is going to be the integral figure in there to
create chances. Can other guys get a little more involved in the attacking
third? Some of that is just going to take time.”

On RSL’s defensive
performance:

“It was good. The back
four in particular made a lot of really important tackles for us tonight. I
don’t think that collectively we defended quite as well. Certainly in the
second half I saw quite a few of our players run out of gas.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
MIDFIELDER COLLEN WARNER

On the opportunity
to start the match:

It felt pretty good. I was really
excited to get the chance to play and I thought that it went pretty well.
Overall I thought we were a little off in the final third. A lot of our passes
went astray when we got to the crucial moments when you need a good pass.”

On what he thought
was the difference in play in the second half:

“The game opened up a
little bit (in the second half) for sure. We came out with the same energy and
I thought they were a little bit tired.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
DEFENDER NAT BORCHERS

On having close
opportunities to score:

“It’s frustrating
because I think that in a couple of those situations we are just so close. We
are chomping at the bit right now to get goals and I think they will come.
We’ve just got to keep fighting.”

On the importance
of getting a shutout when the attack is struggling:

“I think that it’s very
important that we hold it down. I thought we gave them too many chances though.
I like the games where Nick (Rimando) doesn’t have much to do. I think that he
had a little too much to do in the second half, so we need to clean a few
things up there.”

 

HOUSTON DYNAMO HEAD
COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR

On tonight’s
contest: 

“Both teams played
pretty well and both teams had chances. It was a pretty fair result at the end
of the day.”

On Houston’s
defensive effort:

“We’re very pleased to
get a shutout here. They’re a good team and it’s a tough place to play. The
team showed a lot of determination and I’m happy for the guys.”

On the Dynamo
attack on the evening: 

“We didn’t just sit back
and soak it up and let Tally (Hall) pull off wonderful saves. We played some
good stuff going forward.”

 

HOUSTON DYNAMO
MIDFIELDER GEOFF CAMERON

On Houston’s
struggle to finish tonight:

“You look back and we
had chances to put the ball in the back of the net. With a little more
composure and that final pass, we could of come out of here with three
(points).”

On any differences
between the first and second halves:

“The first half we held
them strong and fought hard. Then in the second half we turned it on, possessed
the ball and I thought we dominated most of the second half.”

On playing at Rio
Tinto Stadium:

“They’re a good team.
The ball flies a little bit here, so you’re not used to that with the altitude
and all that. They’ve had a pretty good [undefeated] streak here at home, but
we came in here in the frame of mind that we were going to come out of here
with a point or three, and we did that job tonight.”

 

HOUSTON DYNAMO FORWARD
WILL BRUIN

On the match:

“We tried to get a feel
for the game from the beginning, but we held our own and kept possession. It
could have gone our way. We just focused on it being about us and coming in
here and playing well.”

On the
disappointment of not finishing in front of goal:

“We’re pleased, but we
had our chances too. We thought we could have stole one or got one and came
away with three points, but we didn’t give away, didn’t make any mistakes or
give up stupid goals. So we’re happy with that, especially after two
losses.” 

 

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