Notes & Quotes - RSL 2 : 0 VAN

Locker room reaction from both sides following first-ever meeting

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Photo Credit: 
Melissa Majchrzak / Real Salt Lake

REAL SALT LAKE DROPS EXPANSION SIDE VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC WITH DOMINATING
2-0 WIN

M/F Jean
Alexandre Notches First Career MLS Goal & Assist;
 

FW Fabian
Espíndola Moves into 3rd Place All-Time Among RSL Scorers;

GK Nick Rimando
and RSL Defense Record 7th Shutout in 10 MLS Games

 

SANDY, Utah (Saturday, June 4, 2011)
Real Salt Lake (6-2-2, 20 points) kicked off its six-game June
with a dominating 2-0 win over expansion Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Rio
Tinto Stadium
Saturday night, scoring once in each half and outshooting the
visitors 24-6. The makeshift strike partnership of FW Fabian Espíndola
and Jean Alexandre each found the back of the net on either side of
halftime, giving head coach Jason Kreis’ team its first multiple-goal
output since April 9 in a 2-0 win at New England, a span of six games.

RSL GK Nick Rimando made four saves tonight for
his 80th career clean sheet – placing him 2nd all-time
behind Dallas GK Kevin Hartman (100) – and his 44th career shutout
in an RSL uniform, along with 46 wins. The vaunted RSL defense tallied its seventh
clean sheet in 10 games
on the 2011 campaign, and has allowed just four
goals in its first 10 games, the 2nd-lowest total in Major League
Soccer’s 16-season history (2010 Los Angeles Galaxy allowed just two goals
through its first 10 games).

Despite its league-leading 2.00 points-per-game average,
Real Salt Lake currently sits in fourth place in the MLS Western Conference
behind Los Angeles, Dallas and Seattle; however, RSL has played four fewer
games than FC Dallas (7-3-4, 25 points), five fewer than Sounders FC (5-4-6, 21
pts) and six fewer than the Galaxy (8-2-6, 30 pts).

 

Real Salt Lake Match Notes

  • Real Salt Lake FW Fabian Espíndola moved into
    sole possession of 3rd place in the RSL all-time goal-scoring
    list with his 18th career goal, jumping ahead of both his
    countryman Javier Morales and current head coach Jason Kreis.
    Former striker Robbie Findley – in attendance tonight at Rio Tinto
    Stadium – leads the way with 29 goals all-time, while Jeff Cunningham
    scored 19 goals during his season-and-a-half with the Claret-and-Cobalt.
  • The 32nd-minute goal by Haitian-American M/F
    Jean Alexandre was the first of his 26-game MLS career, with the
    last two weeks spent up top in an attacking position. Alexandre followed
    up what proved to be the game-winning goal with his first career assist,
    setting up Espíndola’s 79th minute effort to ice tonight’s 2-0
    win.
  • Three RSL players – FW Álvaro Saborío (Costa
    Rica), FW Arturo Alvarez (El Salvador) and MF Will Johnson
    missed tonight’s game due to national team duty for 2011 CONCACAF Gold
    Cup.
    GK Nick Rimando will remain with RSL during the Gold Cup
    despite being named to the United States team, yet can be called into
    action at any time. The 2011 Gold Cup runs from June 5-25 at various U.S.
    venues.
  • Young Armenian FW Artur Aghasyan made his MLS
    debut tonight, the cousin of former RSL FW Yura Movsisyan playing the
    final three minutes after signing with the club on May 27.
  • Real Salt Lake travels this week for a pair of games
    against Eastern Conference opponents, facing off against the Columbus
    Crew on Wednesday, June 8
    at 5:30 p.m. MT and then at East leader Philadelphia
    Union next Saturday, June 11
    , at 2:00 p.m. MT. Both games will be
    televised live on KMYU 2.2 air / Comcast 22 / Dish 12, and can be
    heard live on ESPN700 Sports Radio and ESPN Deportes 1600.
  • Tickets for the next home Real Salt Lake contest
    against D.C. United on Saturday, June 18 remain available
    and can be purchased online at www.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. Chart-topping musical act OneRepublic
    will perform a post-game concert following the D.C. United match.

 

POST-GAME QUOTE SHEET

REAL SALT LAKE  2 : 0  VANCOUVER
WHITECAPS FC

SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011

 

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD
COACH JASON KREIS

On the result:

“Tonight was a step in
the right direction.  The guys played with a competitive spirit from
minute one to minute ninety.  They did a lot of really positive things in
my book. Still room for improvement, still a couple of steps forward to
make.”

On the play of
forward Jean Alexandre:

“He’s still learning a
little bit about the proper runs to be making to try and get in behind a little
more often.  He was more responsible with possession when it was played to
him tonight.  The number of balls he kept for our team and connected
passes was much higher. He also made a couple of good runs, and, of course, the
goal that unlocked things for us was special; it was a little bit of an
individual effort.” 

On striker Fabian
Espíndola’s goal:

“It was very gratifying
to see (Espíndola get the goal).  In the last two games, the ground that
he has covered and the balls that he has chased down … he’s taking a few more
risks than typical. I think he’s doing that because he knows that someone has
to make a difference for us right now and he is trying to be that guy that will
do it.” 

On where RSL can
improve:

“I think there is room
for improvement in all aspects of our game.  I think it would be unfair to
pick one thing out over any other.  The focus has to be that we know that
we have to work that hard if we want to win games.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
MID/FWD JEAN ALEXANDRE

On scoring his
first MLS goal:

“I have to give credit
to the pass (by Kyle Beckerman).  It was a world-class pass.  It took
me a little by surprise and took the defense by surprise. I’ve dreamed about it
and I always thought it would be a scrappy goal that hit me off the head and
went in, but it was a decent goal.”

On getting the
opportunity to play forward:

"I have to thank the
coaching staff for helping me. I have to continue to make better runs and run
more.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
FORWARD FABIAN ESPĺNDOLA

On hitting the
back of the net:

“I’m a forward.  I
put everything I have in.  It’s good when you score, it helps the team. I
only have two goals in the league this year, so I’m okay just for now.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE MIDFIELDER
KYLE BECKERMAN

On getting back to
winning at home:

“It’s important. 
We’ve worked really hard for a couple years to get that winning mentality
here.  It’s been a while since we’ve gone through a rough patch and had
all of these injuries – and Gold Cup (absences) – so tonight was big just to
get back in the winning column.”

 

VANCOUVER
WHITECAPS FC HEAD COACH TOM SOEHN

On his team's
performance:

"Today it just
wasn't good enough in so many aspects of the game, especially when you look at
the amount of 50-50 balls we lost. This league, especially on the road, it's
a difficult league, and when you have four or five (players) competing
it's not enough. It takes 11 guys."

On Vancouver’s
strategy going into match:

"We worked so well
organizing our pressure and making sure we were compact against Chivas USA and
I felt like we let that all slip in this game, especially from the start."

On the play of goalkeeper
Joe Cannon...

"He had too much to
do tonight, and that's something we have to fix."

On Whitecaps FC’s
first trip to Rio Tinto Stadium:

"They have a great
record at home and we knew that coming in, so we didn't expect it to be easy.
When I look at the things we tried to accomplish we failed at a lot of them,
and to get results on the road you need to accomplish them."

 

VANCOUVER
WHITECAPS FC MIDFIELDER MICHAEL NANCHOFF

On making his
Whitecaps FC debut:

"I would say it was
pretty emotionally draining, but it was a blast though. There's nothing like
getting back out there, especially playing with these boys. The result was
unfortunate. We knew coming in here it's a tough place to play against a good
opponent, but we're a no excuses kind of team."

On coach Tom
Soehn’s instructions before being subbed into the game:
 

"He kept it really
simple and I thought it was real good. He said, 'Get on the ball and create,
try to find the ball and try to penetrate,' and that was about it. It was
fun."

 

VANCOUVER
WHITECAPS FC FORWARD OMAR SALGADO

On the match:

"We just didn't
have the ball at all; they completely controlled the first and second halves.
It was very difficult for us … it's a tough place to play at, and they have
great defenders. They are a great team overall and they were a great team that
outplayed us."

On getting some
much-needed downtime before facing Seattle:
 

"I think it's
important for us to clear our heads and look ahead to Seattle and hopefully we
can get that rivalry on."

 

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