Wednesday, June 18, 2008

RSL -vs- SJ: Match quotes and pics

GOAL!!! Wait a minute - Nevermind.
(more pics to come later)


Both Real Salt Lake and Earthquakes unable to score -> USA Today

San Jose at RSL player grades -> DesNews Blog/Dan Rasmussen

Taking the Field -> Behind the Shield

Game Recap and Post-game Quotes

(courtesy of RSL Communications)

SALT LAKE CITY (Wednesday, June 18, 2008) – Real Salt Lake saw almost everything go its way tonight against the San Jose Earthquakes – with the exception of the scoreline – as the two Western Conference sides dueled to a 0-0 draw at Rice-Eccles Stadium. After gaining a man advantage at the end of the first half with the ejection of Earthquakes DF Jason Hernandez, Real Salt Lake would eventually end up outshooting the visitors 24-7, but San Jose GK Joe Cannon stopped all four shots he faced, and what appeared to be a game-winner for Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman midway through the second half was disallowed after the play was ruled offside following a meeting of the referee and his assistant.

RSL GK Nick Rimando had much less work to do in collecting his third consecutive clean sheet, pushing his active streak without allowing a goal to 276 minutes, good for second best in MLS this season (Hartman - KC, 286). Despite the disappointing result, Real Salt Lake did continue its climb up the Western Conference standings by tying third-place FC Dallas on 16 points, with both teams holding identical 4-5-4 records. The point for San Jose (3-7-2, 11 pts.) kept the Earthquakes at the foot of the conference, but also brought the Bay Area side to within a win of sixth-place Chivas USA.

For the full recap of tonight’s contest, please click on the link below:

San Jose Earthquakes (3-7-2) vs. Real Salt Lake (4-5-4) June 18, 2008 -- Rice-Eccles Stadium

Scoring Summary:

San Jose Earthquakes -- Joe Cannon, James Riley, Kelly Gray, Jason Hernandez, Eric Denton, Ronnie O'Brien, Ramiro Corrales, Ned Grabavoy, Ivan Guerrero (Ryan Cochrane 51), Ryan Johnson, John Cunliffe (Adam Smarte 61).

Substitutes Not Used: Dan Benton, Jamil Roberts, Shea Salinas, Joe Vide

Real Salt Lake -- Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Chris Wingert, Matias Cordoba (Kenny Cutler 67), Dema Kovalenko, Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Findley, Kenny Deuchar (Tino Nunez 57).

Substitutes Not Used: Ian Joy, Matias Mantilla, Alex Nimo, Kyle Reynish, Brennan Tennelle

Misconduct Summary: SJ -- Jason Hernandez (caution; Reckless Foul) 25SJ -- Jason Hernandez (ejection; Second Caution) 44SJ -- Ned Grabavoy (caution; Reckless Foul) 78SJ -- Kelly Gray (caution; Reckless Foul) 81RSL -- Nick Rimando (caution; Reckless Foul) 83

referee: Jasen AnnoReferee's Assistants: Fabio Tovar; Chris Strickland4th official: Ricardo Salazartime of game: 1:52attendance: 10,333weather: Sunny -and- 87 degrees

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial


On the second half goal that was ruled offside:

“How was it decided to be offside? Because the linesmen clearly ran back thinking that it was onside, so something appears a little odd.”

On RSL’s inability to finish shots and San Jose playing a man down:

“We’ll have to feel very disappointed that the final touch wasn’t there to get us all three points. I think that this is the first time all season that we have been a man up, and so for this team I think it’s another area where we have to go back and look and see how we dealt with it. I would say it probably wasn’t good enough, and it’s another experience we’re going to have to learn from.

“Our players have to have a little bit more of an aggressive mentality when you are playing against a team that is a man down. You have to know that they are going to sit in a bunker, and in order for you to move those players around you’ve got to dribble at them. You’ve got to be aggressive and cause defenders to make decisions on whom to play.”

On RSL’s defense:

“I thought the defensive performance was fantastic. If you just look at when we were even, (that) would be a fair assessment of our defense. We really, really limited their number of chances again tonight.”


On the goal that was called back:

“I saw it coming and maybe it was going in, I’m not sure, but I wasn’t going to chance it if it hit the post, and really I thought I was onside. I thought I had the header and then I went. We’ll have to check it.”

On moving on from this game:

“I think we’re going to match up a little better with New England because they like to play soccer. When teams like San Jose come here, they just sit in and play a lot of kick ball, try and get a draw, or wait to see if we make mistakes. This weekend we’ll be up for it, it’s New England. It will be a tough game, but we’ll definitely be up for it.”


On the result:

“I think we are disappointed, I think we should be disappointed, because in all fairness we were the better team tonight. We were the only team that was out on the field tonight. We had chances to score, they didn’t have anything, and they were a man down. So we had everything in our favor, I think it’s really disappointing that we don’t win that game.”

On what kept RSL from gaining the full three points:

“I think we could’ve done a little bit better with our possession and we could’ve done a little bit better spreading out on the field. I think we lost the ball far too many times. At the same time, I think our guys really did work hard to win the ball back, and we put in a really good effort. It’s just one of those nights, unfortunately.”


On getting the point:

“It is good, but what it really does is not let Real Salt Lake get three points. Our division is as tight as anything, so on road games you don’t want to lose, a tie is fine. In home games in our division you want to get a win, so Real Salt Lake is probably disappointed, but it evens itself out. They just got a good result at Chivas and a tie here, so they are still unbeaten in two matches.”

On the play of MF Ronnie O’Brien:

“He was our man of the match. He was really good on both sides of the ball. Ronnie is back to his best and we are excited to have him. He is doing really well.”


On playing at RSL for the first time this season:

“You need to do what you need to do. To be honest, I haven’t had to play here before because of the turf. I am just happy to come off it very healthy.”

On allowing goals:

“It has been a problem all year. If we don’t fight and scrap with teams, we don’t get anything. If you watch a lot of our games, we are actually a good footballing side, but we have to find the way to play. Like LA last week, we were second to every ball and we didn’t get stuck in and we got walked all over. Columbus the week before and tonight, we were pretty physical. We get in and do what we have to do to get on the ball, and if we had more than 10 men tonight hopefully we would have played better football.”


On the result:

“We came out with the right attitude. We were unfortunate to go down a man, but we showed what type of team we can be. To come here and get a gritty point is definitely good for us.”

On Ronnie O’Brien:

“He is a veteran, a leader, and an offense threat, so anytime we can get him on the field it is great for us. The last few times here he has been injured, and we are just lucky that he is healthy now. In the last two weeks he has led us out there on the field.”


On how going a man down affected the game:

“When we go a man down I think the focus almost becomes completely on not giving up a goal, when before you are trying to get the ball up the field and trying to stretch. In this game we really didn’t give up too many chances, and of course had couple good saves by the goalkeeper.”


On the disallowed goal:

“The decision was not overturned, but when the ball was put into the goal the assistant referee did not think that Kyle Beckerman touched the ball. The center (referee) came over to discuss the play. (The) assistant referee asked if Kyle Beckerman touched the ball, as he was in an offside position. The referee confirmed that Beckerman did touch the ball, so the decision was made to disallow the goal and award the offside infraction.”