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Real Salt Lake advanced IN LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP QUALIFYING

 
Real Salt Lake scripted it, but the Utah side ended up getting the job done tonight in its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup “MLS Play-in” round affair at Buck Shaw Stadium, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 5-3 in penalty kicks after a wild, back-and-forth 3-3 draw on the campus of Santa Clara University. PHOTO ISI Michael Pimentel

Real Salt Lake scripted it, but the Utah side ended up getting the job done tonight in its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup “MLS Play-in” round affair at Buck Shaw Stadium, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 5-3 in penalty kicks after a wild, back-and-forth 3-3 draw on the campus of Santa Clara University. PHOTO ISI Michael Pimentel

Utah Side Loses Two-goal Lead, Falls Behind in Added Time before Rallying for Late Equalizer and 5-3 Win in Penalties

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Wednesday, April 14, 2010) – It was far from how Real Salt Lake scripted it, but the Utah side ended up getting the job done tonight in its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup “MLS Play-in” round affair at Buck Shaw Stadium, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 5-3 in penalty kicks after a wild, back-and-forth 3-3 draw on the campus of Santa Clara University.

In a match that had a little bit of everything, Real Salt Lake would jump out to a lead just seven minutes in when FW Robbie Findley slotted home past ‘Quakes GK Jon Busch after the RSL striker alertly pounced on a poor pass in the San Jose defensive third. The visitors then appeared to seize complete control of the result at the hour mark, when MF Nelson Gonzalez’s 22-yard free kick tally gave the visitors a 2-0 cushion. But the Earthquakes wouldn’t give up that easily, pulling one back through DF Chris Leitch eight minutes later before FW Arturo Alvarez provided a dramatic equalizer with two minutes remaining in regulation to even things up at 2-2, sending the match into 30 minutes of added extra time.

San Jose rookie Justin Morrow would give the home side its first lead of the night in the 103rd minute, just sneaking a shot past RSL ‘keeper Kyle Reynish, but Real Salt Lake – much like in its draw with Seattle four nights ago in Sandy – would provide more late drama of its own, this time via DF Nat Borchers’ header off a cross from fellow defender Robbie Russell in the 118th minute, pushing the match to a 3-3 draw and, eventually, into kicks from the penalty spot.

Alvarez’s sparkling effort after the half wouldn’t matter in penalties, as the notorious thorn in RSL’s side missed the Earthquakes’ first attempt. Meanwhile, the visitors would bury all five of its spot kicks, and fittingly it was RSL’s famed “Open Cup hero” MF Andy Williams that finished off the proceedings with his conversion in the fifth round.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes overcame a 2-0 deficit late to score three unanswered goals against the defending MLS Cup Champions, but a late extra time goal from Nat Borchers and a 5-3 loss on penalties doomed the Quakes Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in a U.S. Open Cup Play-in game. 

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake 3-3 (0-1)

Attendance: 2,718

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup “MLS Play-in” Qualifier
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – Buck Shaw Stadium 

Scoring Summary:
0-1          RSL – Robbie Findley 1 (unassisted) 7
0-2          RSL – Nelson Gonzalez 1 (unassisted) 60
1-2          SJ – Chris Leitch 1 (unassisted) 68

2-2          SJ – Arturo Alvarez 1 (Ramiro Corrales 1) 88

3-2          SJ – Justin Morrow 1 (Arturo Alvarez 1) 103

3-3          RSL – Nat Borchers 1 (Robbie Russell 1) 118

Penalty Kicks:

RSL – Johnson (goal), Beckerman (goal), Findley (goal), Russell (goal), Williams (goal)

SJ – Alvarez (wide right), Gjertsen (goal), McDonald (goal), Sanchez (goal)

 

Misconduct Summary: 

RSL – Will Johnson (caution) 8

SJ – Steven Beitashour (caution) 51

RSL – Kyle Beckerman (caution) 89

SJ – Bobby Burling (caution) 109

 

Real Salt Lake Kyle Reynish, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Rauwshan McKenzie, Chris Wingert (Robbie Russell 31), Will Johnson, Collen Warner (Kyle Beckerman 69), Jean Alexandre, Nelson Gonzalez (Andy Williams 61), Robbie Findley, Alvaro Saborío (Fabian Espíndola 80).

Statistics: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 4; Fouls: 19; Offsides: 3; Corners: 6.

San Jose Earthquakes – Jon Busch, Chris Leitch, Bobby Burling, Brandon McDonald, Ramiro Corrales, Javier Robles (Arturo Alvarez 60), Ramon Sanchez, Chris Wondolowski (Eduardo 61) (Omar Jasseh 74), Justin Morrow, Cornell Glen (Steven Beitashour 13), Joey Gjertsen. 

 

Statistics: Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 16; Offsides: 1; Corners: 11.

Referee: Alejandro Mariscal

Senior Assistant: Said Ravenfar, Colin Arblaster

Fourth Official: Maurizio Laudani

QUOTES

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOP

 On losing in penalty kicks:

“I will give our guys credit for the second half, and actually tying it. It was the way we want to play. That was fantastic. I asked for a response at halftime and I sure got it. That, for me, was worth everything. Now we can move forward from this game and look forward to some good performances. To be honest, we should have won the game. To lose to penalty kicks is tough to take. I’m just happy with our response and our fight which were great.” 

On Omar Jasseh’s play:

“He is a good player, but he does a lot of young things in his game. He doesn’t know the game yet, but when he gets one-on-one with people he can beat them. I think he is going to be a good one. It might take him a little bit of time because he is 17-years-old. For him to come on and do what he did was fantastic. He’s not scared; he’s a very confident player. I thought it was a real good performance by him.”

On Justin Morrow’s play:

“I thought he played great too. It’s not easy when you don’t know the team and you don’t know the players. It was his professional debut and he scored, what I thought, was going to be the winning goal. Very pleased with him as well; there is a bright future for these guys.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER CHRIS LEITCH

On the game:

“I think for some reason, we came out flat (in the first half). We prepared well the last few days, so I don’t know why that was. We definitely showed a lot of heart fighting back and I thought we were the better team in the second half. We have to make sure we don’t start these games so slow.”

On his goal:

 “Rarely will you see me dribble past a couple of guys, cut inside and then curl one with my left peg back stick, but that still doesn’t make up for the mistake in the first half, but it helps minimize it a bit.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER JUSTIN MORROW

On goal:        

“I had an opportunity in the second half that I put wide and was thinking I didn’t want to miss another, so I made sure to force the keeper to make a save and luckily I tucked it under his arm.”

On first start:

“It’s a great feeling, especially in San Jose, the fans and atmosphere were great tonight. I was a bit disappointed in my fitness, I felt if I my fitness was a bit better I could have helped in overtime, but it was a great night.”

Real Salt Lake Quotes

  • RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis on the match: “It seems like these Open Cup games are crazy affairs for us, at least they have been the last couple of years. To be up two goals, and then go down 3-2, and then tie it up in the waning moments and win it in penalties, we have to look at this as a positive thing. I feel very good about the way our team reacted to what could have been a very disappointing situation.”

 

  • Kreis on players that stood out tonight: “I think Nat Borchers played a solid game tonight. He hustled throughout the entire match and I believe that those who play their hardest will get rewarded in the end. He really help uplift the team tonight and played a major role in our success this evening.”

 

  • Real Salt Lake defender Nat Borchers on his 118th minute equalizer: “I saw the scoreboard and read there was only about two minutes left into overtime and decided to take that risk of attacking. The ball popped out, Robbie Russell got a good cross over and luckily I was at the back post and headed it in. I thought it was a lucky header, but in the end that’s how the sport is played.”

 

  • Borchers on giving up a 2-0 lead: “It’s actually tough giving up a lead like that and then trailing in overtime. I believe that third goal they scored on us in overtime really woke us up and made us battle even harder for the tie. We realized they were playing too much in our own half of the field, and when we got the ball we decided to press them and fortunately we got that tying goal.”

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