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MLS Real Salt Lake – Houston Dynamo 3-1

Real Salt Lake striker Alvaro Saborio scored 2 goals and RSL beat Houston Dynamo 3-1. PHOTO by Rick Osentoski / isiphotos.com

Real Salt Lake striker Alvaro Saborio scored 2 goals and RSL beat Houston Dynamo 3-1. PHOTO by Rick Osentoski / isiphotos.com

Álvaro Saborío Brace and Robbie Findley Tally Help Champs Snap Eight-game Winless Streak against Houston;

Three Points Draws RSL Even with Dynamo for Second Place in Western Conference Standings

 

REAL SALT LAKE ROLLS PAST DYNAMO 3-1  FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN

SANDY, Utah (Thursday, May 13, 2010)Real Salt Lake’s winning ways at Rio Tinto Stadium continued Thursday night, when the defending MLS Cup champs collected their third straight victory, this time via a 3-1 triumph over the Houston Dynamo in front of 12,945 fans in Sandy. Real Salt Lake (4-3-1, 13 pts.) jumped on the Dynamo (4-4-1, 13 pts.) early, as FW Robbie Findley scored just three minutes in, followed by tallies from FW Álvaro Saborío on either side of the halftime break (24’, 60’) that helped RSL snap an eight-game winless streak against its Western Conference nemesis, its last victory over Houston coming back in August of 2007.  Real Salt Lake’s three wins on the trot represent its longest winning streak since July/August of 2006, when the Claret-and-Cobalt rattled off a club-record four consecutive victories.

The win for Real Salt Lake pulled it even with the Dynamo for second place in the Western standings on 13 points, with both teams looking to keep pace with the front-running L.A. Galaxy. Real Salt Lake will see its reserves in action this Saturday, May 15 at Rio Tinto Stadium when they play host to the Mexican Under-21 Men’s National Team, while the squad will return to League play next Saturday, May 22, with its lone road contest of May set to take place against Chivas USA (3-4-1, 10 pts.) at The Home Depot Center (8:30 p.m. MT kickoff, live on KUSG 2.2). 

Click here to view highlights from tonight’s RSL v. HOU match

REAL SALT LAKE (4-3-1, 13 pts.) v. HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-1, 13 pts.) 3-1

DATE: May 13, 2010 — Rio Tinto Stadium

Goals by Period        1          2          Tot

Houston Dynamo        0          1          1

Real Salt Lake                        2          1          3

Scoring:

1-0       RSL — Robbie Findley 1 (Kyle Beckerman 2) 3

2-0      RSL — Álvaro Saborío 3 (Javier Morales 3) 24

3-0      RSL — Álvaro Saborío 4 (Javier Morales 4) 60

3-1       HOU — Brian Mullan 2 (Brad Davis 4) 72

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2) — Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Andy Williams (Jean Alexandre 69), Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Will Johnson, Alvaro Saborio (Pablo Campos 79), Robbie Findley (Collen Warner 88). 

Houston Dynamo (4-5-1) — Pat Onstad, Craig Waibel (Brian Ching 62), Bobby Boswell, Adrian Serioux, Mike Chabala, Brian Mullan, Richard Mulrooney, Brad Davis, Lovel Palmer (Danny Cruz 46), Corey Ashe (Andrew Hainault 68), Dominic Oduro.

Discipline Summary: 

RSL — Nat Borchers (caution; Tactical Foul) 26

HOU — Mike Chabala (caution; Tactical Foul) 33

HOU — Bobby Boswell (caution; Tactical Foul) 77

Referee: Alex Prus

Referee’s Assistants: Peter Balciunas; Jeff Hosking

4th Official: Paul Ward

Attendance: 12,945

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Cloudy-and-58-degrees

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER QUOTE SHEET THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

RIO TINTO STADIUM – SANDY, UTAH

REAL SALT LAKE  3  :  1  HOUSTON DYNAMO

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS

Thoughts on the match:

“No ejections, no penalty kicks – I guess we could say the glass is half full on that side. It got a little hectic there at the end to give away the goal the way that we did. It felt a little bit too ragged, the way we finished the match.

“But overall, I was very pleased. Really, really pleased with the beginning of it. When we came out, the mentality, the spirit, everything was fantastic. Only had the one small black mark, but we’ll try to look past that and feel good about it.”

On ending the winless streak against Houston:

“This one, as Javier [Morales] said during the week, this one was special for us. The guys showed that it meant a lot to them. The way they started the match, the way they played for the majority of it. I think you could see the emotions in their faces in the locker room. You know how happy they were to finally beat what has been a little bit of a nemesis the last eight games now.”

On the goal-scoring instincts of FW Alvaro Saborío:

“Really, really good. He’s sort of the prototypical goal scorer. He finds himself in some great positions in front of the goal. We’ve seen now in the past several weeks that he’s had a lot of excellent opportunities and he should probably have a couple more goals. We will look for continued form from him.”

REAL SALT LAKE CAPTAIN KYLE BECKERMAN

On finally getting a win against Houston:

“It was a big step for us to get towards where we want to be, and that’s an elite team in this league. If we’re going to do that we’ve got to beat everyone, and that includes Houston. We wanted to jump on them and show that we were ready to play right away.”

On if Real Salt Lake is progressing towards being among the League’s elite:

“Absolutely. You’ve got to beat everybody, and you’ve got to win three in a row. And you can’t have missteps when you shouldn’t so it was great to get a win, especially before we go on the road.”

REAL SALT LAKE FORWARD ROBBIE FINDLEY

On scoring his first goal of the season:

“Of course it’s a relief, a burden off of my shoulders. I was getting opportunities before and I was able to put one of them away tonight – and I should have had a couple of more.”

On playing with confidence heading into the USA’s World Cup training camp:

“I want to go into there with confidence and be able to perform to the best of my abilities, so it was good to get that goal tonight. Forwards can get in slumps and miss some opportunities, but you’ve just got to correct them when you get them again.”

REAL SALT LAKE FORWARD ÁLVARO SABORÍO

On getting the win against the Dynamo:

“I’m very happy for the win. It was the first time that we have won against them [since 2007], so it’s very important – and it’s important to win three in a row.”

On his comfort level thus far in his tenure at Real Salt Lake:

“I feel good and have to keep going. My teammates give me a lot of confidence, and I need to give it right back.”

HOUSTON DYNAMO HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR

On his lineup for the match and getting consistency:

“Every team goes through it. You make changes for one reason or another whether it’s injuries or suspensions or call-ups or because we lack form. We have a locker room full of guys that have been around for a long time so you can’t say that it’s inconsistency because of this or because of that. It helps to have your full squad available, which is the tough part, and that’s the thing you have to have. But I don’t think you can say we have inconsistency because we have not had a full lineup.”

On importance of getting FW Brian Ching in the game to get him ready for USMNT camp:

“The U.S. team isn’t involved in this locker room. We put him in to try and help us win the game and I think he had a good impact for us. I know it’s a big story but it’s not my team. Brian’s involvement tonight had nothing to do with the U.S. team, it had to do with the fact that we couldn’t play him 90 minutes. He said he felt good and we felt that at that time in the game he could do well for us, and he did.”

 

On whether it was difficult to get a rhythm going:

“No, I just think it happens. It’s soccer around the world, I think. Sometimes the visiting team can be on top and they can bring men back. And I think them getting off to the really early lead … sometimes teams try to protect the lead and they are able to have players behind the ball. When they have men behind the ball, sometimes you have to move the ball and move the ball quicker. But, they’re a good team. They have strengths in all lines, strong up front and in the back. I felt that the first goal was going to tell a lot of the story tonight. I don’t think it was the end of it because even at 3-1 we still created some chances and you never know.”

On bouncing back from the loss:

“We need to put it behind us. We can always go back on poke at things at what we are doing wrong. The weeks travel fast. Let’s get home, let’s get rested. It’s been a tough 14 days and we will watch D.C. play and then get ready for them the following Saturday.”

 

HOUSTON DYNAMO FORWARD BRIAN CHING

On his return to the pitch:

“I felt good. Not good considering the circumstances, but I felt great. We had a couple of good runs and I didn’t feel anything physically wrong. My lungs were actually better than I thought they would be and I felt ready.”

On importance of getting back on the field before training with USMNT begins:

“Nothing can prepare you for playing in games. Would I have liked to play in a couple of more games before I go into camp? Yes. But, I felt good out there. I am probably going to have to work on my fitness over the next couple of weeks to get where I want to be and hopefully get a little bit more sharp.”

On whether or not he was concerned he would reinjure his hamstring due to cold weather

“No. I just warmed up for a little while and I was ready to go in.”

HOUSTON DYNAMO MIDFIELDER BRIAN MULLAN 

On his tally in the second half:

“I don’t remember much about it. It was a good buildup play. Brad [Davis] played a great ball in and he got it back to my right foot/ Robbie [Russell] fell down and it was a pretty easy goal.”

On being down 3-0 and creating chances in second half:

“That’s what happens when you’re down three goals. The other team sits in a defensive shell. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t capitalize on more of our chances but they were all in the second half.”

On Western Conference Standings and things tightening up and whether they feel pressure:

“Well, we have been a bit injury-plagued and hopefully when we get all our guys back we will start things going again. We normally never start well; it’s still early in the season and we just need to get a different mindset.”

On the return of Brian Ching and his impact:

“It’s definitely different. Brian does a great job of holding the ball up for us. It makes it easier for us to relieve the pressure and we feed off of it. It’s a whole different game when he’s in there. We don’t have another big guy healthy right now and [Brian] is a big part of our game.”

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