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MLS Real Salt Lake – LA Galaxy 1-0

  

Javier Morales scored game winner and Real Salt Lake was the first team this season that beat Galaxy. PHOTO Julie Harper / isiphotos.com

Javier Morales scored game winner and Real Salt Lake was the first team this season that beat Galaxy. PHOTO Julie Harper / isiphotos.com

Late tally by MF Javier Morales pushes RSL’s undefeated streak to seven games, dooms Galaxy to first defeat in 2010. RSL closes gap on Galaxy to 9 points with a game in hand heading into league’s World Cup Group stage break 

SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, June 9, 2010)Real Salt Lake saw its patience pay off tonight against the Los Angeles Galaxy, as MF Javier Morales’ 80th minute tally would be good enough to give the Utah side a 1-0 win in a battle of Major League Soccer’s hottest sides and the Western Conference’s top two clubs. The victory resulted not only in the first defeat of the 2010 campaign for the Galaxy (10-1-2, 32 pts.), but also allowed Real Salt Lake (7-3-2, 23 pts.) to continue a pair of club-record streaks of its own, its home undefeated run now stretching to 16 games in MLS play (and 19 games overall counting MLS Cup Playoff and international friendly contests) and its overall unbeaten streak in League play improving to seven matches (6-0-1).

The contest between MLS’ two highest-scoring teams got off to slow start, but through no fault of either side, as a lightning delay in the 13th minute caused a 37-minute stoppage in play. After the brief hiatus, the match saw Real Salt Lake hold the vast majority of possession and the Galaxy seemingly content to push forward in numbers on the counter, resulting in few quality chances throughout the first hour of play.

Both sides would start to push more for the difference-maker in the final half hour, but it was a broken play that would result in the Morales goal 10 minutes from time. With Real Salt Lake FW Pablo Campos carrying the ball at the edge of the area, back-tracking Galaxy DF Michael Stephens knocked the ball behind his backline and directly to Morales, who calmly finished past Galaxy GK Donovan Ricketts from 12 yards out to put the home side up 1-0 and send the near sellout crowd of 19,513 into a frenzy. The defending champs held on from there, with GK Nick Rimando making a key save on Galaxy MF Juninho’s shot from distance in stoppage time to secure the crucial three points for the home side.

Real Salt Lake will now join the rest of Major League Soccer in a two-week break from League action while the Group Stage of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa gets underway. However, it won’t be all rest and relaxation before RSL gets back to MLS action on Saturday, June 25 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Rio Tinto Stadium, as the Claret-and-Cobalt will welcome Costa Rican side Puntarenas F.C. to Sandy next Saturday, June 19, for an international friendly and CONCACAF Champions League warm-up.

Click here to view the match highlights on MLSsoccer.com

Real Salt Lake Notes

  • Morales’ fourth goal of the season marked the first goal allowed on the road this season by the Galaxy, breaking its away shutout streak at 530 minutes. It was also his 12 tally in an RSL uniform, tying him with MF Andy Williams for 6th place on RSL’s career scoring chart.
  • The shutout for Rimando was the 64th of his MLS career, putting him all along in 4th place in League annals in the category, breaking the tie he had with Houston’s Pat Onstad.
  • This evening saw the return of DF Chris Wingert, who played the final half hour in place of Tony Beltran. Wingert had suffered a hamstring strain on May 29 vs. Kansas City, forcing him to miss last week’s pair of contests at D.C. United.

 

REAL SALT LAKE (7-3-2, 23 pts.) v. LOS ANGELES GALAXY (10-1-2, 32 pts.)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010 – RIO TINTO STADIUM

Goals by Period                    1          2          F

Real Salt Lake                        0          1          1

Los Angeles Galaxy                0          0          0

Scoring Summary:

RSL – Javier Morales 4 (unassisted) 80 

Misconduct Summary:

LA — Juninho (caution; Tactical Foul) 20
RSL — Andy Williams (caution; Tactical Foul) 63
RSL — Javier Morales (caution; Shirt Removal) 81
LA — Omar Gonzalez (caution; Tactical Foul) 85
Los Angeles Galaxy (4-4-2) — Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, Todd Dunivant, Michael Stephens, Chris Birchall, Juninho, Alex Cazumba (Eddie Lewis 78), Jovan Kirovski (Clint Mathis 63), Tristan Bowen (Alan Gordon 72).

Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Jordan, Chris Klein, A.J. DeLaGarza, Josh Saunders.

Statistics: SHOTS: 7 (Juninho 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 players with 1); SAVES: 2 (Ricketts 2); FOULS: 12 (3 players with 2); CORNERS: 4 (Mathis 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Dunivant, Kirovski 1)

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2) — Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran (Chris Wingert 60), Andy Williams (Collen Warner 78), Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales, Will Johnson, Alvaro Saborío, Fabian Espíndola (Pablo Campos 64).

Substitutes Not Used: Rauwshan McKenzie, Jean Alexandre, Luis Gil, Kyle Reynish.

Statistics: SHOTS: 9 (3 players with 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 players with 1); SAVES: 3 (Rimando 3); FOULS: 11 (Saborío 4); CORNERS: 10 (Morales 9); OFFSIDES: 1 (Saborío 1)

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson; Eric Proctor
4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Time of Game: 2:29
Weather: Cloudy-and-78-degrees

Attendance: 19,513

 QUOTE SHEET

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS

On the goal:

“We keep telling our guys that good things happen when we defend well. We’re in their attacking third and things break down a little bit. I am not sure if it was Pablo (Campos) or Alvaro (Saborío) who got their foot to that ball, but they made a block on their defender, it hits off another defender and goes straight to Javier (Morales). Good things happen when we are alert defensively. The play got broken for Pablo or Alvaro, so to get their foot in there is a good thing.”

On the Galaxy’s play:

“I just think they’re a really mature, composed, compact, and organized team defensively. They make things extremely difficult to break down. As I saw tonight, it was extremely difficult to get that goal. Interesting that it comes off a bit of a misplay.”

On the non-offside call on the goal:

“What I saw, our player struck the ball off their defender and it goes straight to Javier. The ball has come from their player to our player, who is an offside position, but he can’t be ruled offside if it comes from their defender.”

On RSL’s mood at halftime:

“It was good. It’s one of those times when you just say, ‘Congratulations, it’s a fantastic half of soccer. I’m so proud and it’s just fun to watch.’ As a spectator, that’s how you begin to feel at times because things are going so well. You need to remind the players to be alert because it really still felt like LA was going to be dangerous on a counterattacking opportunity, so I just wanted the guys to be alert and keep going. I thought things would turn our way and they ended up doing that.”

On earning three points going into the break in MLS play:

“We end up on a really positive note. I am really pleased with where we are right now. We can take a little bit of a breather now and relax and enjoy some time off.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE DEFENDER NAT BORCHERS

On RSL’s defensive performance:

“We just wanted to be patient tonight because we knew it was going to take something special to break them down and get a goal.”

On gaining the full three points:

“It’s really special because they’re undefeated and they were playing with a lot of confidence.”

REAL SALT LAKE MIDFIELDER JAVIER MORALES

On his game-winning goal:

“I was thinking I was offside, but it looked like the last person to touch it was on Los Angeles and that’s why I pursued it and got the goal.”

On the atmosphere at Rio Tinto Stadium:

“Unbelievable.  I don’t know how many fans there were, but it was unbelievable!”

REAL SALT LAKE MIDFIELDER NED GRABAVOY

On the result vs. Los Angeles:

“We were fortunate enough to get a goal.  We knew it was going to be a one-goal game, we just didn’t want to give it up.”

On Javier Morales’ tally:

“When he put it away everyone looked at the linesman and he didn’t show at all that he was going to put his flag up.  We were all super excited and knew there were only 10 minutes left so we could just try to keep the ball.”

LOS ANGELES GALAXY HEAD COACH BRUCE ARENA

On the Javier Morales goal:

“It wasn’t a pass. There wasn’t a pass on the whole play. Who passed the ball on that play? It was originally a deflection off of a Salt Lake player and a Galaxy player, then it deflected off of Gonzalez and Morales was standing there. It would be hard for me to believe … it was a missed play. Let’s be fair. Over the season you’re going to get some in your favor and some are going to go against you.”

On whether the altitude factor played a role in the match:

“We realize that the last 15 minutes of each half, due to the elevation, it becomes a little bit of a factor. And the home team is a little more acclimated to the altitude. At the end of each half we were a little bit tired. It impacted us and that’s that.”

On the Galaxy’s effort:

“I think it was a good effort. I think it was a game that could have gone either way. It probably should have been a draw at the end of the day. The delay with the lightning made for an awkward night. We started the game about three hours ago. It was a long night.”

LOS ANGELES GALAXY DEFENDER OMAR GONZALEZ

On the match:

“It’s just tough to play here in Salt Lake. They haven’t lost in 16 games. We were just trying to sit back a little bit and plan out our chances. I thought it was a pretty good game. They scored a goal, but it happens.”

On the difference between tonight and LA’s win over RSL back in April:

“I think that they just had more intensity this time than last time. That’s about it.”

LOS ANGELES GALAXY MIDFIELDER JUNINHO

On the match:

“It was a tough game. I was hoping to come out with a victory, and we wanted the victory from the first minute. Unfortunately we couldn’t because there was a mistake on the referee.”

On the strengthening of his game:

“Yes, Bruce has asked me to be more aggressive. And so I have been more aggressive and that will help us to come away with more results and victories.”

LOS ANGELES GALAXY MIDFIELDER CLINT MATHIS

On his comfort with changing styles of play from RSL to L.A.:

“I think we still play in that wide open style sometimes. It just depends on what situation presents itself with how teams are playing and how players are playing. It is a bit different style [with L.A.], but it’s working for us so far with the record that we have.”

On returning to Rio Tinto Stadium:

“For sure I like coming back. It’s good to see all the people you know. It’s good to see the guys on the team. Some of the fans I know and some of the people that work at the stadium I know so I enjoyed seeing everybody and seeing the stadium and had a good time.”

 

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