Real Salt Lake (7-3-3, 24 pts.) and the San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-3, 18 pts.) would bring Major League Soccer back from its World Cup break this evening, but the goals would stay on hiatus as the Western Conference rivals settled for a share of the spoils from a 0-0 draw in front of 16,216 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL netminder Nick Rimando showed no signs of rustiness, making eight saves on the evening, including a pair of impressive stops in the final 10 minutes to keep the scoreboard motionless and earn the Utah side another point-bearing result in front of its home crowd.
Real Salt Lake Notes
- With tonight’s draw, Real Salt Lake pushed its club-record undefeated streak in League play to eight games (6-0-2).
- The point also bettered RSL’s club-record home unbeaten streak in MLS action to 17 games (11-0-6), which is now tied for the third-longest such run in League history:
TEAM # START STOP
Columbus Crew 22 06/28/2008 09/26/2009
San Jose Earthquakes 18 09/25/2004 10/08/2005
Real Salt Lake 17 06/06/2009 current
Houston Dynamo 17 06/26/2008 06/20/2009
Los Angeles Galaxy 17 07/04/2004 07/16/2005
- The shutout for Rimando marked his third consecutive clean sheet and was the 65th of his MLS career (4th all-time).
- Rimando’s current 318-minute shutout streak is the second-longest in club annals (he also leads with a 355-minute streak from June 28–July 28, 2008) and the fourth longest in Major League Soccer this season.
- Real Salt Lake will be under the “Friday night lights” at Rio Tinto Stadium once again next week, when the New England Revolution will serve as the opposition for RSL’s traditional Independence Day weekend contest on Friday, July 2. The 8:00 p.m. MT kickoff in Sandy will be followed by the annual post-game fireworks extravaganza.