REAL SALT LAKE SETTLES FOR 1-1 DRAW WITH CHIVAS USA
“Class of ‘05” Cohorts Trade Goals Four Minutes Apart Midway through Second Half;
RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman Returns from Foot Injury to Log 62 Minutes in First Action since Late May;
RSL Stays Unbeaten at Rio Tinto Stadium in 19 Straight MLS Matches, Inching towards Crew’s Record of 22
SANDY, Utah (Saturday, July 24, 2010) – Real Salt Lake controlled its annual Pioneer Day contest against “Class of 2005” expansion mate Chivas USA this evening, but a second half lead for the home side would be short lived as the Western Conference rivals settled for a 1-1 draw in front of a sellout crowd of 19,469 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
After pressing the issue for most of the first hour, Real Salt Lake (9-4-4, 31 pts.) would take the lead in the 66th minute through MF Ned Grabavoy’s fantastic volley from the edge of the area off a poorly cleared corner. However, the lead would last only four minutes, as MF Jesus Padilla made an instant impact off the bench for Chivas USA (4-9-3, 15 pts.), his dipping shot from distance crossing up and sneaking through the legs of RSL GK Nick Rimando.
Real Salt Lake Notes
· Real Salt Lake saw the return of MF Kyle Beckerman to the line-up this evening, the 28-year-old captain hitting the field for the first time since suffering a torn tendon in his left foot at Chivas USA back on May 22. Beckerman played an active 62 minutes on the evening before being replaced by Grabavoy.
· Real Salt Lake’s home undefeated streak in MLS play at Rio Tinto Stadium has reached 19 games, which now stands alone as the second longest such streak in Major League Soccer’s 15-year history. Only the 22-game streak by the Columbus Crew in is longer than RSL’s current run:
TEAM HOME UNDEFEATED STREAK LEADERS
TEAM # START STOP
-------------------------------- -- ---------- ----------
Columbus Crew 22 06/28/2008 09/26/2009
Real Salt Lake 19 06/06/2009 current
San Jose Earthquakes 18 09/25/2004 10/08/2005
· Real Salt Lake’s 20 shots and eight shots on goal were the second most in a single-game for the squad this season, both runners-up to a 24-shot, 12-shot-on-goal effort in its 5-0 win over New England during its previous home match on July 2.
· Three of Real Salt Lake’s four MLS All-Stars – MF Javier Morales, DF Jamison Olave and GK Nick Rimando – will travel down to Houston on Monday to take part in Wednesday’s 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game against Manchester United at Reliant Stadium. The fourth member of RSL’s All-Star contingent, Kyle Beckerman, will remain with the Claret-and-Cobalt to focus on getting back to 100% fitness following his return from injury tonight.
· There will be no All-Star break for the rest of the Claret-and-Cobalt, who will look to push the home undefeated streak to 20 games next Saturday, July 31, when D.C. United (3-11-3, 12 pts.) comes to Sandy for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium.
REAL SALT LAKE (9-4-4, 31 pts.) v. CHIVAS USA (4-9-3, 15 pts.)
SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010 – RIO TINTO STADIUM
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 1 1
Chivas USA 0 1 1
RSL -- Ned Grabavoy 2 (unassisted) 66
CHV -- Jesus Padilla 4 (unassisted) 70
CHV -- Rodolfo Espinoza (caution; Reckless Foul) 28
RSL -- Kyle Beckerman (caution; Reckless Tackle) 51
CHV -- Mariano Trujillo (caution; Reckless Tackle) 54
CHV -- Dan Kennedy (caution; Delaying a Restart) 78
RSL -- Alvaro Saborio (caution; Dissent) 82
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2) -- Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Chris Wingert; Andy Williams, Kyle Beckerman (Ned Grabavoy 62), Javier Morales, Will Johnson; Alvaro Saborio (Pablo Campos 83), Fabian Espindola (Robbie Findley 68).
Substitutes Not Used: Rauwshan McKenzie,
Robbie Russell, Jean Alexandre, Tim Melia.
Statistics – Shots: 20 (Saborio 6); Shots on Goal: 8 (Grabavoy, Williams 2); Saves: 1 (Rimando 1); Fouls: 8 (3 players with 2); Corners: 4 (Morales 3); Offside: 3 (Espindola 3)
Chivas USA (4-4-2) -- Dan Kennedy; Mariano
Trujillo, Michael Umana, Dario Delgado, Ante Jazic; Michael Lahoud (Ben
Zemanski 46), Paulo Nagamura (Jesus Padilla 69), Blair Gavin, Rodolfo Espinoza;
Justin Braun, Giancarlo Maldonado (Carlos Borja 82).
Substitutes Not Used: Jorge Flores, Marcelo
Saragosa, Chukwudi Chijindu, Kevin Guppy.
Statistics – Shots: 5 (Espinoza 2); Shots on Goal: 2 (Nagamura, Padilla 1); Saves: 7 (Kennedy 7); Fouls: 12 (Espinoza, Nagamura 3); Corners: 3 (Espinoza 3); Offside: 2 (Braun, Maldonado 1)
Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee's Assistants: Paul Scott; Peter Manikowski
4th Official: Ramon Hernandez
Attendance: 19,469 (sellout)
Time of Game: 1:52