REAL SALT LAKE EARNS POINT IN SCORELESS DRAW AT TORONTO FC
GK Nick Rimando & “Bor-Lave”-led Defense post Team Record-tying 10th Clean Sheet of Campaign as RSL Improves to 3-4-2 Away from Home
TORONTO – (Saturday, August 28, 2010) – Real Salt Lake rebounded from Wednesday’s “epic” CONCACAF battle in Mexico City with a stellar effort tonight nearly 3,000 miles north, earning its 11th road point of the season and remaining undefeated in 16 of its last 17 MLS contests with a scoreless draw Saturday against Toronto FC at BMO Field. The road point earned equals the organization’s highest-ever point total with eight games remaining, while RSL GK Nick Rimando and the defense led by Nat Borchers and Jamison Olave equaled a team record with the team’s 10th clean sheet of the season, Rimando posting the 70th of his career, the 4th highest total in MLS annals.
RSL was unlucky not to have left Canada with three points, as both DF Chris Wingert and MF Will Johnson hit the same left post in the final 10 minutes of the game, just after FW Fabian Espindola had rounded Toronto netminder Stefan Frei and shot wide right earlier in the 2nd half.
Head Coach Jason Kreis made four changes to the starting XI that played in swamp-like conditions at Estadio Azul in Mexico City on Wednesday, falling 5-4 to “La Maquina.” In addition to Olave’s return to his imposing place in central defense, DF Tony Beltran replaced Robbie Russell on the right side of the back line, while MF Ned Grabavoy and Toronto native Andy Williams replaced Nelson Gonzalez and Will Johnson on the outside of RSL’s traditional 4-4-2 diamond formation. Borchers, with tonight’s 90 minute effort, remains the only RSL player to have appeared in all 26 competitive RSL games this season, missing just 27 minutes total out of 22 MLS, two U.S. Open Cup and two CONCACAF contests in 2010.
Real Salt Lake remained winless at Toronto’s BMO Field, with a pair of 0-0 draws in 2007 and 2010 sandwiching 0-1 losses in 2008 and 2009. Exactly one month from tonight, RSL returns to Ontario for Matchday #5 of the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League in a Group A tilt for the teams’ 3rd meeting in 30 days. Toronto FC visits Real Salt Lake’s Rio Tinto Stadium home on Wednesday, Sept. 15 in CONCACAF play.
Before the Toronto game, RSL returns home to host Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls on Sat., Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m. MT, in an effort to match the MLS-record 22-game unbeaten streak set last season by the Columbus Crew. Johnson and RSL’s leading scorer Alvaro Saborío will each miss that game, as Johnson (Canada) and Saborío (Costa Rica) will each represent their national teams in friendlies next weekend. Both players will re-join RSL for the Thursday, Sept. 9 return to Qwest Field in Seattle, as Sounders FC hosts RSL in its first trip back to the site of its greatest achievement, winning MLS Cup 2009 last November.
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TORONTO FC (7-8-6, 27 pts.) v. REAL SALT LAKE (11-4-7, 40 pts.)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 2010 – BMO FIELD
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Toronto FC 0 0 0
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
RSL -- Jamison Olave (caution; Tactical Foul) 18
Real Salt Lake -- Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran, Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman, Andy Williams (Will Johnson 69), Alvaro Saborío (Robbie Findley 62), Fabian Espindola (Jean Alexandre 83).
Substitutes Not Used: Pablo Campos, Nelson Gonzalez, Robbie Russell, Kyle Reynish.
Statistics: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 5; Saves: 4; Fouls: 7; Corners: 5; Offside: 6
Toronto FC -- Stefan Frei, Maksim Usanov (O'Brian White 46), Ty Harden, Adrian Cann, Nick Garcia, Dan Gargan, Martin Saric (Jacob Peterson 69), Julian de Guzman, Nick LaBrocca, Dwayne De Rosario, Mista.
Substitutes Not Used: Gabe Gala, Raivis Hscanovics, Fuad Ibrahim, Joseph Nane, Jon Conway.
Statistics: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 5; Fouls: 8; Corners: 5; Offside: 1
Referee's Assistants: Craig Lowry, Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Steven DePiero
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Sunny and 84 degrees
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER QUOTE SHEET
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 2010
BMO FIELD – TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
TORONTO FC 0 : 0 REAL SALT LAKE
REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS
On the squad’s effort on a quick turnaround…
“Very happy with what the guys put into it tonight. Our main objective here was to get a shutout – that was really all we were focused on – so I’m pleased to get a point here away at the end of a difficult road trip.”
On difficulty of selecting starting lineup…
“It was interesting. If we’d won the game against Cruz Azul I feel like we probably would have taken a few more risks, played a few different players in this match. But being the way the (Cruz Azul) game played out, how disappointing it was for us, we really felt like we needed to respond and allow guys opportunities to respond.”
On hitting a pair of posts late…
“I feel like it was unlucky or we were a little hard done by, but we don’t seem to have too many problems scoring goals these days.”
REAL SALT LAKE MIDFIELDER WILL JOHNSON
On any fatigue from travel…
“A little bit. It was a tough week. Obviously I would have liked to play 90 minutes tonight, but you know, it wasn’t quite in the cards. But we’ve got a full week to recover, so we’ll get back at it at home next week.”.
On the feeling within the team…
“We’re in a good spot. We’ve put ourselves in a good position. We’ve got 40 points with eight games to go and last year we won the MLS Cup with 40 points, so we’re definitely in a much better spot than we were last year. At the same time there’s still a lot of room to grow, we’re a few plays away from really being out front in this league.”
On playing in Toronto…
“Yah, it’s always fun. We always enjoy coming back to Canada. The fans here are great, so it’s always fun to come out and play here.”
REAL SALT LAKE GOALKEEPER NICK RIMANDO
Thoughts on the night:
“It’s a hard place to play, but our team mindset coming in was to get that zero and it was a hard defensive effort and we got that zero. It was good and bad to play after the loss to Cruz Azul just Wednesday because you get a bad loss and you want to get right back at it, and this was an opportunity to get right back on track. We didn’t get a win, but we wanted have a good defensive effort and that’s exactly what we had tonight, a full team effort on the defensive end. That was a positive.”
TORONTO FC HEAD COACH PREKI
Thoughts on game…
“We gave it a really good effort tonight; I mean it could have gone either way. Both teams had some chances but thought the commitment from the group was really good. We worked ever so hard; at times I’d like to see us work a little bit smarter – making better decisions with the ball.”
Comments on Ty Harden’s play in for Attakora…
“I thought he did a decent job they worked really hard – both of them (Adrian Cann). That’s why we brought Ty here, we knew he had some talent and he is a good guy in the locker room and works really hard, and today he stepped in and I thought he was pretty decent in Panama too.”
On Mista playing the whole 90 minutes…
“I mean when he has the ball we all know that Mista is talented he’s just still lacking the 90 minute fitness and sharpness but you know he gave a really good effort tonight and hopefully in the next few games he’ll get more fitness level in his legs and he’ll be better for us.”