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RSL’s RIO TINTO STADIUM STREAK SURVIVES VIA 1-1 DRAW WITH RAPIDS
DF Nat Borchers’ Header in Second Half Added Time Bumps MLS Record Home Undefeated Streak to 24 Games 

 

SANDY, Utah (Saturday, September 25, 2010) – Just when it looked like Real Salt Lake’s record home undefeated streak in MLS play would fall by the wayside, DF Nat Borchers nodded home in the 93rd minute to earn a 1-1 draw with the archrival Colorado Rapids in front of a spirited crowd of 18,317 fans in Sandy.

The Rocky Mountain Cup opener between the two sides looked like it would go the visitors’ way after seeing Colorado FW Conor Casey’s 36th minute goal stand tall for nearly an hour. However, Borchers’ heroics in the dying minutes would help RSL earn a vital point in the standings, placing the defending MLS Cup champs just two points behind the L.A. Galaxy in the chase for the MLS Supporters Shield and the Western Conference’s top spot.

 

Real Salt Lake Match Notes 

·         Casey’s 36th minute tally ended Real Salt Lake’s shutout streak at 568 minutes, one minute longer than the defending champ’s previous run earlier across May and June that stood as the longest in MLS in 2010.  The two streaks are now the third and fourth longest in MLS history in the category.

 

·         The goal for Borchers was his first in MLS play in 41 games, his previous tally in League action coming last June 13 in a 2-0 at Los Angeles. This was not Borchers only dramatic goal of 2010, however, as it was his 118+’ goal at San Jose on April 14 that helped RSL to a 3-3 regulation draw – and its subsequent 5-3 win in penalties – in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifying play at Buck Shaw Stadium.

·         Real Salt Lake’s recent congested schedule resulted in a number of players receiving rare starting nods this evening, including MF Jean Alexandre (5th), FW Pablo Campos (3rd), GK Kyle Reynish (3rd), and MF Collen Warner (4th).

·         The Utah side’s hectic 6-game, 18-day stretch continues with another quick turnaround on Tuesday, when Real Salt Lake (3-1-0, 9 pts.) will travel north of the border to continue CONCACAF Champions League play against Toronto FC (1-2-1, 4 pts.).  The 6:00 p.m. MT kickoff from BMO Field can be seen live on Fox Soccer Channel.  RSL can clinch its passage to the Championship Stage of the regional competition next spring with a win or a draw against the “Reds” on Tuesday. 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER POST-GAME QUOTE SHEET
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2010

RIO TINTO STADIUM – SANDY, UT

REAL SALT LAKE  1  :  1  COLORADO RAPIDS

 

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS

On the result:

“I was really pleased on the way we played the game, the way we approached it, how a lot of young players did tonight for us.  I’m pleased with everything except for 15 seconds in the first half when we gave away that goal. I thought that was a play completely against the run of play. 

“All in all, I think we created some really nice changes, played some really nice soccer, and I would say that our group probably feels a little hard done that we didn’t win that game. We keep telling our players that if they give us their best, that’s good enough.  That means the result is not the most important thing.  Tonight I feel like all the players went out there and gave us their absolute best.  Win, lose or draw, we’re going to be pleased with our effort.” 

On Nat Borchers:

 "I’m pleased to see [Nat Borchers] score.  Add that to the list of players who have scored for us this year.”

 On the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League match in Toronto:

“We’re going to put all our cards on the table for [the game in Toronto].  I feel like that is the one we have to get a result in to wrap up this Champions League stuff so that we can turn our focus to the Supporters Shield and the playoffs.” 

On catching up to the LA Galaxy:

“We gained a point on them this weekend and now we’re one result away from being ahead of them and not a tiebreaker, not level on points but actually being ahead of them.  So we put ourselves in a good position.” 


REAL SALT LAKE DEFENDER NAT BORCHERS

 On RSL’s lineup changes:

“We have a system here, and I think that every guy understands how to play in that system.  I thought we played it very well.  We kept possession; [Colorado] really struggled to defend our midfield once we got the ball there.”

 On the mood in the locker room:

“I scored so I think everyone is pretty happy for me. That’s rarely going to happen.  But, to be honest, I think everybody is pretty positive about the result.  We had a lot of chances.  You have days where the ball doesn’t go into the net, but we had a few good chances.” 


REAL SALT LAKE GOALKEEPER KYLE REYNISH

 On the result:

“The win would have been great to catch up with the Galaxy, but at the same time we realize the importance of the game Tuesday against Toronto.  We really need to get a point there to guarantee advancement.”

On the result:

“I really didn’t want that [home undefeated] streak to go out on my watch.  We were able to battle back and when you send people forward like that, you’re going to have some tough things coming back at you.” 

 

REAL SALT LAKE MIDFIEDLER KYLE BECKERMAN

On the lineup:

“I thought everyone that was in there that hasn’t played a lot of minutes did really well.  We were unlucky not to score a couple of times.  Some guys gained a lot of valuable experience for us to be able to move on and improve as a team.”

 

COLORADO RAPIDS HEAD COACH GARY SMITH

 Overall thoughts on the match:

“A lot of our players are disappointed that we conceded [a goal] in the last 30 seconds, but there were occasions where we could have extended our lead. It was an extremely tight derby as everyone might have expected from two sides that I thought, for the vast majority of the game, were competitive and committed.”

Thoughts on the drop ball call in the box:

“There was a little bit of a scramble and I thought that Matt [Pickens] made a good save. I still wasn’t quite sure because I am a long way away and the ball ricocheted an awful lot around there. It seems like there was a whistle blown for a reason that wasn’t to be in the end, but I couldn’t give you a true and clear opinion on that because I was too far away.”

On the focus of the team with their remaining schedule:

“This was always going to be one of the really tough away games that we had [this season]. In the end, it’s a terrific point and it’s another point towards where we want to be. We have two home games coming up and two teams coming in that will be under less pressure. They will feel like they are coming to us and feel like they can get something out of the game. We will certainly be looking to get maximum points out of those two games and see if we can [determine] our place in the postseason.”

 

COLORADO RAPIDS DEFENDER MARVELL WYNNE

Overall thoughts on the match:

“We are extremely disappointed. It was a good result, getting a point here in Salt Lake, but the way we played and that we were on top and losing the win so late, we’re very disappointed.”

On the physicality of the match:

“It was a physical game. It seemed like it was all over the field and we knew right away that it was going to be a battle. Whether it was going to be a technical battle and we would have to maintain possession or a physical battle, which it was.”

Thoughts on the drop ball call:

“The ball came in and I suppose he called a hand ball on me, but then he went over to his assistant referee and he said he made a mistake. Then he did a drop ball. That’s what I believe happened.”

 

COLORADO RAPIDS FORWARD CONOR CASEY

Overall thoughts on the match:

“I have mixed feelings. To concede that late is always painful, and I thought we played pretty well as a whole against a very good team. Coming out with a point is not that bad, but it would have been nice to get three.”

Thoughts on his goal:

“We had numbers forward and Kosuke [Kimura] put a good ball in the box. I found a little bit of space and just got my head on it.”

 

 

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