PORTLAND – The Real Salt Lake Reserves (5-3-4, 19 points, West #1) earned a solid road point on Sunday night, drawing the Portland Timbers Reserves (4-4-3, 15 points, West #4) 1-1 at JELD-WEN Field despite going down a man in the 65th minute.
Real Salt Lake got on the board first, taking the lead in the 53rd minute through FW Devon Sandoval. The Claret-and-Cobalt launched a long throw into the box from the left side, with Sandoval collecting at the near post. The rookie striker quickly turned and hit a shot on frame, squeaking his 12-yard right-footer past Portland GK Jake Gleeson and inside the near post.
The Claret-and-Cobalt went down a man in the 65th minute, when FW Olmes Garcia was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Portland DF Nico De Vera.
Despite playing with 10-men, RSL more than held its own in the final 25 minutes, controlling a decent amount of possession and consistently threatening Portland’s goal.
Of course, Garcia’s ejection opened up space for the Timbers, which took advantage and equalized in the 87th. FW Anthony Macchione collected a DF Jacob Kempf pass in the top right corner of the area, turning toward goal and firing a 15-yard shot that found the inside of the near post.
Real Salt Lake will return to action on Friday, when it will take on Seattle Sounders FC at 8:00 p.m. MT at CenturyLink Field. Friday’s match will be nationally televised on the NBC Sports Network. The Claret-and-Cobalt Reserves will take on Seattle Sounders FC Reserves on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. MT at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.
REAL SALT LAKE RESERVES 1–1 PORTLAND TIMBERS RESERVES
SUNDAY, SEPT. 8, 2013
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake Reserves 0 1 1
Portland Timbers Reserves 0 1 1
RSL – Devon Sandoval – 53’
POR – Anthony Macchione (Jacob Kempf) – 87’
POR – David Horst (Yellow; Foul) – 43’
RSL – Olmes Garcia (Straight Red; Foul) – 65’
RSL – Carlos Salcedo (Yellow; Dissent) – 72’
RSL – Lovel Palmer (Yellow; Tactical Foul) – 84’
POR – Foster Langsdorf (Yellow; Foul) – 89’
Shots: RSL 14-9 POR
Saves: RSL 2-6 POR
Corners: RSL 5-4 POR
Fouls: RSL 14-10 POR
Offside: RSL 3-1 POR
Real Salt Lake Reserves (4-1-2-1-2): Lalo Fernandez; Lovel Palmer, Aaron Maund, Carlos Salcedo, Justen Glad*; Yordany Alvarez; Cole Grossman, Khari Stephenson (C); Sebastian Velasquez; Devon Sandoval (Benji Lopez, 86’), Olmes Garcia
Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver** (GK), Jose Hernandez*, Fito Ovalle*, Corey Nemech*
Portland Timbers Reserves (4-3-3): Jake Gleeson; Nico De Vera*, David Horst (Jacob Kempf*, 46’), Rauwshan McKenzie, Futty Danso; Ben Zemanski (C), Brad Ring, Steven Evans (Foster Langsdorf*); Jesse Garcia*, Anthony Macchione*, Sebastian Rincon (Alex Segovia*, 86’)
Substitutes not used: David Meves (GK)
Referee: Andrew Brooks
Assistant Referees: Desmond Miller, Andrew Deuker
4th Official: Jason Perlewitz