Espindola v. PUN 06-19-10

RSL Rolls Past Puntarenas 2-0


Goals from MF Javier Morales and FW Pablo Campos More than Enough to Overpower Visitors from Costa Rica; 

RSL Returns to League Play, Tries to Extend 20-Match Overall Home Undefeated Streak Next Friday, June 25 against San Jose Earthquakes



SANDY, Utah (Saturday, June 19, 2010)Real Salt Lake dominated Costa Rican side Puntarenas F.C. from start to finish in their international club friendly this evening, as the Utah hosts used goals from MF Javier Morales and FW Pablo Campos to post a 2-0 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium. Counting MLS regular season, MLS Cup Playoff, and international friendly action, Real Salt Lake (7-3-2, 23 pts. in MLS play) bumped its 13-month home undefeated streak up to 20 contests with the win (14-0-6), a run the defending MLS Cup champs will look to continue next Friday, June 25, when they welcome the San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-2, 17 pts.) to Sandy for a 7:00 p.m. MT kick (live on KUSG 2.2).


One needs to see little more evidence than Real Salt Lake’s 22-1 advantage in shots to tell how the match progressed, as the Utahns enjoyed an overwhelming majority of the possession and continually pressed into the attacking third on a youthful Puntarenas side currently progressing through its preseason. However, it took until just before halftime for the home side to get on the board, a problem Morales remedied in the 41st minute with a beautiful 35-yard free kick that swerved into the upper right 90 and past a fully-extended GK Brayan Zamora. The goal was the Argentine playmaker’s second game-winner for RSL against international competition, as he also bagged the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Mexican power Club America last June.


Despite seven changes to the RSL eleven to begin the second half, it was more of the same for the Claret-and-Cobalt, who took 14 of their 22 shots on the evening after the halftime break. It was Campos doubling the Real Salt Lake lead in the 55th minute when the Brazilian looked to do his best Landon Donovan imitation, mimicking the USA captain’s goal against Slovenia yesterday by roofing a near-angle shot from eight yards out, stunning PFC ‘keeper Olger Ruiz by nailing the shot right over his head. RSL’s own Costa Rican native, FW Álvaro Saborio, created more than enough chances to score against the squad from his home country, but his team-high six shots – all coming in the second 45 minutes – would go for naught, thanks in part to some stellar saves from Ruiz.


For more on tonight's contest, click here for the recap of the friendly in Sandy.




On what RSL can take out of tonight’s match:


“We got to have a match experience in our stadium, which we needed. We’ve had big breaks [in our schedule] in the past and have struggled when we’ve come back from them, so in one sense we got the guys out there on the field with referees in a match experience and had a good run out in front of the crowd.”


On the team’s goals for the friendly:


“Our biggest goal was to get the guys prepared for next weekend (against San Jose). There were some other separate goals – getting guys like Jean Alexandre extended minutes; Chris Schuler, getting him some of his first minutes with the first team at center back, and Luis Gil got a little bit of a run. There were separate things we were looking for from the younger players and I thought everyone performed well.”


On getting DF Chris Wingert back from a hamstring strain:


“We were thinking all along that we would like to push him to see how long he could go. It wasn’t his hamstring that made us sub him, but he was starting to cramp a little bit so I chose to be preventative with that before we had any other injury concerns.”








Goals by Period                    1          2          F

Real Salt Lake                        1          1          2

Puntarenas F.C.                      0          0          0



Scoring Summary:  

RSL – Javier Morales (unassisted) 41

RSL – Pablo Campos (Ned Grabavoy) 55


Misconduct Summary: 

PUN – Oscar Duarte (caution; Tactical Foul) 40

RSL – Jean Alexandre (caution; Verbal Distraction) 54

RSL – Ned Grabavoy (caution; Tactical Foul) 73


Real Salt Lake (4-4-2) – GK-Nick Rimando (Kyle Reynish 45); DF-Robbie Russell (Tony Beltran 45), DF-Jamison Olave (Nat Borchers 45), DF-Rauwshan McKenzie (Chris Schuler 45), DF-Chris Wingert (Capt.) (Rauwshan McKenzie 78); MF-Collen Warner (Will Johnson 45), MF-Jean Alexandre (Luis Gil 66), MF-Javier Morales (Andy Williams 45), MF-Ned Grabavoy; FW-Fabian Espíndola (Álvaro Saborío 45), FW-Pablo Campos


Substitutes Not Used: None


Statistics: SHOTS: 22 (Saborío 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 13 (Campos, Saborío 3); SAVES: 0; FOULS: 14 (Alexandre 4); CORNERS: 6 (Morales, Williams 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Campos 1)


Puntarenas F.C. (3-4-3) – GK-Brayan Zamora (Olger Ruiz 45); DF-Rafael Nunez (Capt.), DF-Oscar Duarte, DF-Sherman Vazquez; MF-Daniel Peña (Luis Avila 80), MF-Diego Gallo (Anthony Caruzo 66), MF-Carlos Castro (Ellioth Ferrier 56), MF-Gabriel Masner (Jaison Peña 56); FW-Ariel Santana (Emanuel Campos 63), FW-Josua Diaz (Ricardo Garcia 56), FW-Pedro Leal


Substitutes Not Used: None

Statistics: SHOTS: 1 (Leal 1); SHOTS ON GOAL: 0; SAVES: 10 (Ruiz 6); FOULS: 8 (3 players with 2); CORNERS: 2 (Masner 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (3 players with 1)

Referee: Anthony Russo
Referee's Assistants: Alex Krelo, Brad Jensen
4th Official: Brandylyn Griffiths-Pack
Time of Game: 1:47
Weather: Clear-and-83-degrees

Attendance: 9,420