RSL RESERVES SECURE 1ST 2012 MLS VICTORY WITH LATE VELASQUEZ FINISH
Goals by RSL’s Ned Grabavoy and Sebastian Velasquez Lift RSL
From Winless Reserve League season
SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, June 12, 2012) – The Real Salt Lake Reserves (1-4-1; 4 pts.) captured its first win of the 10-game 2012 MLS Reserve League season, defeating the Chicago Fire Reserves (2-4-0; 6 pts.) in a 2-1 battle Tuesday afternoon. An impressive crowd lined the south sideline of America First Field as MF Ned Grabavoy converted a penalty kick in the 78th minute and MF Sebastian Velasquez sealed the victory with a goal in the 92nd minute.
First half action began quietly as both teams pressed forward for chances but were denied by strong defensive plays and exquisite goalkeeping by both sides. The Fire curled in a free kick destined for the top corner but was denied by the woodwork in the 38th minute. Seconds later, RSL MF Jonny Steele almost got the go-ahead goal with a quick turn-and-shoot move from 18 yards out but the ball sliced wide.
Within minutes of the second-half whistle, Velasquez had an open shot on goal but missed wide; shortly thereafter, RSL trialist Matias Quiroga threaded a ball through the six-yard box to an onrushing FW Cody Arnoux, but a mistimed run squandered the chance. Hard tackles and penalty kicks filled the next 30 minutes as both sides sought to gain an edge. Grabavoy put RSL up 1:0 in the 78th off a penalty kick and the Claret-and-Cobalt extended its lead in the 92nd minute as RSL-AZ Academy player Jordan Allen drove a shot far post, which deflected off a defender and saw Velasquez finish the goal in sliding fashion.
“We got in the moment when we started to fight for the goal and pushing up a little more and luckily we got a PK and I had a rebound off Jordan’s shot and was able to score it,” said Velasquez.
The Fire tried to mount a comeback with a PK of its own in the 93rd minute by MF Orr Barouch, but the final whistle came shortly after.
RSL MF Javier Morales returned to action today, and captained the team for the first 45 minutes. The action was the talismanic RSL playmaker's first since Wednesday, May 9 at Chicago, when a right quadriceps strain forced the Argentine star off after only 20 minutes. Morales is hopeful to return to RSL first-team action this Saturday at Chivas USA, the team against which he suffered a horrific ankle injury last May 7, severely limiting his on-field contributions during the last 13 months.
After starting the reserve campaign with five games in seven weeks, the RSL Reserves waited two months before today’s matchup against Chicago. The RSL Reserves next face the Houston Dynamo Reserves (3-1-1; 10 pts.) on Tuesday, July 10 (11:00 a.m. MT kickoff). The Chicago Fire Reserves resume play with a home challenge against the Colorado Rapids Reserves (4-2-1; 13 pts.) on Wednesday, August 15 (10:00 a.m. CT). Click here for the full 2012 MLS Reserve League schedule on MLSsoccer.com.
Real Salt Lake Reserves Notes
- Today’s match featured a pair of RSL-Arizona Academy players and a pair of trialists. DF Carlos Salcedo and D/F Kenny Mansally helped keep RSL’s defensive line strong as Jordan Allen and Chris Tweed-Kent attacked Chicago’s end.
- With his full shift today, midfielder Yordany Alvarez remains the only player that has logged the full 540 minutes of MLS Reserve League play across RSL’s opening six contests. GK Kyle Reynish follows close behind with 517 minutes and MF Jonny Steele has 504. Both players were subbed out of the FC Dallas Reserves match in April and Steele made an early exit today in the 62nd minute, replaced by Nico Muniz.
- Chicago Fire Reserves goalkeeper Jay Nolly made his return to Utah, where he was drafted in the second round of the 2005 MLS Superdraft. After a year in the Claret-and-Cobalt kit, Nolly was traded to D.C. United for Freddy Adu and RSL stalwart Nick Rimando. Today, Nolly entered in the second half but couldn’t keep RSL’s attempts out of the back of the net.
MLS Reserve League Box Score
Real Salt Lake Reserves 2 : 1 Chicago Fire Reserves
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
America First Field – Sandy, UT
RSL - Ned Grabavoy (penalty kick) 78
RSL - Sebastian Velasquez (unassisted) 92
CHI – Orr Barouch (penalty kick) 93
CHI – Joel Salmeron (caution, Reckless Foul) 18
RSL – Carlos Salcedo (cautiuon, Reckless Foul) 38
CHI – Tony Walls (caution, Reckless Foul) 53
RSL – Terukazu Tanaka (caution, Reckless Foul) 79
Real Salt Lake Reserves (4-4-2): Kyle Reynish (c), Terukazu Tanaka, Carlos Salcedo**, Chris Estridge, Kenny Mansally* (Jordan Allen** 70), Sebastian Velasquez, Yordany Alvarez, Javier Morales (c) (Enzo Martinez 45), Jonny Steele (Nico Muniz 62), Chris Tweed-Kent* (Matias Quiroga* 45), Cody Arnoux (Ned Grabavoy 76)
Substitutes Not Used: Lalo Fernandez, Nat Borchers
**RSL-Arizona/Chicago Fire Academy player
Chicago Fire Reserves (4-4-2): Paolo Tornaghi (Jay Nolly 45), Tony Walls, Hunter Jumper, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Joel Salmeron** (Anthony Torres** 82), Keaton Albert**, Andrew Conner**, Mike Videira, Corben Bone, Orr Barouch, Federico Puppo (Andrew Oliver** 70)
Substitutes Not Used:
**RSL-Arizona/Chicago Fire Academy player
Referee: Brad Jensen
Referee Assistants: Allan Chapman, Mitch Lillywhite
4th Official: Alex Krelo