VANCOUVER – Real Salt Lake (2-3-2, 8 points, West #5) picked up a hard-earned road point on Saturday, tying Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-1 (2-2-2, 8 points, West #4) at BC Place.
RSL FW Olmes Garcia scored his first career MLS goal in the 66th minute to put the Claret-and-Cobalt ahead, curling an absolutely gorgeous 20-yard shot into the top right corner from the left side of the box. Vancouver FW Camilo equalized in the 84th, burying a penalty kick after RSL DF Nat Borchers was whistled for an innocuous hand ball in the box.
RSL started the match on the back foot, ceding a number of early opportunities. Vancouver had its first chance in the ninth minute, when DF Y.P. Lee uncorked a blast from the right side of the box toward the far post that RSL GK Nick Rimando parried out for a corner kick.
Rimando came up huge on the ensuing corner, making a double save on Camilo before the Brazilian attacker fired over from close range. Camilo got on the end of Vancouver DF Brad Rusin’s header eight yards out, heading shot on goal that Rimando saved. Camilo picked up the rebound, hitting a shot that Rimando stopped before picking up another rebound and sending his third effort over the bar.
Rimando had another good stop on Camilo in the 19th minute, parrying the Brazilian’s 20-yard curling free kick over the bar and out of danger. Rimando turned away Camilo yet again in the 26th, diving to his left to push a low long-range effort around the post.
Real Salt Lake was dealt a blow in the 31st minute, when MF Kyle Beckerman had to be subbed off due to a slight rib injury. He was replaced by MF Yordany Alvarez, who filled in admirably for the Claret-and-Cobalt captain.
RSL had its first good move of the game in the 35th minute, when FW Joao Plata had a goal called back for offside.
RSL’s next chance came in the 50th minute. After some nice combination play in the area, Plata hit a short cross from the left side of the box to FW Alvaro Saborio at the near post, with the Costa Rican international toe-poking his close-range effort off of a Vancouver player and out for a corner kick.
Rimando made another huge save in the 55th minute. Vancouver MF Nigel Reo-Coker collected a Rimando punch near the top of the box, slamming a shot on goal that Rimando made a very nice diving stop on.
Garcia – who subbed on for Plata in the 55th – had a good look at goal in the 61st. Morales got to the end line in the right side of the box, cutting the ball back to the center for Garcia, who stung Vancouver GK Joe Cannon’s gloves with a hard 15-yarder.
Garcia put RSL ahead with a marvelous goal in the 66th. The 20-year-old Colombian collected a Morales pass on the left wing, cutting in on his right foot before curling a delectable 20-yard effort inside the far post. The world-class goal was Garcia’s first in MLS after signing with the Claret-and-Cobalt this preseason.
Vancouver pressed hard for an equalizer following Garcia’s goal, eventually finding it in the 84th minute. Referee Drew Fischer whistled Borchers for a hand ball in the box in the 83rd after the veteran center back slipped in the box and fell on the ball. Camilo made no mistake with the spot kick, sending Rimando the wrong way and burying the penalty off the left post and into the back of the net.
RSL had a great chance to break the tie late in second half stoppage time. Saborio earned a corner kick with some hard work in Vancouver’s box and Borchers nearly buried it, heading MF Luis Gil’s set piece toward the top left corner before Cannon tipped it over the bar.
The Real Salt Lake Reserves will play the Vancouver Reserves on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. MT at UBC Thunderbirds Stadium.
RSL will return to MLS action next Saturday, April 20, when it will host Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium. A limited amount of tickets are available for the match and can be purchased at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office, online at www.RealSaltLake.com/tickets or over the phone at 801-727-2700.
Real Salt Lake Match Notes – RSL 1-1 VAN
- Saturday’s result breaks Real Salt Lake’s three-game road losing streak. After beating the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium in the season opener on March 3, the Claret-and-Cobalt lost 1-0 at D.C. United on March 9, 2-0 at FC Dallas on March 23 and 1-0 at the Colorado Rapids on April 6.
- Saturday’s match was RSL’s fifth road game in its first seven matches. The Claret-and-Cobalt will now play seven of its next 10 matches at home in the friendly confines of Rio Tinto Stadium.
- RSL FW Olmes Garcia’s 66th minute goal was his first in MLS after signing a five-year deal with the Claret-and-Cobalt in the preseason. Garcia was shown a yellow card for removing his shirt while celebrating the goal. The 20-year-old Colombian had a picture of a deceased friend on his undershirt.
- Garcia’s goal broke RSL’s 275-minute road scoreless streak. The Claret-and-Cobalt hadn’t scored on the road since FW Alvaro Saborio found the back of the net in the 85th minute of RSL’s 2-0 season opening win at San Jose on March 3.
- RSL MF Javier Morales started and played 79 minutes on Saturday. It was Morales’s first start of the season. The Argentine playmaker missed RSL’s first four games and came off the bench as a second half sub in its last two while recovering from preseason knee surgery.
- RSL MF Kyle Beckerman had to be subbed off in the 31st minute due to a slight rib injury. Beckerman left training early on Friday due to the injury.
REAL SALT LAKE 1–1 VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 1 1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 1 1
RSL – Olmes Garcia (Javier Morales) – 66’
VAN – Camilo – 84’
RSL – Chris Schuler (Foul) – 18’
RSL – Olmes Garcia (Excessive Celebration) – 67’
RSL – Lovel Palmer (Foul) – 81’
Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2) – Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Lovel Palmer;; Kyle Beckerman (C) (Yordany Alvarez, 31’); Ned Grabavoy, Luis Gil; Javier Morales (Khari Stephenson, 79’); Alvaro Saborio, Joao Plata (Olmes Garcia, 56’)
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Saunders (GK), Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Abdoulie Mansally, Devon Sandoval
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-4-2) – Joe Cannon; Y.P. Lee, Brad Rusin, Andy O’Brien, Alain Rochat; Daigo Kobayashi (Kekuta Manneh, 73’), Jun Marques Davidson, Russell Teibert, Nigel Reo-Coker; Corey Hertzog (Darren Mattocks, 63’), Camilo (Tommy Heinemann, 89’)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton (GK), Jordan Harvey, Erik Hurtado, Gershon Koffie
Referee: Drew Fischer
Referee's Assistants: Jeff Hosking, Jonathan Johnson
4th Official: Fotis Bazakos