SANDY, Utah – The Real Salt Lake Reserves played to a scoreless draw against Seattle Sounders FC Reserves on Monday at America First Field. The RSL Reserves now post a 1-0-2 record through its first three matches of the 2014 MLS reserve League season.
Real Salt Lake FW Robbie Findley made his second appearance for the Claret-and-Cobalt Reserves this year, playing for a total of 70 minutes – 10 more minutes than last week’s reserve match against Colorado. Findley made his 2014 first-team debut on Saturday night, subbing on in the 65th minute in RSL’s 0-0 draw with FC Dallas. The speedy striker had missed all of RSL’s previous games this year after undergoing right knee surgery last December.
Real Salt Lake DF Kwame Watson-Siriboe played a full 90 minutes for the first time since suffering a torn ACL last June. Three RSL-AZ Academy players also went 90 minutes - the first time an Academy player has done so this year. RSL-AZ Academy MF Diego Silva, MF Fito Ovalle and FW Sebastian Saucedo all played the entire match.
The defenses dominated Monday’s game, with neither side able to produce much in front of net. Seattle saw a great look in the sixth minute when Seattle FW Sean Okoli blasted a shot from the top of the box that forced RSL GK Lalo Fernandez to make the save. Fernandez was unable to hold onto the ball however and Seattle FW Cam Weaver was there for the rebound, but sent his shot over the crossbar.
Real Salt Lake’s best chance in the first half came in the 44th minute when Saucedo was tripped just outside the area earning a free kick. RSL DF Abdoulie Mansally stepped up to take the kick and blasted a shot that bypassed Seattle’s defensive wall but went straight to Sounders GK Marcus Hahnemann.
The Claret-and-Cobalt started the second half brightly, with Saucedo registering a chance in the 47th minute. Mansally sent a cross into the box from the left side but Saucedo was unable to sneak his volleyed shot past Seattle substitute GK Josh Ford.
Seattle saw two opportunities slip by in the 70th and 80th minutes. Seattle MF Micheal Azira sent a rocket from the top of the box but the shot just flew over the crossbar. Seattle’s Okoli had the next chance ten minutes later, volleying a shot from 20 yards out, but RSL’s Fernandez was there to easily collect the ball.
RSL saw its last chance of the match in the 81st minute when Saucedo was fouled outside the penalty area. Saucedo had eyes for goal and curved a nicely hit ball just high over the crossbar.
The Real Salt Lake Reserves return to action on Sunday, July 6, when it takes on USL Pro side Richmond Kickers at 3:00 p.m. MT at City Stadium in Virginia. The Claret-and-Cobalt continue MLS action this Saturday, May 31, when it takes on Seattle Sounders FC at 2:00 p.m. MT at CenturyLink Field. Saturday’s match will broadcast live on CW30, ESPN 700 and 102.3 La Gran D FM.
REAL SALT LAKE RESERVES 0-0 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC RESERVES
MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014
AMERICA FIRST FIELD
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake Reserves 0 0 0
Seattle Sounders FC Reserves 0 0 0
SEA – Dylan Remick (Yellow; Foul) – 43’
RSL – Fito Ovalle (Yellow; Foul) – 47’
RSL – Kwame Watson-Siriboe (Yellow; Foul) – 50’
SEA – Cam Weaver (Yellow; Foul) – 85’
Shots: RSL 3-7 SEA
Shots on Goal: RSL 3-5 SEA
Saves: RSL 5-3 SEA
Fouls: RSL 11-9 SEA
Corner Kicks: RSL 0-4 SEA
Offside: RSL 1-0 SEA
Real Salt Lake Reserves (4-1-2-1-2): Lalo Fernandez; Abdoulie Mansally, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Aaron Maund, Rich Balchan (Danilo Acosta*, 80’); John Stertzer, Diego Silva*, Fito Ovalle*, Luis Gil; Robbie Findley (Olmes Garcia, 70’), Sebastian Saucedo
Substitutes not used: Austin Najib* (GK), Mikey Orellana**
*Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy Player
Seattle Sounders FC Reserves (4-4-2): Marcus Hahnemann (Josh Ford, 45’); Aaron Kovar, Andy Rose, Dylan Remick, David Estrada, Tristan Bowen (Yoshi Chaffin*, 66’), Micheal Azira, Fabio Pereira, Henry Wingo* (Duncan McCormick*, 60’); Cam Weaver, Sean Okoli,
Substitutes not used: Matt Reinikka*, Houser*
*Seattle Sounders FC Academy Player