CARSON, Calif. – Real Salt Lake (6-3-7, 25 points, West #3) couldn’t overcome an early red card at at Chivas USA (3-7-5, 14 points, West #9), falling 1-0 to the Southern California side after playing with 10 men for over 80 minutes on Saturday night at StubHub Center.
Real Salt Lake went down a man in the ninth minute, when MF Luke Mulholland was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Chivas USA MF Martin Rivero. The ejection marked the second-straight MLS match that an RSL player has seen a red card – DF Tony Beltran was shown two yellows and tossed from the Claret-and-Cobalt’s 3-1 loss against Portland on June 7.
Despite going down a man, RSL enjoyed a good deal of possession and limited Chivas USA’s opportunities, controlling most of the early going. Both sides had goals called back for offside in the first half, with Chivas USA FW Leandro Barrera seeing his effort disallowed in the 16th minute before RSL FW Joao Plata had his attempt called back in the 27th.
Chivas USA took the lead in the 35th minute, going ahead through a wonderful strike from FW Erick Torres. DF Tony Lochhead started the play on the left side, switching the field with a lovely ball that found Torres in the right side of the box. The Mexican striker took it with his first touch, rifling a spectacular right-footed volley out of the air and into the back of the net from 15 yards.
The second half opened spiritedly, with both sides trading chances early. Torres had an opportunity to double the lead in the 47th minute. The 21-year-old worked himself into space at the top of the 18 yard box and fired off a shot but the attempt went straight into the hands of RSL GK Jeff Attinella.
Real Salt Lake produced the next opportunity in the 50th minute. The Claret-and-Cobalt earned a free kick on the left side of the field 20-yards out from goal. Morales took the kick, sending in a cross into the box that was headed straight at Kennedy who was unable to hold onto the shot but eventually recovered to snuff out the danger.
Claret-and-Cobalt DF Chris Schuler came up with two big plays in the 56th and 69th minutes to keep the Goats at bay. In the first, Chivas USA sent in a cross into the box that forced Schuler into a diving clearance. The second opportunity saw Schuler save a sure Chivas USA goal, with the big defender making a sliding clearance to push a Barrera attempt just wide of the left post.
The Claret-and-Cobalt had a great chance to even the score in the 80th minute. Plata was sprung from the top of the box with a leading pass but Kennedy rushed out to cover the ball before Plata could get to it.
RSL had a shout for a penalty kick in the 90th minute, when Plata appeared to be taken out in the box by Kennedy and Chivas USA DF Donny Toia. Unfortunately for RSL, referee Kevin Stott didn’t see a foul, whistling only for a goal kick for Chivas USA.
Real Salt Lake will return home for its next match, hosting New England Revolution at 8:00 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium. Friday’s match will be followed by an Independence Day fireworks show.
Real Salt Lake Match Notes – RSL 0–1 CHV
- Tonight’s match was Real Salt Lake’s first MLS game following the league’s three week World Cup break. Prior to tonight, RSL’s last league match came on June 7, when the Claret-and-Cobalt lost 3-1 at home to Portland Timbers. RSL did play a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match during MLS’s World Cup break, losing 2-1 at Atlanta Silverbacks on June 14.
- Real Salt Lake MF Luke Mulholland was shown a straight red card in the ninth minute for a tackle on Chivas USA MF Martin Rivero. Mulholland’s red card marks the second straight MLS match that an RSL player has been given a red card after DF Tony Beltran was ejected from RSL’s 3-1 loss to Portland Timbers on June 7. Mulholland’s and Beltran’s red cards are the only reds RSL has received this year.
- Real Salt Lake was without five key veterans tonight. Captain Kyle Beckerman and GK Nick Rimando missed the match while with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the World Cup in Brazil; FW Alvaro Saborio was out due to a foot injury suffered last month while training at Costa Rica’s pre-World Cup camp; MF Ned Grabavoy missed the game due to a hip flexor injury suffered on June 7 v. Portland; Beltran missed the match while serving a one-game suspension for his red card in the June 7 loss to the Timbers.
- Prior to tonight’s match, Grabavoy had started all 15 RSL regular season games. Grabavoy missed RSL’s June 14 Open Cup loss at Atlanta due to the same hip flexor injury he’s currently dealing with.
- Real Salt Lake DF Nat Borchers started tonight’s game, going the full 90 just four days after he and his wife Crystal welcomed the birth of their first child, son Lincoln Borchers.
- Real Salt Lake DF Chris Wingert played tonight’s game at right back; the first time he’s played there this year. Wingert usually plays at left back for RSL, but deputized for the suspended Beltran tonight.
- Real Salt Lake is now 12-11-4 in regular season play against Chivas USA. RSL has more regular season victories against Chivas USA than it does against any other club; the Claret-and-Cobalt have 11 wins v. LA Galaxy and 10 wins v. Colorado Rapids.
- RSL is now 6-8-1 in regular season action at Chivas USA. The six wins at Chivas USA are tied for the most RSL has at any one opponent. RSL is 12-15-2 all-time at StubHub Center against Chivas USA and LA Galaxy. Of the club’s 34 all-time regular season road victories, 16 of them have come in the state of California.
- RSL is now 9-3-1 against Chivas USA since it knocked the Goats out of the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs. Tonight’s loss was RSL’s first at Chivas USA since 2009.
- Tonight’s win extended RSL’s winless streak to six games across all competitions. Since beating Colorado 2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 17, RSL has gone 0-4-2 in five games in MLS and U.S. Open Cup play.
- Tonight’s match was RSL FW Robbie Findley’s first MLS start of 2014. Findley started RSL’s Open Cup loss at Atlanta on June 14 but had not started a MLS match since last December’s MLS Cup 2013 at Kansas City. Findley missed most of the early part of this year while recovering from knee surgery underwent just three days after MLS Cup. Prior to tonight’s 63-minute performance, Findley had one appearance and just 25 minutes played this season.
REAL SALT LAKE 0–1 CHIVAS USA
SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
Chivas USA 1 0 1
CHV – Erick Torres (Tony Lochhead) – 35’
RSL – Luke Mulholland (Red; Serious foul) – 9’
CHV – Tony Lochhead (Yellow; Hand ball) – 19’
CHV – Mauro Rosales (Yellow; Foul) – 47’
CHV – Donny Toia (Yellow; Foul) – 50’
RSL – John Stertzer (Yellow: Tactical foul) – 72’
Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Jeff Attinella; Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Abdoulie Mansally (Olmes Garcia, 73’); Cole Grossman (John Stertzer, 63’); Luis Gil, Luke Mulholland; Javier Morales (C); Joao Plata, Robbie Findley (Sebastian Velasquez, 63’)
Substitutes not used: Lalo Fernandez (GK), Aaron Maund, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Devon Sandoval
Chivas USA (4-4-2): Dan Kennedy; Donny Toia, Carlos Bocanegra (C), Bobby Burling, Tony Lochhead; Eric Avila (Marky Delgado, 73’), Martin Rivero, Agustin Pelletieri, Mauro Rosales (Carlos Alvarez, 81’); Leandro Barrera (Ryan Finley, 84’), Erick Torres
Substitutes not used: Kristopher Tyrpak, Michael Nwiloh, Eriq Zavaleta, Matthew Dunn
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Fabio Tovar, Felisha Mariscal
4th Official: Ismail Elfath