Real Salt Lake runs home unbeaten streak to six with 2-2 draw against Columbus

SANDY, UT (Saturday, June 27, 2015) – Real Salt Lake twice took the lead over Columbus Crew SC, but twice Columbus bounced back with equalizers and RSL had to settle for a 2-2 draw on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

FW Olmes Garcia and FW Sebastian Jaime each netted their second goal of the year – and second in a week after both scored in a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City last Sunday.  RSL outshot Crew SC 14-7, but two opportunistic goals from Columbus and a late red card to Salt Lake meant one point would be all RSL would get, moving to 5-6-7 (22 points) on the season.

RSL put the Crew under pressure from the opening kick.

In the fifth minute, MF Luke Mulholland swung a free kick in from the right side and DF Phanuel Kavita got a foot to it and caromed high for a goal kick.  After a quick Columbus turnover, Jaime got another shot off the deflected away for a corner kick, which resulted in a scrum in front of the box and another narrow miss for RSL.

The Claret-and-Cobalt held the offensive advantage through the first half and finally broke through in the 36th minute on a free kick on the edge of the Columbus box.  Mulholland played it short to MF Kyle Beckerman who played a one-touch pass to FW Joao Plata flaring up the right side.  Plata headed a pass back across the goal to the far post for Garcia to touch it into the net for his second goal of the season, giving RSL the 1-0 lead.

The lead didn’t last though, as Columbus equalized through Tony Tchani.  Hector Jimenez crossed the ball to the middle of the box from the right side and Tchani froze GK Nick Rimando with a shot inside the far post for his second goal of the season to send the match into halftime tied at 1-1.

After the intermission, RSL quickly snatched the lead back when Jaime scored his second goal of the season.

DF Abdoulie Mansally sent a long ball over the top that looked like it was going to bounce harmlessly to Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark, but Jaime knifed between Emanuel Pogatetz and Clark and lofted a shot over Clark’s head and into the net for a 2-1 lead just seconds into the second half.

In the 55th minute, MF Luis Gil nearly added to the lead when he brought the ball down at the edge of the box and flicked a shot over Clark’s head, but he got a hand to it and parried it just over the bar for a corner kick.

Columbus would again find an equalizer in the 62nd minute.  Kei Kamara sprung Federico Higuain up the right side.  He found an opening behind the RSL defense and crossed to Ethan Finlay alone at the far post for an unmarked goal to make it 2-2.

RSL Head Coach Jeff Cassar made some late subs to push for the match-winner, but FW Jordan Allen was shown a red card in the 77th minute, just 10 minutes after entering the match, and RSL was reduced to 10 men.  Even down a man, RSL had opportunities to put another goal on the board, but Plata missed an attempt in the 79th minute and Garcia had his stoppage-time effort saved by Clark and the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

RSL stays at home with two more matches next week.  It starts against the Portland Timbers in the Round of 16 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. MT as part of a doubleheader that starts with Real Monarchs SLC hosting Sacramento Republic in USL play.  The week concludes for RSL with an Independence Day home match against Orlando City SC, marking Salt Lake’s first match against the expansion club.

Real Salt Lake Match Notes – RSLvCLB
-       MF Javier Morales and DF Demar Phillips both served red-card suspensions on Saturday.  DF Jamison Olave and DF Chris Schuler also missed the match due to injury while DF Elias Vasquez and FW Alvaro Saborio are away on international duty.
-       GK Nick Rimando and MF Kyle Beckerman will leave on Sunday to join the U.S. National Team ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
-       DF Phanuel Kavita made his MLS debut on Saturday night.  The product of the RSL-AZ Academy grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Highland High School.  DF Boyd Okwuonu also made his MLS debut, coming on as a sub in the 79th minute. Both had previously appeared for RSL in the U.S. Open Cup.


Goals by Period                    1          2          F
Real Salt Lake                        1          1          2
Columbus Crew SC               1          1          2

Scoring Summary:

RSL: Olmes Garcia (Joao Plata, Kyle Beckerman) 36’
CLB: Tony Tchani (Hector Jimenez, Ethan Finlay) 42’
RSL: Sebastian Jaime (Abdoulie Mansally) 46’
CLB: Ethan Finlay (Federico Higuain, Kei Kamara) 62’

Misconduct Summary:

RSL: Tony Beltran (Yellow, Foul) 47+’
RSL: Luke Mulholland (Yellow, Foul) 59’
RSL: Devon Sandoval (Yellow, Foul) 70’
CLB: Waylon Francis (Yellow, Foul) 73’
RSL: Aaron Maund (Yellow, Foul) 76’
RSL: Jordan Allen (Red, Serious Foul) 77’
CLB: Kei Kamara (Yellow, Foul) 82’

Real Salt Lake (4-3-3): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Aaron Maund, Phanuel Kavita, Abdoulie Mansally (Jordan Allen 67’); Kyle Beckerman, Luke Mulholland, Luis Gil; Olmes Garcia, Sebastian Jaime (Devon Sandoval 67’), Joao Plata (Boyd Okwuonu 80’).
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Pecka, Sebastian Saucedo, John Stertzer.

Columbus Crew (4-2-3-1): Steve Clark; Hector Jimenez (Chad Barson 62’), Emanuel Pogatetz, Michael Parkhurst, Waylon Francis (Tyson Wahl 81’); Mohammed Saeid, Tony Tchani; Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram (Kristinn Steindorsson 67’); Kei Kamara.
Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Adam Bedell, Kevan George, Aaron Schoenfeld.

Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Eduardo Mariscal
4th Official: Baboucarr Jallow
Attendance: 20,171
Weather: Partly cloudy and 97