San Jose, Calif. (Saturday, June 24, 2017) – Real Salt Lake’s (5-11-2, 17 pts) road struggles continued on Saturday, falling 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.
Late second-half substitute MF José Hernandez notched his first career goal in Major League Soccer when he tucked the ball past San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham but it settled as a consolation for the Claret-and-Cobalt.
The first half of action saw both RSL and San Jose start lively with chances on either end before the Quakes found the breakthrough in the 13th minute. Quake’s midfielder Danny Hoesen opened the scoring when he fired a high shot past RSL GK Nick Rimando.
In the second half RSL got out to a stronger start putting San Jose on their heels in the first 15 minutes of the half with their best chance coming when FW Joao Plata struck woodwork when his free kick bounced off the post in the 52nd minute. San Jose doubled their lead just 14 minutes later through Marco Urena as he capitalized on a San Jose counter attack, deflating the RSL attack.
UP NEXT: RSL will return to Rio Tinto Stadium for a cross-conference matchup, hosting Orlando City SC on June 30 for the only regular season bout between the two sides in 2017 (7:30 pm MST kickoff). In 2016 RSL and OCSC played to a thrilling 2-2 draw in Orlando as the Lions drew even with the last kick of the match, leaving RSL with a sour taste after the opening weekend. The Claret-and-Cobalt will look to take all three points when former coach Jason Kreis returns to Rio Tinto for the first time since becoming the head man at Orlando City.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
SJ – Danny Hoesen, 13th minute: A ball crossed to the far side of RSL’s penalty area found the feet of Hoesen who did well to send three RSL defenders the wrong way. As he separated himself from the RSL defense he slammed a shot past goalkeeper Nick Rimando for the game’s first goal.
SJ – Marco Urena (Danny Hoeson), 69th minute: A long ball forward from San Jose midfielder Danny Hoesen sent Urena down the right side of the field looking for a shot on goal. Urena found his shot as he found the side netting just inside the far post as he slammed it past RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
RSL – José Hernandez (Sebastian Saucedo, Luke Mulholland) 90+4th minute: With the last kick of the game the RSL youngster slotted home his first in MLS as he touched the ball past San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham.
KEY SAVES AND DEFENSIVE STOPS:
SJ – David Bingham, 7th minute: RSL midfielder Jefferson Savarino found space on his left foot just outside the box. Savarino picked his head up and fired a shot towards Bingham’s near post but the San Jose net minder did well to gather the shot.
SJ – Jahmir Hyka, 38th minute: A quick RSL counter attack saw Joao Plata spring into the box looking for a shot. Plata created a window of opportunity for a shot but Hyka’s sliding challenge defused the chance for RSL.
RSL – Nick Rimando, 43rd minute: San Jose defender Nick Lima found himself in the box looking for a shot towards Rimando’s far post. Lima attempted the curling shot but Rimando saw it the whole way as he parried away the shot.
RSL – Nick Rimando, 50th minute: San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski made a checking run into the box and then received the ball outside the box. He took a shot and fired a low shot which ended as a comfortable save for Rimando as he dove low to his left to save the shot.
RSL – Nick Rimando, 56th minute: San Jose midfielder Marco Urena rounded RSL defender Aaron Maund as he darted in on goal. Rimando closed the angle of the shot at the near post and made himself big as he saved Urena’s attempt.
SJ – David Bingham, 90+2nd minute: A corner kick from RSL gave defender Aaron Maund a rare chance on goal but his header was saved well by Bingham as he punched over the bar.
- Midfielder José Hernández scored his first goal in Major League Soccer when he tucked home a left footed effort with the last kick of the game to end San Jose’s hopes for a shutout.
- RSL is now 9-10-9 all-time against SJ, scoring 39 goals in the 28 games played against the Quakes.
- RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman missed the match against San Jose due to yellow card accumulation, joining a list of eight players that were out of actions on Saturday that included MF Albert Rusnák, who was away with Slovakia at the UEFA U-21 Championship, along with DF Demar Phillips, DF Chris Schuler, DF Tony Beltran, MF Sunny, FW Jordan Allen and FW Chad Barrett who were out with injuries.
Match: Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes
Date: June 24, 2017
Venue: Avaya Stadium; San Jose, California
Weather: Mostly Cloudy and 71 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 1
San Jose Earthquakes 1 1 2
SJ – Danny Hoesen 13’
SJ – Marco Urena (Danny Hoeson) 68’
RSL – José Hernandez (Sebastian Saucedo, Luke Mulholland) 90+4’
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert (Sebastian Saucedo 74’), Justen Glad, Aaron Maund, Danilo Acosta; Brooks Lennon, Luke Mulholland, Jefferson Savarino (Ricardo Velazco 81’), Joao Plata; Luis Silva (José Hernandez, 85’) Yura Movsisyan.
Subs not used: Matt VanOekel, David Horst, Justin Schmidt, Omar Holness
San Jose: (4-3-3): David Bingham; Cordell Cato, Andrés Imperiale, Victor Bernárdez, Nick Lima; Jahmir Hyka (Tommy Thompson, 87’), Darwin Cerén, Anibal Godoy, Danny Hoesen (She Salinas, 74’); Marco Urena (Kofi Sarkodie, 73’), Chris Wondolowski
Subs not used: Andrew Tarbell, Lindo Mfeka, Jackson Yueill
Stats Summary: SJ/RSL
Shots: 17 / 11
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 9
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 6 / 1
SJ - Andrés Imperiale (caution) 50’
SJ – Nick Lima (caution) 67’
SJ – Nick Lima (second caution) 71’
RSL – Sebastian Saucedo (caution) 89’
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel, Logan Brown
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal