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Saturday, June 23, 2012
(All times Eastern)
San Jose (9-3-3) at Real Salt Lake (10-4-2), 9 p.m.
Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Real Salt Lake will be eager to return to action
on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium against the San Jose Earthquakes after
squandering a two-goal lead in Wednesday's 3-2 defeat to the Los Angeles
RSL was riding a seven-game unbeaten streak heading into the match and looked
to be a safe bet to extend that run after goals from Kyle Beckerman and Alvaro
Saborio in the first 25 minutes.
However, RSL let the Galaxy back into the match with a goal from Landon
Donovan before halftime, and the visitors tallied two more times after the
break to snatch the win.
"You go into the locker room 2-1 up at halftime and we think that we're still
in control, we are still in the driver's seat, but we gave up that second
goal," said RSL defender Nat Borchers. "Then we tried to push to go for the
win, because that's what we do when we're at home, we're always going to try
Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis was pleased with the start of the game and
happy with how his team responded once they went behind, but obviously there
was a lot that went wrong in between.
"I thought we approached the game in the right way," Kreis said. "We were
really aggressive with our spirit and aggressive with the ball. We got the
ball in their half of the field, strung some nice passes together, got some
nice chances to score and took them. I'm really, really pleased with how we
started the match and then not pleased with a lot of things from there.
However, I will say that I'm pleased the guys never gave up. They were going
after the win until the 95th minute, so there was no quit in them tonight."
There was certainly no quit in San Jose in Wednesday's 2-1 win at the Colorado
Rapids as the Earthquakes scored two goals in the last seven minutes to steal
Chris Wondolowski returned to the San Jose lineup for the first time since May
19 after being away on international duty. And even though he didn't make a
huge impact on the match, he still managed to score the winning goal from the
penalty spot and create openings for others.
"Any time you've got the Golden Boot winner, it's good to have him on your
side," Gordon said of Wondolowski's return. "He's dangerous, he gets into good
spots, and [opponents] have to change their game plan when he's on the field.
So it creates a little more space for other guys and we played better with
him, for sure."
Wondolowski acknowledged that his team wasn't at its best on Wednesday, but
was pleased with the fact that they kept pushing and in the end came away with
"I didn't think we were playing our best, but we were creating opportunities,
which is all you can really ask for," Wondolowski said. "I thought our defense
did really well trying to limit their opportunities. It was great to keep
pounding away and get those goals."
06/22 15:16:12 ET