MLS Game Summary - Real Salt Lake at New York|
(Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Real Salt Lake 0, New York 0
Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - Real Salt Lake tied Red Bull New York, 0-0, on
Saturday at Red Bull Arena to extend its unbeaten streak to 12 games in Major
Real Salt Lake hit the post twice in the first half as it tried to pull within
two points of the Los Angeles Galaxy for the top overall record in the Western
Conference and MLS, but is now four points back with two games to play.
RSL (14-4-10) goalkeeper Nick Rimando made just one save for his 13th shutout,
which leads MLS. Real, which has lost just once in its last 23 games, finishes
the regular season with games against FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids.
New York (14-8-6), which passed the Columbus Crew to take over first place in
the Eastern Conference standings last weekend, extended its lead to two points
with the draw. Columbus lost to the Chicago Fire, 2-0, on Friday night.
"It was a very tight game, it never really opened up," New York manager Hans
Backe said. "There weren't many scoring chances, it was very tight throughout.
They are very strong in the back and they can defend well.
"This is a type of game when two teams are in good shape, are well organized,
so a result of a tie is OK."
New York had the first scoring chance inside five minutes, but Mehdi Ballouchy
couldn't sneak a 16-yard half-volley past Nick Rimando to the bottom left.
Real followed with the first of two shots off the post in the opening half, as
Andy Williams made a nice turn in the area to open space but drilled the right
upright in the ninth.
Rafael Marquez whistled a shot just by the left post from 35 yards in the 22nd
and RSL found the post again three minutes later, as New York survived another
scare. Robbie Russell was denied by the left post off a shot from outside the
area that like Williams' shot, easily had N.Y. goalie Greg Sutton beat.
Juan Pablo Angel turned a header over the bar in the 69th on the first scoring
chance for either side after half, then Real's Paulo Araujo Jr. slipped a shot
between two defenders but Sutton was in position to make an easy save.
Sutton made another save eight minutes from time when he crashed into his left
post to knock down a free kick from Javier Morales, and a cross back into the
area was cleared by the Red Bulls.
Angel had one more look with three minutes remaining, but fired wide right off
a shot from the left side.
Sutton, starting with Bouna Coundoul away on international duty, finished with
two saves for his second shutout in only three starts this season.
"I think we did enough to perhaps earn the three points, but all in all it was
a fairly even game," Real manager Jason Kreis said. "I think we were also a
little fortunate not to give anything away, probably a just result."
Real Salt Lake visits FC Dallas on Oct. 16, when New York visits Philadelphia
with a chance to wrap up the Eastern Conference regular-season title. Both RSL
and New York previously clinched playoff berths.
10/09 21:02:23 ET