MLS Game Summary - Real Salt Lake at Philadelphia|
(Saturday, June 11, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Real Salt Lake 1, Philadelphia 1
Chester, PA (Sports Network) - It was a tale of two halves as Real Salt Lake
battled to a 1-1 draw at the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer action
at PPL Park on Saturday.
Philadelphia (6-3-4) dominated the first half but had one goal called back and
struck both the post and crossbar en route to just a 1-0 advantage after 45
"For me, a tale of two halves," RSL coach Jason Kreis said. "We were pretty
abysmal, to be honest, in the first half. Not enough fighting. Not enough
competitive spirit. We were second to everything. I think we have to be
fortunate that we only allowed one goal.
"Credit to Philadelphia. They probably should've been two or three (goals)
RSL (6-3-3) made the young Union pay for the missed chances when it got the
equalizer early in the second half before locking things down and taking
control of the game.
"The reaction in the second half was fantastic," Kreis said. "We were
fighting. We were contesting the ball better. We were more aggressive with our
decisions. We spent more time in their half of the field. It is exactly the
way we want to play."
Perhaps it was the fact that Real Salt Lake was missing key players to the
CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Perhaps it was the fact that RSL had played a hard-fought MLS fixture at
Columbus three days earlier.
Perhaps it was the fact that the Union just strung together that good of an
opening 45 minutes, because they looked head and shoulders better than the
former MLS Cup champs.
Sebastien Le Toux almost got the game's first goal in the 22nd minute when he
slammed home a Keon Daniel service form close range, but referee Jorge
Gonzalez ruled Daniel offside, negating the goal.
Just three minutes later Daniel got the opening goal, his first of the season,
when he got on the end of a Michael Farfan service from the right side and
powered a header past RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
The Union narrowly missed going up two on a couple chances in the next couple
minutes when Carlos Valdes knocked a throw-in off the post and Le Toux hit the
top of the cross bar with a shot.
"It's frustrating because we know that we should be in first place, still
(being) two points ahead of New York," Union coach Peter Nowak said.
"Especially because (RSL) didn't create anything."
RSL got the equalizer in the 53rd minute on a counter attack started by a Jean
Alexandre stuff and pass from the midfield to Fabian Espindola, who outran two
Union defenders before playing a low, hard shot with his left just inside the
right post, past the outstretched fingers of Faryd Mondragon. Is was
Espindola's third goal of the season.
"Fabian, right now, has been a difference maker for us," Kreis said. "He's
been a guy that has been finding some spaces. He's been an important,
important player for us in the last three games. Probably working as hard, if
not harder, than any player on the field."
06/11 19:39:57 ET