Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Real Salt Lake team celebrates 2-0 lead against San Jose Earthquakes in the second half at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, March 3, 2013. (Josie Lepe/Staff)
Real Salt Lake happy heading home with 3 points
Soccer » After splitting two games on road, Real Salt Lake ready for home opener.
First Published Mar 10 2013 10:34 pm • Last Updated May 31 2013 11:32 pm

Real Salt Lake was inches away from escaping the nation’s capital with a draw.

If midfielder Sebastian Velasquez had taken a step or two forward, it likely would have put D.C. United’s Lionard Pajoy in an offside position, negating his game-winning header. Or if one of the second-half blasts from Khari Stephenson or Lovel Palmer had been inches in one direction or another, the ball might have squeaked past United goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

At a glance

Rapids at RSL

Saturday, 4 p.m.

TV » Ch. 4

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Even so, coming away from a two-game road trip on opposite coasts with three points is enough to make RSL coach Jason Kreis happy.

"If you would have offered me three points before the season started," he said after the 1-0 loss Saturday in Washington, D.C., "I would have taken it every single day."

Real goalkeeper Nick Rimando agrees.

"Yeah, whenever you get at least one win out of those two, you’re doing okay," he said. "You know, [we’re] battling injuries — some guys stepped up. It feels good coming back home with three points."

Salt Lake earned those points with a season-opening 2-0 win at San Jose on March 3.

RSL now plays its first match of the season at Rio Tinto Stadium, a venue that saw the home team go undefeated in 34 straight matches from 2009 to 2011. Last season, RSL went 12-4-3 in all competitions at Rio Tinto, outscoring opponents 29-15 in the process.

"If we play like we did tonight, especially in front of our fans and get the energy from them, it’s going to be an exciting night for us next weekend," Rimando said. "It’s good to be home, and we’re excited to be there and finally get this road trip out of the way."

Saturday’s matchup against the Colorado Rapids is the first of three legs in the Rocky Mountain Cup, a rivalry RSL has dominated for the past six seasons.


story continues below
story continues below

"We’re excited, of course," RSL captain and former Colorado Rapid Kyle Beckerman said. "We get to open our stadium. I think our fans are really looking forward to playing a game in the stadium against our rivals. It’s always a big one."

So if failing to earn a point against D.C. hurt, it’s time to leave the pain behind, RSL forward Robbie Findley said after the loss.

"We were hoping to get a result, but it is what it is, you know?" he said. "So now we got to focus on next week’s training and get ourselves ready for the Saturday match, and we got to get a definite three points at home."

afalk@sltrib.comTwitter: @aaronfalk



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.