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RSL: Watson provides spark

Published June 9, 2005 1:09 am

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“I had 20 minutes to make an impact.

I knew that people were slowing down.

I just ran around and made something happen.”

JAMIE WATSON

on netting two assists in the game's final twenty minutes

- Real Salt Lake Coach John Ellinger employed his reserves, and Jamie Watson made the biggest impact by having a hand in all three goals scored in the second half.

“Jamie obviously gave us a big spark,” Ellinger said. “I just started pulling people back, but Jamie had a lot of energy. He wants to be in it. He proves he belongs in this league.”

In the 70th minute of the game, Watson came in for Dante Washington and provided the team with a much needed boost. He had two assists in his short time on the field.

“I had 20 minutes to make an impact,” said Watson, in his second appearance with RSL. “I knew that people were slowing down. I just ran around and made something happen.”

Real, which has been having trouble scoring, was pleasantly surprised by the newcomer's game. Watson has played mostly with the reserve team so far this season. Before Wednesday, he played only a minute in a tie with San Jose.

“He got an opportunity to get on the field and he made the most of it,” Washington said. “Hats off to him. Everybody's fighting for position, though. He needs to make that a regular performance.”

Watson's first assist came in the 73rd minute to Kenny Cutler. Four minutes later, Watson was fouled in the box, which resulted in a Dipsy Selolwane goal on a penalty kick. The game-winning goal was scored by Nelson Akwari in the 88th minute.

“He put it in the backing post and I was there,” said Akwari.

But Watson will be the first to say that it wasn't all him. He gave the most credit to his teammates.

“It was everybody. We showed that we can come in, even if the night's not going well, and still win,” Watson said. “The first one, it was pretty much all Kenny. The second one, I knew he was going to slide in and fortunately, he got it. The third one, I saw some guys in there and I whipped it in. We kept our heads in the game and we came out on top.”

For Watson, it was an opportunity he had been waiting for some time.

“It feels good to finally get a chance to show it,” Watson said. “I have a smaller window of opportunity. . . . I want to make the boss feel happy. I'll take that every day of the week.”