November 12th, 2013
Real Salt Lake will be taking on LA Galaxy the second leg of the conference semifinal. Ahead of the match, Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis has said that LA Galaxy are in a great position despite the home advantage of his team. Kreis has said that LA Galaxy are a team who play extremely well on the counter-attack. He has also said that Bruce Arena makes his team defensively well-organised. Due to the 1-0 advantage they bring into the match, this match will be perfect for LA Galaxy according to Kreis.
Real Salt Lake have been on an excellent season so far, but they need to get past this difficult tie in order to show for their efforts this season. Sean Franklin scored the only goal of the game in the first leg. LA Galaxy are expected to put men behind the ball in the hope of protecting their advantage. In recent times, this has been a major source of problem for Real Salt Lake, as they have struggled to break down opposition with this tactical attitude. Captain Kyle Beckerman is staying positive because they have done well in order to reach this level.
He is confident of progress to the finals by beating LA Galaxy.
“I think that this game, unfortunately, plays to the Galaxy’s strength. We understand that we are in a dangerous position. But, so what?” It’s what they do well. They defend very well, and they counter very well,” said Kreis. “No reason to be down. We also played the whole season to be in a situation to get into a position where you have the second leg at your place. It’s all there for us,” said RSL captain Kyle Beckerman to the reporters.
Real Salt Lake have not been involved in league matches since the last week of October.
November 4th, 2013
Jeff Larentowicz knows what it takes to take a team from the cusp of a playoff elimination to winning a trophy and the midfielder will be hoping to repeat that feat again now with the Chicago Fire.
Larentowicz tasted MLS success in 2010 with the Colorado Rapids, and the 30-year old looks set to be an important part of Chicago’s plans of repeating that achievement with the Fire this season. Read the rest of this entry »
October 16th, 2013
Mike Magee is surely on the shortlist for Major League Soccer’s MVP award after another stellar performance on Saturday night sent Chicago Fire into the top half of the Eastern Conference.
Magee scored a goal and created another as the Fire brushed past FC Dallas 3-2 to record their second win on the bounce and push towards a playoff place. Read the rest of this entry »
August 29th, 2013
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando has not featured for Real Salt Lake for the last month. In fact, his last game for the club was back in June. Hence, many were sceptical about the chances of Rimando helping the club, who were on a bad run of form. The team was coming into the weekend’s match against Colorado Rapids on the back of two consecutive defeats in the league. This has eroded the lead they have had in the table. Even though Rimando was unable to see his team win against Colorado Rapids, Rimando produced one of the impressive performances in the Real Salt Lake jersey.
This earned the praise of his manager and teammates alike. The club managed a 2-2 draw with Colorado Rapids, but they could have easily lost the match had it not been for the reflexes of Rimando. He produced several stunning saves over the match to give his team at least a point from the encounter. Grabavoy gave the lead for Real Salt Lake after just 2 min, but they were not able to hold on to the lead for much longer because of Brown’s equaliser in the ninth minute. Castrillón’s 71st minute goal then cancelled out the penalty from Saborío in the 21st minute.
“Stunning, absolutely stunning. He continues what I think is easily, hands down, the best year of his entire playing career. Without Nick Rimando in that game, I think we lose it,” said Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis. “Yes, we didn’t win the Rocky Mountain Cup, and that means a lot to the fans, but we got a result. We are still ahead of Colorado in the standings, and most important, we got to keep our confidence up and very important game on Wednesday,” said the 34-year-old goalkeeper after the Colorado Rapids match.
July 1st, 2013
LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena has revealed that he is extremely embarrassed after his team only managed a 3-2 defeat at the hands of San Jose Earthquakes.
It was a match that they should have won comfortably after they were leading the match 2-1 with only a few minutes to go. However, they conceded two goals in the final few minutes to lose the match 3-2. The team looked completely in control of the match going into the last 30 min. Marcelo Sarvas had given the lead for LA Galaxy in the 19th minute. Read the rest of this entry »