Real Salt Lake anxious to start new streaks

Published: Sunday, May 1 2011 8:45 p.m. MDT

PORTLAND, Ore. — Real Salt Lake's aura of invincibility is gone.

After getting off to a 4-0 start in MLS this season and advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League final, the consensus around the league was that Real Salt Lake was virtually unbeatable.

That all changed this past week with shutout losses to Monterrey and Portland.

Monterrey ended Real Salt Lake's bid for continental glory by halting the team's 37-match home unbeaten streak over all competitions.

On Saturday night, Portland capitalized on RSL's first-half troubles for a 1-0 victory, ending another impressive streak. The visitors went into the match on an 18-game regular-season unbeaten streak, one shy of tying the league record.

When Real Salt Lake returns to action this Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium against Chivas USA, its numerous streaks have all been reset to zero.

"With the ending of everything comes the beginning of something new," said Kreis. "We've got a full week to prepare for what should be a fantastic May with a lot of home games."

With four of its next five games at home, things are set up nicely for Real Salt Lake to bounce back quickly.

Kyle Beckerman said that despite the disappointing week, the guys are still confident.

"We're going through like every team does, a little rough patch, and we haven't had that in a long time. It's up to the older guys and veterans to get us through this time and make sure we get back to where we believe we can be as quick as possible," said Beckerman.

He believes one victory will right the ship.

Looking back on Saturday's first half, Beckerman said RSL, "just went to sleep, and we haven't done that in a long time, and we paid for it."

Feeding off the energy of the crowd at JELD-WEN Field, Portland put Real Salt Lake under a lot of pressure early. Beckerman said the team had no choice but to try and absorb it.

To RSL's credit, despite not looking sharp and going down a goal in the 22nd minute, it never panicked. It didn't look comfortable either until the second half, but amidst those struggles, RSL kept the Timbers' attack in check, reiterating why it's the toughest team in the league to break down defensively.

"They got some momentum with the crowd, but we still had the ball in their end. They let us possess the ball, but we could've been sharper with the ball and knocked it around a little bit more," said Chris Wingert.

With back-to-back 1-0 losses, both on first half goals, a point of emphasis in the coming weeks for Salt Lake will definitely be to sharpen up the focus early in the match.

Dallas beat Galaxy

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Brek Shea scored in the 87th minute to lift FC Dallas to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.

The game was stopped in the 83rd minute because of lightning, and most of the announced crowd of 21,867 did not return after the intermission and missed seeing Shea's goal.

FC Dallas (3-3-1) snapped a five-game unbeaten streak for the Galaxy (4-2-3).

The Galaxy's Landon Donovan scored his third goal of the year in the 51st minute.

Fabian Castillo gave FC Dallas a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute with his first career MLS goal.

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