RSL notebook: Seating shift sends message to MLS official
SANDY — RSL coach Jason Kreis never really came out and vented publicly about his displeasure with the officiating job by Allen Chapman in last Saturday's match at San Jose.
With Chapman serving as the fourth official on Saturday against Colorado, Kreis got his message across loud and clear in a much more subtle way.
Instead of sitting in his customary spot on the south end of RSL's bench, Kreis and his coaching staff sat at the opposite end of the bench. Kreis also declined to shake Chapman's hand before the match.
When asked about it afterward, Kreis joked that it was nice and quiet at that end of the bench.
He was definitely trying to send a message to somebody with the seating arrangement.
"There was definitely a very well thought out reason for doing it, but I'm not going to discuss why," said Kreis.
RSL has a bit of a history with Chapman. He was the center ref in a game with Kansas City last preseason that resulted in a postgame fight.
MOMENT OF SILENCE: Real Salt Lake observed a moment of silence to honor the shooting victims in Aurora, Colo., prior to Saturday's kickoff against the Colorado Rapids.
Colorado native Nat Borchers of RSL expressed sympathy for those affected by the incident.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to everybody affected by the shooting in Aurora. It's really sad. Especially the Colorado community having to deal with Columbine back in 1999. I was really thinking about those families and people affected by that," said Borchers.
The moment of silence was also for Colorado front office employee Marisa Colaiano, who died of complications from multiple sclerosis earlier this week.
CUP RUNNETH OVER: For Real Salt Lake, Saturday's victory clinched another Rocky Mountain Cup title in its rivalry with Colorado.
It was RSL's sixth straight title after the Rapids won it the first two years. RSL's Kyle Beckerman, who was suspended on Saturday, has been on the winning side of all eight Rocky Mountain Cups. He won the first two with Colorado in 2005 and 2006 before being traded to RSL midway through the 2007 season.
Interestingly enough, RSL's record against Colorado since acquiring Beckerman is 7-2-5.
Chris Wingert is another player who has lifted the Cup for both teams, winning with Colorado in 2006 and RSL ever since.
SOLE POSSESSION: With Saturday's victory in goal, Nick Rimando moved into sole possession of second place in the MLS record books for career victories with 132.
He moved into a tie with Zach Thornton with his 131st career victory against Portland two weeks ago, and now owns the second spot all on his own.
Rimando says he'd love to get to No. 1 some day, but he'll need to keep playing for several more years. Kevin Hartman owns the all-time MLS record for goalkeeper wins with 176, and he's still playing with FC Dallas.
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