What a great night of soccer. It was chilly, but not cold, and the atmosphere in
the stadium was great! I would have liked to have taken a 3-0 lead to Costa
Rica, but I think we can grind out a tie down there. I watched the replay on the
CONCACAF website and there was no foul, at least on Borchers. The only thing I
would have changed would have been to sub out Espindola earlier, seemed like he
was worn out after about the 75th minute.Time to switch our focus to
the MLS for a few weeks. Go Real!
Superior win! Lagerway/Kreis are quietly and masterfully charting an exciting
new world of US soccer. It is funny to hear the national focus on Arena, Donovon
and Beckham when it really should be on the RSL brain trust and their mighty yet
muted fighting Lions. Way to go! Beat Saprissa one more time!
Nice job guys!!!
Great Win! Hopefully Real will bring home some CONCACAF Hardware!
Everyone MLS team in the country is suddenly talking about switching to a
posession oriented game. It is because of the success that RSL has had that all
the other teams want to be like us. It is just unfortunate that the media will
never pay attention to a Salt Lake team. Like today, the big news on MLSnet is
that Blaise Nkufo quit the Sounders, not that RSL won their first leg.
Whatever.The game was good, I got a little nervouse by the let down in the
first half. It was too bad that the ref called that first goal back. I would be
feeling much better with a three goal lead. I felt that Kreis had a weird
substitution plan also. Taking the best man off the field and then adding a
fresh striker with only about 5 munites to play? I think it would have been
better to insert Alvarez with about 15 to play and let Williams work with him
for a few before leaving the game.
Alvarez is not a striker in our system. Kries has said that he is playing a
midfield role, which is why he was put in.
Either way Alvarez's first showing was poor...I feel bad for Nat but if the loss
of his goal contributed to their away goal being dis-allowed then I can accept
it...Still would have liked a third, maybe if Paulo was in instead of AA...
Very phantom foul called on Borchers' goal. No offsides, so must have been a
foul on him somehow. Didn't like that there was a foul called against RSL on
almost every corner kick, too.In any case, GREAT showing by the
team. They are really talented and so fun to watch - amazing how far they've
come in a few years. GOOOOOOO REAL!
RSL has a "touch-pass" playing style more similar to european teams,
and is one of the reasons they let Finley go - because it places a greater
emphasis on the technical aspect of the game, rather than speed. Such teams
don't just launch the ball down field every chance they get but methodically
work towards goal. Which on another note, I'm not sure why washed-up
european players come to MLS, where there is more running and rougher play.
Did not understand why we did not see Paulo in Columbus or why we did not see
him last night? Borchers goal being disallowed was a joke! I have seen the
replay numerous times and no argument can be made to suggest it was a foul.A single away goal in two weeks in Costa Rica would be huge in this series.
Borchers goal not being allowed a horrible call. The refs also made a phantom
call against Saprissa by disallowing that goal. If you watched the replay of
the disallowed saprissa goal there was a no call offside tho so it ended up
being fair IMO.
iRSSfanI think you are wrong. Flag went up correctly on the original cross
into the box for offsides. what happened after that was a dead play.
After watching the replay again it confirmed what I said earlier. The offside
flag didn't come up until much later than the offside occured. Watch the replay
georg you will see that the ref hesitated like he was going to call the original
offside then ran further down the sideline and raised his flag right before the
goal was scored. If he was calling the offside he would have raised his flag at
the 18 where the offside occurred. Pretty sure the ref was calling something
else which ended up making up for the missed offside call.
Or ref waited correctly to see if the player in an off-side position became
active in the play. I watched the play numerous times and the original cross
resulted in a off-side infraction.
I can see how you can think that. If that was what the ref was doing I guess I
don't understand why he waited until after the ball was in the back of the net
to raise his flag. The player who was offside was the first player to touch the
ball and he didn't call it until after the goal.