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Published: Wednesday, April 27 2011 7:00 p.m. MDT

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Magna, UT

Why do the teams in this state, college, semi-pro, or pro, always choke on the biggest stages? I am so tired of being a "runner-up." Don't give me that RSL won the MLS Cup stuff either; that was nothing more than winning a conference tourney in college basketball and this was our sides' chance to make the "Final Four," so to speak. And what do they do? Choke against a garbage team from Monterrey that had not won in stinkin' month.

RSL not only lost the game, their home unbeaten streak, the chance to win over more fans in this state, and a chance at a $16 million dollar purse in December, but a chance for international respect also. This was RSL's big chance and they blew it. They will likely never get this opportunity again.

Finally, for all of this talk about Saborio being such great striker, what has he really done all year let alone in the CONCACAF? He gave the ball away tonight, which led to their sides' lucky goal. I will not jump off the band-wagon at all here like most, but RSL, its fans and this state lost Big tonight. :-(

Highland, UT

We sure needed beckerman tonight. I thought we played very good. Although, we had some defensive lapses toward the end of the 1st half. I was very disappointed in Espindola's play tonight. Poor first touch and missed several key shots on goal. He couldn't put anything on frame and his headers were childish.

But, super effort. I thought we were going to put the magic goal away. I really wanted to win considering the way the Mexican team played. I think their team deserved a nomination to the Academy Awards. They didn't deserve the win. Kries is amazing. Morales did some great things. We have a great team. We'll do it again!

san tan valley, az

Tough loss to take but I am glad RSL doesn't play the brand of soccer exhibited by Monterrey. Time wasting (with the yellow cards to prove it), flopping, faking injuries (with the yellow cards to prove it) and list goes on. The MSL is only going to get stronger and leave the Mexico Professional First Division teams in the dust.

Holladay, UT

Tough loss for sure, sort of reminded me of the Western Conference Final against the NY Red Bulls in 2008. How crazy would it have been if we had scored in the dying minutes?

Time to get back on the horse and dominate the MLS, we have a game this Saturday at Portland. This is another unique feature of this tournament. Normally when you lose something like this your season is over, but ours is just starting with only 4 of 34 league games played.

Hopefully a few more fans were converted, including Monterrey fans, so we can continue to bring out the large crowds for future home matches.

Farmington, UT

Saw the story on the news at 10. Too bad that wide-open attempt went wide right. But that's why you play the games......to see is the better team on any given night.

Saratoga Springs, UT

RSL did not choke. They were never favored to win, and the media only gave them a chance after they way that they played in Mexico. We were lucky to get out of their with a tie, and the better team won tonight. Just because a team loses a game does not mean that they choke. They were outplayed, and they fought hard and lost 1-0.
And Saborio is coming off of a pretty bad knee injury that kept him out most of the preseason. Give him some time, and he will get back in form. This is not to excuse him for lack of scoring, but he has been off sinc all year because of the injury.
I think we will get a chance like this again. We are one of the best teams in MLS, and we will definately make it to CCL again. I think that our run in this tournament has shown teams that it is important, and I think that it is something that we can make it to every year.

Wapato, WA

The only way RSL is going to improve as a team is to play quality teams from overseas. The Americans can only benefit in improving their ball skills and team play by competing against quality opposition sides. For e.g two years ago the Seattle Sounders played two friendly international matches against Barcelona (Spain) and Chelsea (England) in Seattle and lost both games 0-4 and 0-3 against these two giants of world football. Seattle players skill factor improved greatly and almost won the MLS crown in 2009.
Football is not how many shots you have at goal, it is about capitalizing on your limited opportunities. We should be proud of RSL and the fans should get behind the team. RSL should play more matches against top-class teams from Europe and South America.

Steve Jensen
Herriman, UT

They played durty, peroid. The officals called nothing, which to be should have been a sign for RSL to play durty like them.
With All of the acting going on I thought I was watching the Lakers playing RSL. I mean the fake injuries and the time wasting, what a joke. They won, but it wasn't a pretty win for them. RSL should be able to learn from this and continue to improve.

salt lake city, utah

You cannot afford to give up a goal in the last minute of either half.

Bountiful, UT

Didn't realize how much I missed Findley and Mosvisian--I know that is the wrong spelling--but our forwards were awful tonight. Espindola... Man he can hustle like no one else, but he doesn't know how to get rid of the ball. He has to touch it five or six times before passing or getting a shot off. I love Saba, but an injured Saba... not so good. He really should have been resting these last few weeks and coming on in the last 15 minutes to give some spark, not playing the whole game. I am not trying to criticize. But if RSL's management had some sense they would try to get three good forwards and not just one and a half.

Nussdorfer AC
Salt Lake City, UT

Tough loss. We had so many chances, but we just couldn't get that final touch.

North Liberty, IA

Still feel sick when I think about how close we were to winning it all. Couldn't muster one single goal in Rio Tinto after scoring two in Mexico?

Hope the team can get there heads in the game for Portland this weekend, I'll probably still be moping, but a win would help.

Riverton, UT

Would have been nice for the ref to see at least one of the two or three hand balls in the box. One PK is all we needed, but the ref wasn't going to help us out that way. Everything was too rushed and Espindola was the worst rusher of them all. Needed to take a defender off and add Paulo sooner instead of taking Espy off in the last 8 minutes. I think we played well, but we should have against a neer Monterey B team due to injury and suspension.

Eagle Mountain, UT

@ Barkoffofapineapple
Go watch teams from another state then.
Real exceeded expectations(not hopes) of everyone in gettng this far. Utah has a good football going on and has won 2 BCS games. The jazz were in the finals 2 years in a row. The Stars won an ABA championship. BYU had an excellent bball team this past season and won several BIG games including Gonzaga and 2 games against SDSU.
How many teams started with a chance of winning the Concacaf? RSL finished a very close second. How many NCAA bball teams? Over 300. BYU ended in the top 16. How many football teams in Division 1? Over 120 and Utah has finished as high as 2 or 3. BYU regularly finishes in the top 25 and won a National Championship one year.

All these teams won a lot of games on the "biggest stages".
If you don't like it go root for Florida, Alabama or USC in football. Kentucky and Duke in Bball and the Lakers in the NBA. Then you can say your team won it all every few years.
Fair weather fan! and I mean that in the most pathetic way.

Saint Louis, MO

This was a "real big deal". Obviously, a big step for U.S. "football" soccer.

Syracuse, UT

I was still proud of our guys last night, hard fought, we can't help the flopping or over exagerration of pain on the other teams part. That is why I cannot stand the Mexican Style of soccer.

Magna, UT

@ TJ from Eagle Mountain:

You obviously did not read my words, I distinctly wrote: "I will not jump off the band-wagon at all here like most." Moreover, if you want to be a fool for being the bridesmaid and never the bride that's fine. However, I say that as fans, with the hard earned dollars we pay (You notice that our beloved Jazz have one of the highest payrolls in the WORLD, not just the NBA and what do they have to show for it?), and the loyal support we give, we deserve more than the perennial second-place finishes we always get.

Additionally, I've been a season ticket holder up at the U of U for football and basketball for 35 years, as well as a Jazz fan since they moved here from NOLA. I also have season tickets to the Utah Blaze for Pete's sake and am a frequent attendee to RSL, the Grizzlies and Bees, so don't preach to me about "pathetic-fairweather-fans." I'll tell you what's "pathetic," fans like you who don't have the courage to call their teams out and ask them to win Championships.

Farmington, UT

I have been a vocal supporter of RSL since they arrived in Salt Lake, and I'm so impressed with the headway they have made for American soccer with their impressive showing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. It's unfotunate that we lost last night, but Monterrey is the better team, had an impressive goal, and made key adjustments two-thirds of the way through the first half. Congratulations Monterrey.

AsSOCiation Football
Salt Lake City, UT

Honestly I feel like we let the whole country down.
RSL is still my team and will always be my team.
I know how your feeling right now RSL nation.

For RSL and Jason Kreis. The experience gained in this tournament will be critical to getting back to another champions league final. It's not all over. It starts today for RSL we have to commit to winning either the supporters shield, MLS cup, or U.S. open cup.

Winning the MLS cup is a big deal. It shows that you have the best team in the United states. Yeah I'm dissapointed that RSL choked but you can't say that winning the MLS cup doesn't matter. There are 17 other teams in the league that would take our MLS cup in the blink of an eye.

AsSOCiation Football
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm really surprised that anyone would call Monterrey the better team. Look at the stats from last nights game. RSL took double the shots, had the majority of the possesion, more corners, and more free kicks. Anyone who claims that monterrey was the better side last night probably doesn't have the best understanding of the game. We were outplayed by Monterrey in Mexico but not last night.

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