Jason Kreis made MLS history Saturday night. Already the league's all-time leading goal scorer, the forward added his 100th career goal on a spectacular left-footed blast from 25 yards out. Unfortunately, the goal came in Real's 4-2 loss to Kansas City.
"Probably the most bitter-sweet moment of my life right now," said Kreis. "Has to be one of the best goals I've ever taken in this league. I'm going to be proud of that one for sure. I'll look back on that one on video for years and years, but I am extremely, extremely disappointed with the result."
His goal will almost certainly be voted the MLS goal of the week it doesn't hurt that the Real fan clubs always seem to pad the voting. Kreis said he had only struck a ball with his left foot that well one other time in his career, and that was back in 1996.
The anticipation of reaching 100 goals has been building for several weeks now, and Kreis felt it was a good thing to have finally hit the century mark.
"I wish I could stand here and be dishonest and say it wasn't on my mind. I have kind of been a little dishonest the past couple of weeks," he said. "I finally figured out what 100 meant to me. I told people last year when I broke Roy Lassiter's record that 100 would mean more to me, and it does because it means 10 goals a year over 10 years, and I think that's pretty neat."
It is quite an accomplishment for the 32-year-old to hit 100, but the Real captain says that this is not the end.
"I'd like to shoot for 150," he said. "Five more years at 10 goals a year."
Although the personal statistic is nice, and the burden of hearing about the tally is finally over, when asked, Kreis said that it was not the major thing concerning him."I'll feel a sense of relief when this team makes the playoffs," he said.
A FIRST FOR PIERCE: Entering his sixth year in the league, and in 114 previous games, Rusty Pierce had never scored a single point. He changed that statistic with an innocent pass to forward Jordan Cila on the right wing. It was Cila that cut the ball back inside and fired a left-foot blast off the bar and into the net to end the scoreless draught. It helped that Pierce shunned his usual defender spot and got the start in the midfield in the place of the suspended Clint Mathis.
THE END OF A STREAK: It took 10 games, but Real's streak of not losing on turf is over. Not a great omen for a team that has not earned a single point on natural grass all year. At least the team can take solace in the fact that the curse of the north goal appears to be over as both Real goals came on that end.
TEMPER, TEMPER: In the waning minutes of a disheartening loss, Jamie Watson took exception to the harsh treatment he felt he had received and had a little payback. He gave a hard foul to Davy Arnoud, side-checking him into the boards. His stunt cost him a red card and an ejection followed by a suspension for Real's next game against San Jose Aug. 20.
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