SANDY — Two years ago nobody would've been surprised to see Jamison Olave pick up a red card. Times have changed though.
Olave's 58th-minute red card on Saturday against Seattle was his first since Sept. 19, 2009, when he was ejected in the second half in Houston, his third of the '09 season.
"Olave has been doing a much improved job in the disciplinary column for the last year and a half. This year he's been spot on," said RSL coach Jason Kreis.
Olave was red carded after slipping and then fouling Sounders' striker Mike Fucito just outside the penalty area. Kreis acknowledges that Olave need to do something to deny Fucito a free shot on goal, but he's not convinced it should've been a red card.
"We've had those exact same decisions be yellow cards again us because Borchers was right next to him, there's a case to be made he wasn't even the last man," said Kreis.
Because of the ejection, Olave will be forced to miss next Saturday's home match against Vancouver. He'll be one of four RSL regulars who won't be available because of injuries, suspensions and national team call-ups.
One of those players is Will Johnson who's departing to join Canada for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The inconsistency of the red card is what was so frustrating for Johnson.
"It's a call that's not consistent with the one that called against us for Chivas," said Johnson.
STREAK ENDER: All things must come to an end, and the last of Real Salt Lake's amazing streaks at home officially did on Saturday.
Even after losing to Monterrey at home in the Champions League final last month and seeing its 36-game home unbeaten streak in all competitions come to an end, RSL still enjoyed a lengthy, lengthy unbeaten streak at home in league play. Not anymore.
Seattle's 2-1 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium halted RSL's home unbeaten streak at 29 games in league play.
"It's the second time we've lost in two years, we're obviously going to be disappointed by the result. It was kind of the perfect storm. We haven't been playing our best soccer," said defender Nat Borchers.
His coach summed it up quite succinctly.
"All good things much come to an end I guess. I'm really not sure how to feel right now and digest it," said Kreis.
DEBUT STRIKER: As expected, Jean Alexandre got the starting nod at striker alongside Fabian Espindola on Saturday.
Even though he went through long stretches when he seemed invisible, his coach thought he did OK in his first career MLS start at forward before being replaced for tactical reasons in the 62nd minute.
"(He) did a couple of good things. Still getting used to it a little bit. First half he made the wrong decisions, tried to make a lot of one-touch passes that were difficult, lost it and that turned into counterattack for them. He'll need to improve as we go forward," said Kreis.Comment on this story
GOALLESS DROUGHT: Nelson Gonzalez's goal in the 88th minute Saturday ended some of Real Salt Lake's frustration.
After back-to-back scoreless draws, his goal halted a 271-minute scoring drought that dated back to Johnson's goal in the 87th minute against Chivas USA.
SUPPORTING HIS TEAM: Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales was at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday to watch his team take on the Sounders.
It was the first game Morales had been at in person since he broke his ankle against Chivas USA on May 7. He sat in one of the radio booths with his family.