PARK CITY The Real Salt Lake reserves fought back from an early deficit and capitalized on two Kenny Deuchar second-half goals to beat the Chivas USA reserves 3-1 Sunday morning at the Quinn's Junction Sports Complex.
"I thought we stayed together as a team. It is hard to ignore what happened last night, so it was important to come in and stay focused and put that out of our mind," said coach Brian Johnson of the 1-0 loss by the first team to Chivas USA Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. "I thought the guys did great today to stay together, and they concentrated for 90 minutes. They really went the whole game, not a little here and a little there, they stayed at it for all 90 minutes."
It would have been easy for RSL to get down on itself after allowing a goal only 10 minutes into the game. Midfielder Roberto Nurse used his thigh to hit a ball into the net following a corner sent to the middle by Craig Chiles. It took only 15 minutes before Real equalized. Tino Nunez got on the end of a brilliant pass from Alex Nimo and fired a left-foot blast by Chivas' keeper Lance Parker.
The second half saw RSL take control. In the 47th minute, Nimo got his second assist by pushing the ball to a streaking Deuchar who chipped the ball over the keeper and into the net. Deuchar added to the lead in the 73rd minute when his hustled paid off with an easy tally. A bad pass back to the goalie by defender Alex Zotinca got through toward the net and Deuchar slid into the ball and into the net for the score.
"It is good to get the result, especially after going down the goal early," said Deuchar. "They had a lot of players that play on the first team as well, so it was good to see that a lot of the young boys have developed to play at that level."
It wasn't only Deuchar's two goals that were impressive. His overall presence was a big reason why the reserves moved to 6-2-1 on the season.
"Communication wise he was so into it today," said Johnson of Deuchar. "He was so aggressive, so physical, so into the game. I think that rubs off on players. If you see a veteran guy doing that, it is easy for some of the younger guys to follow. The way he played today, I thought he really led us.
"It is good to see him score with his feet," added Johnson. "He is so focused on everyone trying to whip it in to his head, that to see him get a couple of goals with his feet is a bonus."
"You get confidence scoring goals in training and in these reserve games," added Deuchar. "The next step is to take that confidence and then go out and score with the first team."