Real Salt Lake: Late draw forced against Monterrey

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  • Breakfast of Champions American Fork, UT
    April 24, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    Hey, I know this is late, but does someone want to explain to me how RSL was the first MLS team in history to qualify for the semifinals, while other MLS teams have actually won the CONCACAF championship before? Wouldn't they have had to have gone through the semis to win the cup?

  • Roberts17 Sandy, UT
    April 22, 2011 10:25 a.m.


    No draws in real sports? The Eagles and Bengals tied in '08.What exactly qualifies as a real sport in your simple mind?
    Goooooooooooooooooooo Real!

  • AsSOCiation Football Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    Deltafoxtrot doesn't understand soccer. It's all about results Delta. Maybe if you try hard you will learn to understand the point system used in soccer. In this case maybe try googling aggregate.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    April 21, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    Draw? There aren't draws in real sports. There is always a winner.

  • myself Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    I just read on MLS soccers website that Monterrey is not worried because they were not impressed with RSL in the 2-2 draw.

    They've never been to Rio Tinto Stadium.

  • iRSLfan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    ESPN does have weekly Major League Soccer and English Premier league games. But you don't see the MLS highlights on ESPN. EPL, SPD, and National Team highlights are all you see. If RSL goes to the club world cup I think we would start seeing more MLS highlights on sportscenter.

    Great teams find a way to get it done. RSL finds a way every time. Which is why we have made it this far and why we may be representing MLS in the CWC.

  • AsSOCiation Football Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    There is a huge market for soccer. The thing is that a lot of this market doesn't respect the MLS. If RSL wins this tournament it would open a lot of eyes and bring much more of the market into MLS.

    We know that there is a huge market for soccer in this country because of the TV ratings of the World Cup and the Uefa Champions league. The world cup outdid last years NBA finals in TV ratings(in USA). My source on that is TV by the numbers if you want to look it up for yourself.

    2-2 was such an amazing result for RSL last night. still can't believe we pulled that out.

    I'll see all 20,000 plus of you next wednesday.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    April 21, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    The Beckerman card was pretty lame, but I thought the attack on the goalie and the throat grab after that both deserved red cards. Goalies are supposed to be somewhat protected after all. There was also a forearm to the back while pretending to go for a header that should have been a yellow but wasn't (even the Mexican announcers were surprised that one wasn't called). As for the hand ball call, RSL had another hand ball in the box that wasn't called, so I'm fine with the one they did call.

    Congrats on the result. We better figure out how to put together a better game than we played last night or Monterrey will run away with this one, even at Rio Tinto.

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    April 21, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    Man I gotta start watching RSL. That was a pretty awesome goal at the end. It's amazing that a small market team like SLC has one of the best teams in the world

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 21, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    It always bothers me when people say the results of an athletic event aren't deserved by one team or another. How can you justify saying that? It doesn't matter if your perception was that the other team played harder. I know it is common for sports writers to say things like that. The bottom line is what the scoreboard says and if one team comes out on top, they deserved to win. In this case, Javier Morales made a spectacular move to tie up the score. How is that not deserved? Go RSL!! Win the next one at home to put an exclamation point on this great accomplishment!

  • tampicojazzfan West Jordan, ut
    April 21, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    Satch I don't think it was the worse half of RSL they knew they needed to take at least a couple of goals of advantage to have some cushion and control on thesecond leg. They were putting a lot of pressure on our guys. They played a great game and that makes the tie even bigger!
    I can't wait for next Wednesday, will be an epic battle to win the cup! let's get it done! Go RSL!

    Ooleeeee ole ole oleeee REEEEAAAAAL Salt Lake!

  • joeyT Schenectady, NY
    April 21, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    RockOn | 7:17 a.m. April 21, 2011
    Spanish Fork, UT
    Don't say ESPN is ignoring soccer. They're a marketing company or a for profit company. If there's a market for soccer, they'll pick it up. I doubt they will for some time. Especially with soccer fans mulling over and relishing this onslaught of 1-1,2-2 ties. Yawn.

    Unfortunately for your theory, ESPN2 had soccer on this Tuesday, Wednesday, they'll have it on tonight, and they'll have it on again on Saturday.

    As to this particular tournament, the answer is that Fox is just a little savvier to the game and knows more about tournaments that are under-publicized now but have a lot of potential. (They covered the European Champions League for a decade until Fox simply outbid them for it.)

  • bigsoccer Syracuse, UT
    April 21, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Monterrey will have a disadavantage here, due to the fact that they won't be breathing the equivilent of 3 cigarette packs during the game.

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    The depth will be on display with Beckerman out. However, Monterrey will also be tested with having 2 out for yellow card accumulation and possibly a couple of injuries. They also have a match this weekend.

  • axle Riverton, UT
    April 21, 2011 8:06 a.m.

    I would think that Monterray would be used to dealing with altitude since they play in Mexico City all the time, so I don't know how much of an advantage that is. I think that no matter who they put in to fill Beckermans shoes will do well, but I feel bad that the guy has to sit out in probably the biggest game of his career.

  • satch Highland, UT
    April 21, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    Great result! The second half may have been the one of the worse halves RSL has ever played. Most of the second half was on Monterey's final third. Not where you want to be playing. The hand ball was questionable- but that's what you get when you play the game on your third of the field. You're playing with fire.

    Even with the bad half you have to feel good about RSL's chances at home with 2 away goals. I felt RSL wasn't connecting with Sabario enough. Morales' goal was fantastic.

    Let's do it now RSL. Go REAL!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    April 21, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    Don't say ESPN is ignoring soccer. They're a marketing company or a for profit company. If there's a market for soccer, they'll pick it up. I doubt they will for some time. Especially with soccer fans mulling over and relishing this onslaught of 1-1,2-2 ties. Yawn.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    April 21, 2011 6:47 a.m.

    Nice job fellas. Finish it off at home.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    April 21, 2011 6:04 a.m.

    Substitute freely and run the legs off of them. They have to deal with less oxygen at this altitude. RSL will be used to the difference after a weeks rest !

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 21, 2011 3:06 a.m.

    Lame call on Beckerman. Hand ball in the box... and a hand to the throat?

    Wow, some interesting calls and misses. Great game to watch and glad for that 89th minute goal!

    Go RSL!

  • tMoS North Liberty, IA
    April 20, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    "So who replaces Beckerman next week? Jean Alexandre is the usual replacement, but what about putting Grabavoy in that spot?"

    Losing Beckerman is such a tough loss. We can use subs against New England, etc, but watching the size, speed, and skill of Monterrey tonight has me worried about the liability that Alexandre could create.

    I really have no idea what the best answer is to next Wednesday. Makes me glad we have Coach Kreis. He WILL figure out the best solution.

  • ldsoccertodd Cedar City, UT
    April 20, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    I think it's got to be Grabavoy in the center with Morales and Williams should be on the wing from the start. Alexandre could be a good sub to use in the second half for some fresh legs in the center of midfield. But Kreis is a genius and will figure out exactly what to do.

  • matt4226 Holladay, UT
    April 20, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    So who replaces Beckerman next week? Jean Alexandre is the usual replacement, but what about putting Grabavoy in that spot?

    Monterrey will be pressuring from the start, so maybe Alexandre gets the nod with his tenacious defense.

  • AsSOCiation Football Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    Thanks for clarifying tMoS.
    What an opportunity for Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer. If we win we represent the MLS and ESPN will have to stop ignoring soccer besides every 4 years. By all means it is not over though. The game did not sell out before tickets were released to the public like RSL originally thought. There will be a mexican presence at RioT next wednesday. It's not over!

  • tMoS North Liberty, IA
    April 20, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Guess I should expand on the details of the rules too...

    Didn't mention, if it gets 3-3 or above then Monterrey wins as they will then have the away goals advantage.

    Also if it goes into overtime (two extra 15 minutes halves) then away goals are wiped clean. The away goals rule only applies to the first 90 minutes. So a 2-2 result in regular time would sent it to overtime. Any draw result in overtime (0-0, 1-1, 2-2, etc) would take the competition to penalty kicks.

    But as I said before, let's just win it outright.

    3-1 RSL!!!!

  • manchester10 Bountiful, UT
    April 20, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Go RSL!!! So pumped for next Wednesday's game. Rio Tinto will be every bit has hostile as it was in Mexico. Monterrey are on the uphill and RSL just simply doesn't lose at home! Kreis is a genius! I remember just a few short years ago watching Real lose week after week. He truly has transformed this team into a powerhouse that we can be proud of!

  • bluemoon1977 Provo, Utah
    April 20, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    Monster result! If we come back to Rio Tinto and play on attack, it's off to Abu Dhabi.

  • tMoS North Liberty, IA
    April 20, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    Here is the breakdown with the away goals rule after this 2-2 result...

    0-0 And RSL takes it.
    1-1 And RSL takes it.
    2-2 And the game goes into overtime, if that doesn't settle it then PKs.

    RSL outscores Monterrey by any score and it is theirs.
    Monterrey outscores RSL by any score and it is theirs.

    Let's just win it outright.

  • ldsoccertodd Cedar City, UT
    April 20, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    Big Green Tractor-

    I wasn't meaning to bash on RSL, thought we played tough, but in the second half Monterrey was the better side. They had nearly 60% possession. I am very proud of our boys though. Awesome result that should see them through as concacaf champions!

    Great news that Monterrey has a rough game this weekend and RSL can rest.

  • rudipen Layton, ut
    April 20, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    Whew!! Awesome juke/control/goal by Morales. Lucky to have tied this game since the second half was dominated by Monterrey. Can't wait 'til next week, s/b rockin' at Rio Tinto.

  • AsSOCiation Football Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    Wow amazing shot by morales.
    I was listening to post game on the radio.
    Monterrey will be without their first goal scorer.
    Also Monterrey is in jeopardy of falling into 2nd in the mexican table. They have a do or die game on saturday where they will have to play their best players. Great news for RSL.

    Do away goals add up? I mean if we tie 1-1 at home we go through? or does it go to overtime?

  • Big Green Tractor Fillmore, UT
    April 20, 2011 10:18 p.m.


    That result was very well deserved! We got this, I'm not worried! GO RSL!

  • TDS Clearfield, UT
    April 20, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    I thought RSL went too conservative too soon - but Monterrey laxed, and they paid the price.

    Even though the penalty was questionable, with as many shots as Monterrey levied, RSL will be glad to go home with a tie.

    I would say either Olave is the man of the match. He played the full 90 minutes and didn't give up.

    I can't wait until next week - glad I got my tickets.

  • JK in S Portland, OR
    April 20, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    Awesome goal by Morales! RSL sitting pretty headed into the next match!

  • ldsoccertodd Cedar City, UT
    April 20, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    Probably not a deserved result for RSL but I'll take it! The two away goals will be very nice! A 1-1 draw at Rio Tinto will still see Real raise the trophy. The biggest worry has to be that we will be without Beckerman. Gravaboy will have to step up big next week.

    ole ole ole ole ole! real salt lake!