Real Salt Lake: Monterrey wins CONCACAF Champions League, 3-2 on aggregate

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  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    LOL at blaming the refs. We were sloppy, overconfident & tight, stood around like 8 year olds at the end of the half.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    April 28, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    A lot of haters on the boards today. I'll never understand why people who hate soccer go out of their way to tell everyone.

    The simple truth last night was that Monterrray capitalized on their opportunities and RSL didn't. Yeah, RSL played a better overall game for most of the minutes, but you don't get points for that. You get points for putting the ball in the net. Period. Monterray did that, RSL didn't. Monterray was the better team last night.

    With regards to the acting jobs in order to delay the game, of course Monterray did and of course RSL didn't. RSL had no reason to delay the game. Had the game been tied up we might have seen the acting roles reversed. It's not just a problem with Mexican futbol, it's a problem world-wide. It's the biggest blemish on an otherwise beautiful game. The refs added 4 minutes of stoppage time and carded Humberto for his acting job. That's about all they can do, so quit complaining about it.

  • iRSLfan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    Suazo the guy who scored for monterrey makes more money than all of RSL's players combined.

    If you look at how much more money Monterrey spends on their roster you have to admit it's impressive RSL did as well as they did in this tournament. Let's go into portland and send a message to everyone in MLS.
    We are still the best team in America.

  • E. Matscheko St. George, UT
    April 28, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    Internationally, Monterrey is third league level at best. What does that Real Salt Lake make? One more thing, in order to win a game, a team has to score at least one goal; even in soccer!

  • iRSLfan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    Tough break for RSL.
    Soccer is growing rapidly in the U.S. Its only a matter of time until another MLS team gets back to the finals and wins it.
    Wish it could have been RSL.

  • myself Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 11:00 a.m.

    Soccer is above NBA NHL and MLB in terms of united states TV viewership. Nice try carabaoU. Go ahead and google world cup TV ratings.


    4 minutes of stoppage time were added and a bunch of yellow cards for time wasting. Honestly anyone who has ever played soccer will tell you just how hard it is to score.

    The fact is the majority of the worlds best athletes are soccer players and its pretty arrogant to say that simply "practicing" would make it so there would be more goals. Because of defending and goalies the pockets you have to score in are very very small.

    Only a person who has never played soccer would make the statements you made. So please take a break from soccer. Or just stop coming back alltogether.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 28, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    @ Barkoffofapineapple
    I want the teams from Utah, all of them, to win championships,and to do everything they can to get this done. I realize however that if they give their all and don't, that their fans should be grateful that they left it all on the field.
    The Jazz have the 5th highest payroll in the league at 74M. That is because they had the last year of Kirlenko's monster mistake. and because they signed Jefferson, and Bell to try and become a better team for You mister fan. Without that they are now at 56M which is in the bottom third. They will spend more money for you this Summer trying to get a ger a great team on the floor for You. They don't have anyone in the top 30 salaries now.
    You sound like a whiney spoiled kid who is mad because your sister got 25 christmas presents and you only got 23. You say your not jumping off the band wagon but your doing something worse. You have become the sarcastic fan who berates the team he professes to support. Take your ball(money) and go play on a different field.

  • RoachUte Farmington, Utah
    April 28, 2011 10:49 a.m.

    Worthless sport any ways.

  • carabaoU Moab, UT
    April 28, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    Professional athletes? No way. Look at the shooting percentages of NBA players who shoot a ball into a small basket. Then compare with soccor players who kick a smaller ball into a larger goal. They should be able to score more goals, granted the allow goaltending, but still why do so many kick the ball wide left/right or too high? Don't they practice kicking the ball into the net from all angles on the pitch?

    Until they kick more accurately, this sport is always at the bottom of the popularity race.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    April 28, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    I must admit, however, watching last night's game has soured my interest in soccer. There is no question RSL was the classier team, even if less skilled. Monterrey and their Costa Rican official showed soccer is actually more about what you can get away with (handballs, falling down and holding some arbitrary part of your body, delay tactics) than it is about skill.

    Sorry, RSL, although it's not your fault, I'll be taking a few months away from soccer. Last night was sickening sportsmanship.

  • AsSOCiation Football Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    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.

  • AsSOCiation Football Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    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.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    April 28, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Barkoffofapineapple Magna, UT
    April 28, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • bigsoccer Syracuse, UT
    April 28, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    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.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 28, 2011 8:44 a.m.

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

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 28, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • axle Riverton, UT
    April 28, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    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.

  • tMoS North Liberty, IA
    April 28, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    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.

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 7:49 a.m.

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

  • ClickClock Bountiful, UT
    April 28, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Teafortwo salt lake city, utah
    April 28, 2011 7:44 a.m.

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

  • Steve Jensen Herriman, UT
    April 28, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    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.

  • terry387 Wapato, WA
    April 28, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    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.

  • three11stu Saratoga Springs, UT
    April 27, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    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.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 27, 2011 11:16 p.m.

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

  • matt4226 Holladay, UT
    April 27, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    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.

  • Bronco46 san tan valley, az
    April 27, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    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.

  • satch Highland, UT
    April 27, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    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!

  • Barkoffofapineapple Magna, UT
    April 27, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    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. :-(