Real Salt Lake
April 21, 2011 by staff
Real Salt Lake, Three thoughts after Real Salt Lake 2-2 in the tie against the Mexican champion of Monterrey in the first leg of Wednesday’s final Champions League CONCACAF: Javier Morales scored what could be one of the greatest goals in MLS history – When combined with the time and skill, the strike on 89 minutes Morales has to climb on top of the important objectives of the MLS. After a good bit of work for Arthur? Alvarez on the right side, Morales took his step, maneuvered in Monterrey box and then did something quite magical. He paused, showing poise a safecracker, and froze his defender before firing a laser inside the left post. The 2-2 means that Monterrey will have to win or score at least two goals and get a result to survive in the second leg next Wednesday at Utah. And keep in mind: his home in Salt Lake is unbeaten in 34 matches in all competitions implementation, possibly the longest streak in the world.
Kyle Beckerman loss hurts next week Salt Lake – RSL captain, heart and soul of the team, will miss the second leg after drawing a card (something hard) yellow on Wednesday. Salt Lake has had many occasions to show its depth recently, and next week will be tested again. Beckerman backup, Haitian international Jean Alexandre, get the call next week? We’ll see. The pressure will be to provide the steel in midfield that Beckerman brings every week.
The goalkeeper Nick Rimando saved bacon Salt Lake – Monterrey controlled the game for much of the second half, scored and looked dangerous, and that drove a -1 lead that would have made the very difficult next week for Salt Lake. Monterrey looked ready to do at the end of the game when star striker Humberto Suazo was put in one-on-one against Rimando. But the -foot-10 Rimando literally made a big play, running off to Suazo and becoming as big as possible to cut the angle and strength of Chile in an errant shot. Rimando seemed to send the game back to Salt Lake of Utah with a functional deficit 2.1 (Get the goals in the final) but then drama at the end of Morales made an even more memorable night for the best team in the MLS. RSL is 90 minutes from becoming the first MLS team to play in the FIFA Club World Cup.
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