Disappointment At The Riot

[ 0 ] June 20, 2012 |

Real Salt Lake lost a heartbreaker to the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 Wednesday.

The side roared out to a 2-0 lead before giving away three consecutive goals on defensive mistakes.

While Kreis pulled out all the stops to get his side back in the match, they were unable to regain momentum or put any significant pressure on goal in the second half.

The match started a bit slow with LA coming out to play defense and daring Salt Lake to make a mistake. Jamison Olave nearly did in the 5th minute when he was forced to just clear a ball all the way down the field rather than succumb to Landon Donovan’s pressure.

Salt Lake got things interesting shortly thereafter. A 9th minute cross by Fabian Espindola from the goal line flew to Chris Wingert, who left it for Kyle Beckerman to put away.

Alvaro Saborio nearly made it two in the 13th minute when he got on the end of Tony Beltran’s cross. The Costa Rican international misjudged the bounce though and the shot sailed safely over the goal.

Saborio made it 2-0 in the 24th minute when he flicked a cross from Fabian Espindola over his head. Josh Saunders misread the play and the ball slowly bounced into the corner of the net.

Los Angeles pulled one back in the 30th minute when Tony Beltran’s soft back pass was intercepted by Landon Donovan and put into the back of the net around a helpless Nick Rimando.

The remainder of the half got a bit chippy as Donovan took exception to (what looked like reasonable) contact from Jamison Olave and rewarded the Colombian with a cheap shot the other way.

Jamison Olave gave one away in the 50th minute when his bad pass was intercepted by Mike Magee and Donovan. A couple quick passes allowed Magee to put the ball in the back of the net.

The match got really chippy with Jonny Steele getting a yellow card for retaliating to a hard Juninho foul in the 53rd minute.

Jason Kreis went offensive in the 64th minute, bringing in Luis Gil for Jamison Olave. In a tactical move they tried against Chivas, Wingert slid into the middle and Will Johnson dropped back to outside back.

It didn’t pay off.

Los Angeles took a 3-2 lead in the 68th minute when Borchers got beat by Donovan on a run. Rimando was slow to come out and break up the pass. It got to Donovan and he finished into an open net.

This proved to be the deciding goal of the match as Salt Lake was unable to equalize or put a threatening shot on frame in the second half.

Los Angeles played strong defense but was also aided by numerous injury timeouts. These timeouts resulted in five minutes of added time for the home side, but it wasn’t enough to create a good chance on goal.

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