Real Salt Lake lost 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes at Rio Tinto Stadium on a hot Saturday night.
If the game were counted on close shots on goal, Salt Lake would have taken this game. The amount of shots and close calls was staggering. Unfortunately San Jose took advantage of some minor defensive breakdowns by Salt Lake.
In the first half Salt Lake maintained possession of the ball. Many shots on goal and fights for the ball would not go awarded with a point on the kiosk. Kyle Beckerman’s 18th minute shot fell to the lower left of the goal. Ned Grabavoy and Fabian Espindola connected a couple amazing passes that led to a dangerous situations for San Jose, but the final touch on goal was lacking in both cases.
San Jose held their line of attack and Nick Rimando came out big to save some shots on Salt Lakes’ goal. One amazing save was the Lenhart shot to the top left corner of the goal. Rimando reached out big and stopped the swift ball.
A small defensive miscommunication between Nat Borchers and Nick Rimando led to a San Jose goal in the 74th minute of play. It came from a San Jose free kick. Rimando came out to save it and Borchers was already there. Both allowed the ball to drop and San Jose took the moment to score.
Javier Morales scored in the 79th minute of play on a free kick. Javier was able to get the goal into the top left corner of the box with a swift kick from his right foot.
San Jose scored the match winner on a throw-in 83rd minute. This was a weak goal that resulted in the San Jose win of 2-1.
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