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. :-(
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!
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.
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.
Saw the story on the news at 10. Too bad that wide-open attempt went wide
right. But that's why you play the games......to see is the better team on any
Barkoffofapineapple: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.
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.
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.
You cannot afford to give up a goal in the last minute of either half.
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
Tough loss. We had so many chances, but we just couldn't get that final touch.
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.
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.
@ BarkoffofapineappleGo 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.
This was a "real big deal". Obviously, a big step for U.S.
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.
@ 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.
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
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.BarkoffofapineappleWinning 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.
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
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.
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.
Worthless sport any ways.
@ BarkoffofapineappleI 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
@carabaoUSoccer is above NBA NHL and MLB in terms of united states TV
viewership. Nice try carabaoU. Go ahead and google world cup TV ratings.@ouisc4 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
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.
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!
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.
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.
LOL at blaming the refs. We were sloppy, overconfident & tight, stood
around like 8 year olds at the end of the half.