Real Salt Lake lose 1-0 at Portland Timbers - match recap & post match quotes

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 30: Head coach Jason Kreis of the Real Salt Lake watches the action from the bench during the second half of the game against the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field on April 30, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers won the game 1-0. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Well the final result wasn't what we wanted in Portland, it appears that the lackluster first half and goal allowed were too much for RSL to recover from as the hangover from the Champions League loss haunted the team and they lost back to back matches for the first time in years.  Here is the match recap from RSL Communications:

RSL SEES MLS UNBEATEN RUN SNAPPED IN PORTLAND

Timbers FC Striker Kenny Cooper's First Half Tally Enough to Stop Utah Side's Regular Season Undefeated Streak at 18 Games 

PORTLAND, Ore. (Saturday, April 30, 2011) - Real Salt Lake saw its attempt to even the longest undefeated run in Major League Soccer history stopped one game shy of the mark tonight after suffering a 0-1 defeat at Portland Timbers FC. After entering the affair with a perfect 4-0-0 mark in 2011, Real Salt Lake (4-1-0, 12 pts.) saw a goal from Timbers FC (3-3-1, 10 pts.) striker Kenny Cooper in the 22nd minute stand until the end, snapping the Utah side's 18-match unbeaten regular season run that dated back to last July.

It was a tale of two halves, as Portland ruled the run of play for most of the first half, with Colombian forward Jorge Perlaza creating much of the havoc in the attacking third in the early going. However, it was Cooper that would get the job done in front of goal midway through the opening stanza, meeting a MF Kalif Alhassan cross from the left flank from five yards out and redirecting it in heavy traffic to move the scoreboard.

The insertion of midfielders Will Johnson and Andy Williams at the halftime break seemed to help swing the possession level back to Real Salt Lake's side, but the Timbers would manage to keep the clean sheet in a match that saw the two squads combine for just 14 shots - and just six on frame.

after the jump match facts, stats and post match quotes:

  • Real Salt Lake's 18-match undefeated streak in regular season play (10-0-8) fell just one shy from evening the League record of 19, set by the 2010 edition of FC Dallas (a streak that ended in Sandy last Oct. 16) and the 2004-05 Columbus Crew. RSL's previous defeat in MLS action came at the hands of FC Dallas last July 17 at Pizza Hut Park (0-2 L).
  • That was not the only lengthy run that ended tonight at JELD-WEN Field, as RSL's nine-match road unbeaten stretch (3-0-6) also fell by the wayside. That mark was tied for the second longest in League annals (with 2004 CLB and 2007-08 CHI), behind only FC Dallas' 12-match run in 2010.
  • After last Wednesday's grueling 0-1 defeat to CF Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League Finals second leg, RSL Head Coach Jason Kreiselected to rotate his line-up on the evening, giving defenders Robbie Russell (L hamstring strain) and Jamison Olave and forward Fabian Espíndola the night off. The trio of midfielders Collen Warner and Jean Alexandre and FW Arturo Alvarez all received their second starting nods of the season, while DF Chris Schuler filled in for Olave at center back, marking the second-year performer's third start of 2011.
  • Cooper's goal was just the second allowed by Real Salt Lake this season and snapped a 213-minute shutout streak. Los Angeles Galaxy FW Juan Pablo Angel's 79th minute tally in RSL's 4-1 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium marked the only other goal allowed by the Utahns in their five regular season contests to date.
  • Real Salt Lake will return to the friendly confines of Rio Tinto Stadium next Saturday, May 7, when the Claret-and-Cobalt will welcome former assistant coach Robin Fraser and his Chivas USA (2-2-3, 9 pts.) squad to Sandy. Kickoff for the Saturday matinee at "The Fortress" is set for 2:00 p.m. MT (live onTeleFutura) and will be presented by OhMyCrafts.com, which will give the first 1,000 mothers through the gates a free RSL cinch sack. Tickets for the contest remain available and can be purchased online at www.RealSaltLake.com, over the phone at 801-727-2700 or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office, Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MT and on gameday beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Before that fixture, Real Salt Lake will contest its third MLS Reserve League contest of the season - and its first on the road in Central Conference play - this Tuesday, May 3, when it will travel to the nation's heartland to take on the Kansas City Wizards (9:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. CT kickoff).

PORTLAND TIMBERS FC  1  :  0  REAL SALT LAKE

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011

JELD-WEN FIELD - PORTLAND, OR

Goals by Period                    1          2          F

Portland Timbers FC              1          0          1

Real Salt Lake                        0          0          0

Scoring Summary:

POR -- Kenny Cooper 3 (Kalif Alhassan 4) 22

Misconduct Summary:

POR -- Jeremy Hall (caution; Reckless Tackle) 72 

Real Salt Lake -- Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran (Ned Grabavoy 70), Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert; Jean Alexandre (Will Johnson 46), Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Collen Warner (Andy Williams 46); Álvaro Saborío, Arturo Alvarez.

Substitutes Not Used: Paulo Araujo Jr., Nelson González, Rauwshan McKenzie, Kyle Reynish. 

Portland Timbers -- Troy Perkins; Jeremy Hall, Eric Brunner, Mamadou Danso, Rodney Wallace; Darlington Nagbe (Sal Zizzo 82), Diego Chara, Jack Jewsbury, Kalif Alhassan; Kenny Cooper (Ryan Pore 89), Jorge Perlaza (James Marcelin 74).

Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Goldthwaite, Adam Moffat, Steve Purdy, Jake Gleeson. 

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee's Assistants:
 Kermit Quisenberry; Claudio Badea
4th Official:
 Drew Fischer
Time of Game:
 1:51
Weather:
 Partly Cloudy and 58 degrees
Attendance: 
18,627

MLS POST-GAME QUOTE SHEET

PORTLAND TIMBERS FC  1  :  0  REAL SALT LAKE

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS

On RSL's overall performance: "I felt like there was 45 minutes of really poor stuff and 45 minutes of really good stuff. I think the first 45 minutes were caused because we still had one foot in Wednesday night. Then we get to the second 45 and our guys were really confident and aggressive, and all the things I want to see for the entirety of 90 minutes."

On playing reserves due to recent participation in CONCACAF: "It'd be completely unfair to blame anything on any of those guys. The substitutions we made were because we were one goal down and we needed the energy."

On team's reaction after the loss on Wednesday: "I'm okay, again I would've liked to not waste 45 minutes but I think you do have to feel good about what they did in the second half.

It's difficult. We've seen the end of what was a fantastic run in the CONCACAF Champions League, we see the end of a four-game winning streak, and we see the end of an 18-game unbeaten streak. But with the ending of everything comes the beginning of something new, so we need to get ready for what should be a fantastic May with a lot of home games."

On atmosphere at JELD-WEN Field: "It's fantastic, Portland should be proud of themselves and the players should be thrilled that they get to play in this environment every week.

REAL SALT LAKE DEFENDER CHRIS WINGERT

On playing tonight after Wednesday's result: "It was difficult, but we still had chances to get a result. Didn't make it happen, but we had a good response in the second half and we certainly had some chances.

"We just need to be a little bit sharper and not give up any chances. They got some momentum with the crowd but we still had the ball on their end. We could've been sharper with the ball and knocked it around a little bit more."

On two tough losses in the same week: "It has been a really tough week, but I guess that's just part of being a professional athlete. We've got to make sure the lows don't get too low and keep plugging away."

On a sense of urgency: "Urgency? Not anymore (this week) than any other week. Every week is urgent there are only [34] games and we're looking to get a result every single week."

On moving on from the loss: "Right now the only focus after today will be on Chivas USA."

On the atmosphere at JELD-WEN Field: "The atmosphere is incredible; you've got to give credit to the fans. What a great spot and a great city, but that's not why we lost; we've dealt with some hostile crowds lately. They did great and it's great for the league, but it wasn't why we didn't win."

PORTLAND TIMBERS FC HEAD COACH JOHN SPENCER

On the win: "I'd probably say it's the toughest (win), that's for sure. I think we showed after we scored - they pinned us back - and I felt we showed a lot of character after last week (a 3-0 loss to LA)."

On the defensive effort: "I think when they started piling on the pressure we got behind the ball and hung on a little bit. I think tonight we did a really professional job, we got one-nil up and managed the game."

On beating a previously undefeated RSL side: "Just because we beat them tonight doesn't mean we're better than them. They've got championships to show for their quality. For us, we went out and they (the players) did everything asked of them tonight. Fantastic win and we are ready to come back on Tuesday and do the same."

There you have the official statements and thoughts.

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