Well Real Salt Lake's reserve squad started the second half of their 10 match season with their first win of the season as they picked up the 2-1 win over the squad from the Chicago Fire. Now I was unable to attend the match (darn day jobs) but as I followed the action on twitter, checked out the highlights, and then read the info below it seems as if the urgency that had seemed to be missing in earlier reserve matches as well as in the teams loss in US Open Cup.
Here are the highlights from the match:
As you can see from the highlights Javier Morales returned to action after being out for several weeks with an injury, and several trialists got some minutes in the match as well. After the match Javier Morales commented:
"I was a little tired, but happy because I'm healthy. I think it was a tough game, but I played 45 minutes so I'm good. My muscles are feeling good. I had a problem that they figured out, so now I hope that I can play every game."
check out the full match recap and more quotes after the jump:
Here is the recap from the RSL Communications team:
RSL RESERVES SECURE 1ST 2012 MLS VICTORY WITH LATE VELASQUEZ FINISH
Goals by RSL's Ned Grabavoy and Sebastian Velasquez Lift RSL
From Winless Reserve League season
SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, June 12, 2012) - The Real Salt Lake Reserves (1-4-1; 4 pts.) captured its first win of the 10-game 2012 MLS Reserve League season, defeating the Chicago Fire Reserves (2-4-0; 6 pts.) in a 2-1 battle Tuesday afternoon. An impressive crowd lined the south sideline of America First Field as MF Ned Grabavoy converted a penalty kick in the 78th minute and MF Sebastian Velasquez sealed the victory with a goal in the 92nd minute.
First half action began quietly as both teams pressed forward for chances but were denied by strong defensive plays and exquisite goalkeeping by both sides. The Fire curled in a free kick destined for the top corner but was denied by the woodwork in the 38th minute. Seconds later, RSL MF Jonny Steele almost got the go-ahead goal with a quick turn-and-shoot move from 18 yards out but the ball sliced wide.
Within minutes of the second-half whistle, Velasquez had an open shot on goal but missed wide; shortly thereafter, RSL trialist Matias Quiroga threaded a ball through the six-yard box to an onrushing FW Cody Arnoux, but a mistimed run squandered the chance. Hard tackles and penalty kicks filled the next 30 minutes as both sides sought to gain an edge. Grabavoy put RSL up 1:0 in the 78th off a penalty kick and the Claret-and-Cobalt extended its lead in the 92nd minute as RSL-AZ Academy player Jordan Allen drove a shot far post, which deflected off a defender and saw Velasquez finish the goal in sliding fashion.
"We got in the moment when we started to fight for the goal and pushing up a little more and luckily we got a PK and I had a rebound off Jordan's shot and was able to score it," said Velasquez.
The Fire tried to mount a comeback with a PK of its own in the 93rd minute by MF Orr Barouch, but the final whistle came shortly after.
RSL MF Javier Morales returned to action today, and captained the team for the first 45 minutes. The action was the talismanic RSL playmaker's first since Wednesday, May 9 at Chicago, when a right quadriceps strain forced the Argentine star off after only 20 minutes. Morales is hopeful to return to RSL first-team action this Saturday at Chivas USA, the team against which he suffered a horrific ankle injury last May 7, severely limiting his on-field contributions during the last 13 months.
After starting the reserve campaign with five games in seven weeks, the RSL Reserves waited two months before today's matchup against Chicago. The RSL Reserves next face the Houston Dynamo Reserves (3-1-1; 10 pts.) on Tuesday, July 10(11:00 a.m. MT kickoff). The Chicago Fire Reserves resume play with a home challenge against the Colorado Rapids Reserves (4-2-1; 13 pts.) on Wednesday, August 15 (10:00 a.m. CT).
Real Salt Lake Reserves Notes
- Today's match featured a pair of RSL-Arizona Academy players and a pair of trialists. DF Carlos Salcedo and D/F Kenny Mansally helped keep RSL's defensive line strong as Jordan Allen and Chris Tweed-Kent attacked Chicago's end.
- With his full shift today, midfielder Yordany Alvarez remains the only player that has logged the full 540 minutes of MLS Reserve League play across RSL's opening six contests. GK Kyle Reynish follows close behind with 517 minutes and MF Jonny Steele has 504. Both players were subbed out of the FC Dallas Reserves match in April and Steele made an early exit today in the 62nd minute, replaced by Nico Muniz.
- Chicago Fire Reserves goalkeeper Jay Nolly made his return to Utah, where he was drafted in the second round of the 2005 MLS Superdraft. After a year in the Claret-and-Cobalt kit, Nolly was traded to D.C. United for Freddy Adu and RSL stalwart Nick Rimando. Today, Nolly entered in the second half but couldn't keep RSL's attempts out of the back of the net.
MLS Reserve League Box Score
Real Salt Lake Reserves 2 : 1 Chicago Fire Reserves
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
America First Field - Sandy, UT
RSL - Ned Grabavoy (penalty kick) 78
RSL - Sebastian Velasquez (unassisted) 92
CHI - Orr Barouch (penalty kick) 93
CHI - Joel Salmeron (caution, Reckless Foul) 18
RSL - Carlos Salcedo (cautiuon, Reckless Foul) 38
CHI - Tony Walls (caution, Reckless Foul) 53
RSL - Terukazu Tanaka (caution, Reckless Foul) 79
Real Salt Lake Reserves (4-4-2): Kyle Reynish (c), Terukazu Tanaka, Carlos Salcedo**, Chris Estridge, Kenny Mansally* (Jordan Allen** 70), Sebastian Velasquez, Yordany Alvarez, Javier Morales (c) (Enzo Martinez 45), Jonny Steele (Nico Muniz 62), Chris Tweed-Kent* (Matias Quiroga* 45), Cody Arnoux (Ned Grabavoy 76)
**RSL-Arizona/Chicago Fire Academy player
Chicago Fire Reserves (4-4-2): Paolo Tornaghi (Jay Nolly 45), Tony Walls, Hunter Jumper, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Joel Salmeron** (Anthony Torres** 82), Keaton Albert**, Andrew Conner**, Mike Videira, Corben Bone, Orr Barouch, Federico Puppo (Andrew Oliver** 70)
Substitutes Not Used:
**RSL-Arizona/Chicago Fire Academy player
That caps the recap, here are a few more quotes from after the match:
RSL MF Sebastian Velasquez
On what he gains from playing in reserve matches:
"I actually gain a lot. You'd be surprised how many great reserve teams there are. At the end of the day we are all professionals, we train everyday and we all want the same thing. We are trying to look to the same thing, which is the MLS cup, and I think a reserve match is just another step towards that."
On taking advantage of opportunity to play:
Oh, I think it's definitely very important. Every day I want a spot on the first team so even if it's just at practice, a kick-around game, you have to show what you can do. That's why you're on the team."
On RSL's depth and development:
"I think that we all have to get on the same page and understand the system. We are 28 deep, I want to see everyone's great tactical plays, all start to know the system really well, and I think if we are all to get on the same page, not just the veterans, but the youngsters with the veterans, it's going be a whole new team.
On RSL's style of play:
"Every day I am still learning, everyday learning a little bit more about the system, a system that is very complicated. There is a lot of movement, a lot of defensive tactics, and obviously if you go out on the field, you have to know it and if you do know it, then the coaches will give a chance on the first team.
Overall thoughts of the game:
"I think we possessed most the game. We had most of the ball. We had a lot of chances in the first half I think if we would've put away the game would've been over early. We got in the moment when we started to fight for the goal and started pushing up a little more and luckily we got a PK and I had a rebound off Jordan's shot and was able to score it."
On how he felt about his stoppage-time goal:
"Excited! I just wanted to get a goal. I didn't care if it was a in a reserve game or in a 1st team match. I got a goal and it just boosts my confidence and helps me move on forward."
On how game prepares for upcoming matches:
"I think we looked a lot better than how we played all year around and I think we can just improve from that."
RSL Assistant Coach Jeff Cassar
Overall thoughts of the game:
"We are really pleased. I think it's a credit to the guys and the work they have put in the last two weeks that we have had. We've worked them really hard and they haven't had many days off. The energy they had today is a reward of that hard work."
On Sebastian Velasquez's performance:
"He's a spark plug in there. I thought he made some good decisions during the game and was threatening in the attacking third, which is fantastic from him. It was a good performance on both sides of the ball."
So if you were unable to attend the match, you can consider yourself caught up on it.
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