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Real Salt Lake 0 - Columbus Crew 1 match facts and post match comments

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Here are the official numbers and comments from RSL's 1-0 loss at Columbus:

Saturday, April 24, 2010 - Columbus Crew Stadium

Scoring Summary:
CLB - Guillermo Barros Schelotto 3 (penalty kick) 38

Misconduct Summary:
RSL - Kyle Beckerman (caution, Reckless Foul) 50

Real Salt Lake - GK-Nick Rimando; DF-Robbie Russell, DF-Jamison Olave, DF-Nat Borchers, DF-Tony Beltran (Nelson Gonzalez 77); MF-Kyle Beckerman (Capt.), MF-Will Johnson, MF-Collen Warner (Javier Morales 62), MF-Andy Williams; FW-Fabián Espíndola (Robbie Findley 62), FW-Álvaro Saborío.

Statistics: Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 4; Fouls: 16; Offsides: 6; Corners: 4.

Columbus Crew - GK-Will Hesmer; DF-Frankie Hejduk (Capt.), DF-Eric Brunner, DF-Andy Iro, DF-Gino Padula (Jed Zayner 54); MF-Eddie Gaven, MF-Brian Carroll, MF-Adam Moffat, MF-Robbie Rogers; FW-Steven Lenhart (Jason Garey 85), FW-Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Kevin Burns 91+)

Statistics: Shots: 14; Shots on Goal: 1; Fouls: 12; Offsides: 2; Corners: 7.

Referee: Steven DePiero
Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Hector Vergara
Fourth Official: Andrew Chapin
Attendance: 14,322
Weather: Rainy, 67 degrees
Time of Game: 1:52

Post match comments:


On the officiating:
"Decisions are going against us and whether or not they are the right decisions, there are decisions that are having to be made. I'm hoping that that will shake over the season and that a bounce or two will go our way and that there will be a decision, or maybe two or three or five that will go our way and it will all level out."

On the Crew's play:
"I thought they played very well. I think it was the best match they played this season. I watched their first two and by a large way this was their best match of the season."

On starting Collen Warner over Nelson Gonzalez in midfield:
"Nelson [Gonzalez] has come in and done a job for us for a team that hadn't gotten results. He came in at the Seattle game and we ended up drawing that game and he starts in the Galaxy game and we lose that game. We have more players that we feel good about than we have positions on the field. It was no knock on Nelson, it was time to give the other kid a chance and I think he did well. I think we have good options."

More comments after the jump:


On Real Salt Lake's confidence in its style of play after winning 2009 MLS Cup:
"We've found a style that works for us, and that works in this league, so I think that's something we want to continue to do; play that style. That's all we keep doing, is just keep trying to play our style and it really works for us, especially away from home."


On RSL's start to the season:
"I think it's most important that we have faith in ourselves and then it helps to have a coaching staff that works with us and reminds that we did it all last year and we had a bad record in the beginning. Ours isn't too bad right now - there's worse out there - so we're going home for the next three games and if we get nine points out of that, then good, but if not, we've still got a long season."


On Robbie Rogers:
"I thought Robbie played very well defensively. He was in the right spot and he covered a lot of ground. He was in the right places and I was very happy with his performance."

On Gino Padula's injury:
"I don't have a full medical report, so I don't know exactly what happened, but I do know it was something in his knee."

On only having one shot on goal:
"I'll take it; its three points. I'd rather win a scrappy game and know we'll get better. Today we had one shot on goal and actually scored and I'm happy about it. "

On Real Salt Lake:
"They're a good team. They won the championship last year, but the result didn't fall their way. I'm glad we won today."


On defending Real Salt Lake's attack:
"Salt Lake has everything you could want up top, from size, to speed, to skill; and I think we did a good job on them tonight. Whether it's me or Chad [Marshall] or Eric [Brunner], we feel like we'll win the majority of balls in the air, and the midfield did a good job of winning second balls and closing their midfielders down."


On the rainy conditions in tonight's match:
"I was talking to Steve [Lenhart] before the game and we said ‘Let's just have fun tonight.' We were playing in the rain; the weather was perfect, the temperature was perfect and I had a great time. The game was a little chippy, but sometimes those are the best ones."


On withstanding RSL's late pressure on goal:
"I thought we could have done a little better job of possessing the ball. But at the end of the game you know they're going to throw everything they have at you and you're going to have to withstand pressure and fight and battle hard and win some challenges in the box and we did that for the most part."