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Real Salt Lake 1 - Chicago Fire 0 - Post Match Comments

With the match being in Chicago and me being in SLC, I have no video of the post match press conference but thanks to RSL communications we have some post match quotes and facts:

RSL now has the 4th longest streak without giving up a goal in MLS History and can jump into third place in their next match July 17th at FC Dallas


TEAM                               MIN           START           END

Houston Dynamo              727            6/10/2007        7/22/2007

Kansas City Wizards         681            4/19/2000        5/27/2000

Los Angeles Galaxy          521            6/17/2006        7/22/2006

Real Salt Lake                 498            5/29/2010        current

RSL's Nick Rimando is now holds the RSL club record for shutout minutes at 498 which is also the 5th longest in MLS history:


PLAYER                           MIN           START           END

Tony Meola, KC                681            4/19/2000        5/27/2000

Donovan Ricketts, LA       612            9/26/2009        4/17/2010

Pat Onstad, HOU             547            6/10/2007        7/22/2007

Kevin Hartman, LA           521            6/17/2006        7/22/2006

Nick Rimando, RSL        498            5/29/2010        current

Post Match Comments:

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis

On their record:

"Really just so proud of our guys tonight.  We have guys that aren't feeling well, humid conditions, coming from a dry atmosphere and I just really felt like the second half more than anything else we battled.  We showed we can do that.  We've been from the majority of the season I'd say a team that's played pretty soccer and hasn't had to really battle for things.  I think tonight, credit to the Fire in the second half they really came at us, made it difficult on us.  I am just pleased with our guys because they fought through and got the result.  It was a fortunate night for us.  At the beginning we were begging for a bounce and now we're getting a few."

Real Salt Lake Midfielder Will Johnson

On managing to quell the Fire pressure in the second half:

"We knew it was going to happen.  They had to throw numbers at us.  We didn't quite have the energy level to keep playing the soccer we were playing in the first half.  So proud of the guys, they showed guts and determination in the second half.   There hasn't been a year in the history of Real Salt Lake where Salt Lake would have won that game tonight after going up a goal, but this year is different.   We have heart and we have a lot of fight and I think you saw it tonight."

On scoring in Chicago for the first time in four years in regulation time:

"Really, wow!  I didn't know, no idea.   We knew we hadn't won here.  To score a goal, we could have had a couple more in the first half and that would have been great but getting that one we knew we were going to have to sit a little bit.  We just didn't quite have the energy to be able to get that second one.  It feels good to win here, especially."

On breaking down the Fire defense:

"It was all right, we had a lot of the ball so they got tired.  At the end, I think the last five minutes all they were doing was clipping it long and didn't have the energy, they had expended a lot of energy in the first half and they expended a lot more energy to get the goal back.  But we got three points and that's all we wanted."

more after the jump:

Real Salt Lake Forward Robbie Findley

On taking the penalty kick:

"I felt good, I've taken them before.  Feel confident stepping up to the spot and took it."

On picking a corner to kick to:

"I think the keeper thought I was going the same way so I switched it up.  As I was standing up I hear some of their teammates calling the goalkeeper's name and I was figuring they were telling him where I went last year so I switched it up."

On getting points on the road:

"It's been something we've been working on.  We didn't do too well on that last year and it is one of our goals this year-to improve on our road record.  So far we are doing the right things.  Tonight's game wasn't the best soccer but we got the win and we stuck in there to preserve it."

On the Fire's defense position in the first half:

"They just seemed like they had everyone back on defense.  In those situations you have to be patient and eventually you start pulling players out of position and things will open up.  In those situations some teams get frustrated.  But the successful ones are patient and move around and things open up."

Real Salt Lake Goalkeeper Nick Rimando

On keeping the score sheet blank for 498 minutes:

"Those posts were nice to me tonight.  I felt like Uruguay back there.  I think we fell asleep twice the entire match and we knew this game was going to be a battle and I think we battled the whole way through; even the posts were with us tonight.  I didn't have to do much, the team really made it easy for me."

On absorbing the Fire's pressure in the second half:

"They came out pressing, they got some corner kicks, they had some free kicks.  Mapp came in the game and he really changed it.  McBride as well, but our defense was up to the task for sure.  It wasn't pretty but we didn't panic.  We still played, we still battled and Javier [Morales] today was our best player, because he was keeping the ball and controlling possession for us."

On challenging for wins on the road:

"I think last couple of years we were happy with a point and if we don't get that point it's not a big deal.  Now it's we aren't happy with a point, we want three points.  I think the confidence of winning early in the season really helps us out in these kinds of games."

Chicago Fire Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos

Thoughts on the game:

"I think we started the match very well, but we played against a good team. We lost the ball the second part of the first half. In the second half, the team played better. When Brian and Justin Mapp arrived on the field, I think the team improved in terms of possession and control of the game. We had two or three chances but we didn't take advantage. I knew that this match was very difficult. The same thing happens to us, the guys make a big effort and we have good moments but we make mistakes when attacking and finishing. We have to think about the future. Some of the players are maturing and this is a different team from last season. Other players are now playing - young players like Kwame, Steven and even Corben Bone.  Like I always tell the players, we need to be a very competitive team. Today, we lost a match but I think we can make something more of it."

On Patrick Nyarko:

"As of now, he has concussion symptoms. I hope we can play him in SuperLiga next week. He's an important player for us but his health is more important."

Steven Kinney:

"I'm very happy with Steve. He showed a very strong personality. It's not easy for a young player to show the confidence Steven showed tonight. He's a very easy -going and good person. Though he played due to certain injuries on our team, he did good work. Everyone is happy with Steve. He's has potential in his position, always supporting the offense and returning to defend. I'm very happy for him."

On SuperLiga and giving new players time:

"SuperLiga is a very good opportunity for the players to show their quality. I think all the players want to play. It's necessary to show that we are a competitive team, but the reality is we don't have a very long roster. In terms of the tournament, we need to think about performing well like the team's run to the final last season. We have to do it again."

On SuperLiga:

"It's an opportunity for our players to showcase their play in an international tournament. We have to leave a good impression. Unfortunately, we won't have certain injured players to play in the three matches in one week."

OK time for work.