In Real Salt Lake’s 1-1 draw against Minnesota United, I think everyone was hoping for a bit more excitement than we ultimately got. The first game this season with them had so much fire behind it, we just didn’t see that in this one.
In the first half, the energy was there, but the second half got dreary quickly in the face of Zac Macmath fumbling a save that lead to the tying goal for Minnesota.
One shining light in this game, though, was Damir Kreilach.
Obviously, Kreilach had the beaut of a goal.
But what Kreilach also had through this one was a leadership presence that helped in a game that was frustrating. RSL had chances to score, but so did Minnesota.
This game, if you look at the stats, was a perfect draw. 12 shots apiece, 47% versus 53% possession, 82% passing accuracy on both sides. These teams are evenly matched. It’s only fitting the game ended in a draw.
Kreilach showed poise throughout this game and kept fighting even when Minnesota found the tying goal. Andrew Brody also deserves a shout in this one for his energy he brought to the team when things started going down hill.
He showed his team how to not just score the goals, but do the work to help your team stay in a game. There were some questionable defensive moments that he helped clean up and sprung many counterattacks.
He’s been doing it all season and had there not been a mishap that lead to the tying goal, Kreilach’s work would have been the difference maker in this one.
Kreilach continues to show leadership every week and he was a big part of RSL’s draw tonight, even if it maybe should’ve been a win.