Real Salt Lake 1 : 0 New York
Battle of the Trialists: Won by Vets
by Ethan Gomberg
Real Salt Lake defeated the New York Red Bulls tonight in Tucson, Arizona 1-0. Both squads, fresh from the first few preseason camps fielded a majority trialists and reserve players.
For NY, forward Corey Hertzog played well and goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo shined along with newcomer Victor Palsson. For RSL, several of the reservists and trialists made a good showing. Although caught off-guard at times, Terukazu Tanaka made a good showing.
Several of the RSL newcomers on the backline improved their standing with coach Jason Kreis.
In the midfield, young talent Nico Muniz showed great promise with his touch and passing.
Kreis’s problem now is to figure out who will actually make the roster. Of special note, Colombian-American midfielder Sebastian Velasquez acquitted himself ready for the pros when he became the only RSL player outside of backup keeper Kyle Reynish (who played excellent as well) to go the full 90 in Arizona.
On the flip side, trialists and Superdraft pick Diogo de Almeida was only on the field for 15 minutes.
Real Salt Lake, unlike New York made wholesale changes around the 60th minute. Regular starters like Jamison Olave, Fabian Espindola and captain Kyle Beckerman were inserted in the game.
Striker Espindola’s pairing with fellow forward Paulo Jr became especially fruitful when he made the critical run and pass to Paulo, who slotted in the evenings lone and winning goal.
Even though this match was dominated by guest, trialing and reserve players, RSL’s starters made a statement, playing in dominating fashion in the last 30 minutes. Several times in the final stretch Real Salt Lake’s possession style play completely held the ball and made the only threats on goal.
Two players for New York tonight, Willis Forko and Mehdi Ballouchy actually got their start with Real Salt Lake and played with head coach Jason Kreis as their captain. RSL wear their new 2012 kits tonight. Play continues Friday when RSL takes on western conference nemesis Los Angeles. All matches are available for viewing on mlssoccer.com
RSL: Paulo Jr. 1 (Fabian Espindola 1, Chris Wingert 1) 75’
NY: Leobardo Alvarez (caution) 33’
New York Red Bulls – Jeremy Vuolo (GK), Jonathan Borrajo, Tyler Ruthven*, Leobardo Alvarez*, Connor Lade (Andrew Welker* 86’), Brandon Barklage* (Willis Forko* 81’), Ryan Maduro* (Jose Angulo* 46’), Victor Palsson, Mehdi Ballouchy, Corey Hertzog, Jhonny Arteaga (Giorgi Chirgadze* 71’)
Substitute Not Used: Philip Tuttle*
Real Salt Lake – Kyle Reynish (GK), Terukazu Tanaka (Tony Beltran 61’), Leone Cruz (Jamison Olave 66’), Carlos Salcedo (Chris Schuler 66’), Lance Laing (Diogo de Almeida 46’, Chris Wingert 61’), Nico Muniz (Luis Gil 66’), Yordany Alvarez (Kyle Beckerman 66’), Sebastian Velasquez, Enzo Martinez (Ned Grabavoy 66’), Emiliano Bonfigli (Paulo Jr. 66’), Cody Arnoux (Fabian Espindola 66’)
Substitutes Not Used: Nick Rimando, Lalo Fernandez
* – Guest Player