Columbus Crew 2 : 0 Real Salt Lake
RSL continues to struggle in Columbus
Real Salt Lake fell again tonight to the Crew in a lackluster effort following a three hour power outage in Ohio.
The result continues a bad spell, with the cobalt and blue losing their third game in a row in MLS league play.
Tonight they had to play without captain Kyle Beckerman who had accumulated too many yellow cards.
Columbus Crew played an inspired game getting quality goals from Tony Tchani and Eddie Gaven. Their 1st half goals were enough to sink a RSL side in a decline and seemingly short of confidence.
After the match RSL coach Kreis spoke but was sanguine about the bad run and far from panic:
“ We’re in a difficult patch, every team goes through them and we haven’t really had one until now. It’s a long way until the end of the season, we have some players who are out injured, so we need to stick together and keep reminding ourselves that right now we’re not getting the job done but still believe that we can. At some point it’ll come right for us.”
RSL defender Nat Borchers commented on the first half goals:
“You just can’t give up goals in the last five minutes of halves. We always talk about managing games and that is a time in the game where you absolutely cannot give up goals. We got broken down on the play that resulted in the corner kick and we weren’t good enough on the corner kick to stop [Gaven] from scoring.”
Crew Coach Robert Warzycha was positive after the game, with his side winning with the 2 early goals.
Afterwards he praised his own side by complimenting their defeated opponents:
“I think it was a tough game for us, playing against a very good team. We know what they are capable of doing.
They pass pretty well and create a lot of chances. So, we had to be very compact and very organized.
We finished our chances well, two crosses on the ground. The second half, we were very confident defending. Being in the right places, too bad we didn’t catch them once in a counter attack. But with heat like this, I’m pleased with the performance. And obviously, nobody got hurt so that’s very important.”
Real Salt Lake continues to try to find their form when they host Seattle in a 4th of July match at Rio Tinto Stadium.
They now have 32 points from 18 games, four behind San Jose who beat Los Angeles Galaxy in a seven goal thriller.
With Seattle now hitting eight games without a league win, someone’s streak will be broken.