RSL Win CCL Match Despite Beckerman Red Card


Real Salt Lake 2 : 0 Tauro 

By Brandon Arendt, Rio Tinto Stadium

On a cool summer night Real Salt Lake hosted the reigning Panamanian champions, Tauro FC, in CONCACAF Champions League group play.

RSL needed a win to keep their Champion’s League dreams alive.

Real burst out of the gate with an intensity fans haven’t witnessed since July 27th, when RSL beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1.

From the opening whistle Real Salt Lake controlled possession and bossed the midfield forcing Tauro FC to take a defensive stance for the vast majority of the first half.

In the sixteenth minute Paulo Junior played a cross into the feet of Ned Grabavoy who took a one touch shot at goalkeeper Alvaro Anzola.

However, Anzola was able to make the save pushing the ball only as far as Alvaro Saborio whose one timer was sent over the crossbar.

Twenty minutes later a botched clearance by the Tauro FC defense gave Ned Grabavoy his second opportunity of the match. Grabavoy struck a powerful curling ball toward the far post, striking the upright and sending the ball behind for a goalkick.

The first half continued to be a frustrating affair for Tauro FC and Real Salt Lake as RSL continued to pour on the pressure without finding the back of the net.

Real Salt Lake’s relentless attack didn’t end with the first half whistle.  In the forty-eighth minute, Paulo Junior cut through the Tauro FC defense creating a one on one opportunity with Alvaro Anzola.

Paulo struck the ball with enough pace that Anzola could only push the ball just to his left.  Alvaro Saborio pounced on the loose ball and struck it with force into the open net, giving RSL the 1-0 lead early in the second half.

A mere ten minutes later and Paulo Junior was at it again.  This time he set up Kyle Beckerman at the top of the box.  Beckerman accepted the pass cut back across the defender’s body to create space and calmly slotted his shot home to the opposite post to make it 2-0 in favor of RSL.

In the seventy-second minute disaster stuck for Real Salt Lake.  Kyle Beckerman went in on a challenge after the play had already been whistled dead, and received a red card.  From that point RSL was content to sit back and absorb pressure from Tauro FC to see out the result.

Real Salt Lake is back in action this Friday when they take on the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Philadelphia at 5:30 PM MDT.  The game will be available on the NBC Sports Network.

Will Johnson said of On Panama’s playing style…

“They came to get a draw. I think it was pretty clear what they wanted to do. Sit in, and they did that pretty well in the first half, but once we were able to open them up and get that first goal, it was a completely different game and they had it going. We were able to get that second one, so it was nice.”

Kyle Beckerman on receiving the red card…

“Yeah, so the ball was in the air and it was coming from one side from the other and I’m going to play the ball and this guy comes out of my blind spot and kind of runs into my foot and rolls around like he got shot, which is standard CONCACAF, but yeah I really didn’t see him at all. Today, there was nothing I could do. It might have looked bad but I really didn’t see him. I was trying to play a ball that was in the air. You know red cards, they happen in soccer but you don’t want to get them so you try not to.”

Tauro FC head coach Gonzalo Soto on the environment at Rio Tinto and if it made an influence…

“To see a beautiful stadium, so full of enthusiasm…I think soccer is growing in the U.S. in an incredible way.”


Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2) – Nick Rimando; Kenny Mansally (Jonny Steele, 66’), Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Chris Wingert, Tony Beltran; Kyle Beckerman (C); Ned Grabavoy, Will Johnson; Javier Morales; Paulo Jr. (Fabían Espíndola, 71’), Álvaro Saborío (Yordany Alvarez, 74’)

Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish (GK), John Krause, Luis Gil, Justin Braun

Tauro FC (4-3-2-1) – Alvaro Anzola (GK); Roberto Cortes, Lucho Moreno (C), Reinel Herrera, Leonel Parris; Jean McLean (Ruben Martinez, 75), Juan Perez, Rolando Botello (Mane Asprilla, 53’); Carlos Salazar, Marcos Sanchez; Edwin Aguilar

Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Villareal (GK), Jose Marmolejo, Manuel Vargas, Christian Pareja, Ruben Martinez, Elmer Pinto




Goals by Period        1               2               F

Real Salt Lake                        0               2               2

Tauro FC                     0               0               0

Scoring Summary:               RSL – Álvaro Saborío – 48’

RSL – Kyle Beckerman (Paulo Jr.) – 58’

Misconduct Summary:         TAURO – Edwin Aguilar (Foul) – 60’

                                                RSL – Kenny Mansally (Foul) – 63’

RSL – Kyle Beckerman (Straight Red) – 72’


Referee: Oscar Reyna

Referee’s Assistants: Juan Lemus, Marco Diaz

4th Official: Juan Carlos Guerra

Attendance: 20,430

Weather: Clear and 92 degrees


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  1. It was great to finally see RSL playing in good form and with a burning intensity again! Coach Soto’s comment put a smile on my face too.