Real Salt Lake’s scoreless draw with the Sounders tonight keeps them three points ahead of Seattle and six ahead of Los Angeles in the MLS Western Conference and . RSL has one game remaining, while Seattle and LA have two.
Here’s some of what Real Salt Lake had to say afterward:
Coach Jason Kreis
(On result…) “A result is a result. One point was our baseline objective coming into the night, we felt if we could get one point, we could control our own destiny in the last week of the season, and make sure we don’t have to play that wild card game. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, look at it and say being up a man for 60 some odd minutes, we probably should score a goal. Credit to Seattle, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to break a team down that is that committed to making sure that they get the point that they so desperately needed.”
(On missing players…) “It’s a bit of a challenge, especially the first two [Will Johnson and Alvaro Saborio], Will is the type of player that when he gets time and space can run the ball at defensive players in the midfield and make them choose. I think we were just missing a little bit of that tonight. With Sabo, we all know what important player he is for us, with the way he holds the ball up for us and gives us a target to play to up front and with his finishing touches around the goal. That doesn’t take away from the efforts that everyone else gave us tonight, everyone had another positive performance in my eyes.
(On Zach Scott’s second yellow card) “I think it was a straight red card. I don’t think there was any question about it. It was a very very dangerous tackle that stopped an attacking chance, so for me, no decision necessary there. For the penalty kick, what’s interesting that led to that play, was [Fredy] Montero, pushing [Jamison] Olave over, so we don’t want to get nit-picky, what are you doing not making that call”
Defender Tony Beltran
(On general game impressions…) “When you have a man advantage, of course, you always want to take care of the win there. I thought we did a pretty good job managing the game and they didn’t get too many chances. You’ve got to be careful because sometimes you can go to sleep, defensively… from that aspect we did well.”
(On Seattle’s aggressive play…) “Seattle’s a team that’s never going to give up, especially with this crowd behind them. We’ve got a history of pretty good games between us, so I’m sure they have that in the back of their mind; they want to get some revenge for us knocking them out last year and getting a win this year on their field earlier in the year. Good for them. They never went to sleep. They never made it easy for us.”
Midfielder Javier Morales
(On RSL not being able to score, even with a man advantage…) “We tried to score for 65 minutes. It was tough, because I believe that Seattle, they [were] down a man and they sit back and just wait. We tried to find a space to score a goal, but we couldn’t.”
(On whether RSL is happy to leave Seattle with one point…) “No. We came here to try to win the game. We tried to do it. Like I said, we tried to find the space. We worked hard to try to score a goal, but we couldn’t do it.”
(On whether he thinks more goals will be scored if RSL and Sounders FC meet in the playoffs…) “I believe because it’s going to be different. It will be do or die. I think it’s going to be different and it depends on who finishes in the second place and the third, so it’s going to be very important. Now we’re in the second place and maybe we have to play the last game at home. I hope we try to beat them if we have to play Seattle again.”