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RSL reacts to 1-0 loss, elimination

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm with No Comments »
November 8, 2012 11:52 pm

Here’s some of what Real Salt Lake had to say tonight after their 1-0 loss to Seattle ended their season.

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
Thoughts on one goal being the difference between RSL and Seattle in the Playoffs:
“I don’t know you never know what to expect. It could be a situation where it’s hard to come by, and then you come to the game and it ends up 3-2. I think again it was a game where there were chances that weren’t taken properly for both teams. It’s unfortunate that we are on the losing end of that.”

On being the end of an era: “We’ll see, we’ll see.”

On scoreless game for tonight, and for the past month:
“You have to score goals to win games. It really comes down a pretty simple game, if you don’t score goals you’re never going to win games. You have got to win to advance.”

On positive outcome from the match: “Yeah come on lets be fair, our guys worked so hard for it. Really the whole year for me, extremely proud of this group, extremely proud of the effort they put forth tonight. A lot of good things came out of this year, with numbers of wins and numbers of points, and we broke some records for our club, so there were definitely some positive things that we should remember.”

Thoughts on the aura of Rio Tinto Stadium: “The aura of Rio Tinto… You know I think that we were a very confident team at home. We are a team that gets on the front foot and tries to keep our opponents pinned in for most of the match and I think you saw that again tonight. Seattle was living and dying on the counter, and credit to them they had a game plan and they succeeded with it. I hope that, in the grand scheme of things, everything evens-out and that’s just the way I see the game. So nobody misinterpret what I’m saying right now, but I hope that if there is a hundred games played, the team that’s willing to risk more, the team that’s willing to be more bold, the team that’s willing to set the tempo and wanting to set the tempo gets results; but for what I have seen over the past couple of days that’s not happening.”

Thoughts on the fans: “Another game where I thought they were incredible. A lot of games that we get through the middle of the second half and we are dying down and the noise level, but not tonight. They were with it from minute one to minute ninety, so we have to appreciate that, we have to continue to try to draw from that.”

Thoughts at being 0-0 at halftime, and knowing the wind was going to be there: “I did, I thought the wind was a real factor, it makes it difficult and plays right into what they are doing, playing so many run-on balls into our box and trying to counter on us. I think it played into what they were doing, so we get to minute 43 I was kind of thinking let’s get to halftime 0-0, rather than trying to score that goal right before half, so I thought we had done a good job to get there and I had continued to believe, and I guess I will continue to believe that things will eventually even out and go right for us.”

Thoughts on the goalkeepers: “Unbelievable. Again both goalkeepers played incredibly well. The shot that Rimando saved down to his left was a phenomenal save; Gspurning had a couple of really clutch saves for his team as well. You’re going to need that this time of year, you got to have players who will step up and play.”

Thoughts on not scoring goals late in the season and the offseason: “I don’t know. I think it’s important to try to figure out exactly why you’re not scoring those goals. For me again, creating the right number of chances, maybe a few a decisions were wrong in the final third about where the ball needed to go and when it needed to go. I think it’s the typical stance that most people would take is that it falls on the forwards, but not for me, no it falls on everybody to create good goal scoring chances and to take goal scoring chances.”

Real Salt Lake MF Javier Morales
On how he feels after the loss to Seattle:
“We tried hard and just couldn’t. We are sad because we wanted to advance and play in the conference finals, but now we are going home.”

On getting fouled on various occasions during the match: “Yeah, I got fouled a lot. But that is not the problem. The problem is that we couldn’t score in the last five matches and you have to score to win a game. Tonight we tried hard but we couldn’t again.”

Real Salt Lake MF Kyle Beckerman
On not being able to finish:
“It’s been a while since we scored. I miss celebrating and all that stuff. We just came up short. We gave everything we’ve got and put the pressure on them. We created a couple of chances that we needed to and we didn’t score.”

On how he feels about the season as a whole: “We had a lot of fun times. At the end of the season there is only going to be one team that is really happy. But, we had a lot of positives this year.”

Real Salt Lake MF Will Johnson
On the nature of the MLS Playoffs:

“It’s a bit of a crapshoot, it always has been over the years and it is what it is. It’s fun and we enjoy playing in these kind of games. There’s so much on the line and anyone can get the MLS Cup. Obviously we experienced that ourselves one year.”

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