Updated Jun 8, 2013 - 10:21 pm
Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 2 Real Salt Lake Match Review and Reactions
By John Zielonka
Real Salt Lake dominated the first half of play and held on to beat their visiting rivals 2-1. Four games into the 2013 MLS season, the Seattle Sounders sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with one point (0-3-1).
Scoring for the home side were Robbie Findley in the 8th minute of play and Luis Gil in the 35th minute. The Sounders closed the gap to one goal on Brad Evans' first of the year in the 57th minute.
Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid lambasted his team on television after a pathetic defensive effort in the first half.
Without the acrobatic saves of Seattle 'keeper Michael Gspurning, Real Salt Lake could have scored several more goals. Seattle was outshot 25-8, with Gspurning making seven saves to keep the margin of victory to one tally.
Findley left the match after his first tally of the game with an apparent groing problem. Seattle forwards Eddie Johnson (78th minute) and newly acquired Obafemi Martins (62nd minute) both exited the match early due to what appeared minor injuries.
Man of the Match: Michael Gspurning
The Austrian native faced a barrage of shots the entire evening. His leaky defense gave Real Salt Lake numerous opportunities that could have doubled or tripled the numbers of goals scored.
Seattle's early season winless streak
"We're picking and choosing what times in the game when we want to play. We have moments in the game where three or four guys are involved and some other guys aren't involved, then some other guys get involved and others aren’t. We have yet to have a game where all 11 guys are involved for the whole 90 minutes. Players have to take hold of the game."--Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC head coach
"We didn't play well. They could have been up 5-0 on us at half. We improved our play in the second half - we did what we could, but the game was lost by then. At 0-3-1, our record is not good. We have to take what's coming our way: the criticism, the backlash - we deserve it, but the good thing is that the season is still young."--Steve Zakuani, Sounders FC midfielder
"You work hard, you should be better than that - we know we're better than that, especially for the first 45 minutes. Now, it's time to react, and we don't need more talk – we need more action on the pitch."--Djimi Traore, Sounders FC defender
Robbie Findley's goal and injury
"It always feels good as a striker to get that first one off your back. Hopefully the rest will start flowing, but we're getting the opportunities and I will get more goals.
"I'll take a couple of days and see how it (the injury) feels and then do what I need to do to get back in. It happened when I took the shot, that's when I felt it. I tried to go on, but I couldn't."--Robbie Findley, Real Salt Lake forward
"I think he strained his groin and I actually believe he strained it on the goal...Often times you have a feeling that forwards are going to score multiple goals once they score one, but then he gets hurt, so I guess if you press me for an answer I'd say that I'll take the goal with the injury, but we will get him back quickly."--Jason Kreis, Real Salt Lake head coach
They said it
"We really created a ton of chances. It could have really gotten away from them if we would have finished one more. All in all that team is not going to lose too many games."--Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake midfielder
"Well there is going to have to be a lot of soul searching from the guys in the locker room and from us as a staff as well."--Sigi Schmid
"We talked before the match about how I'm really looking for improvement, about how we are starting our games, especially at home. And I think that tonight we saw that when we do that, that when we focus on getting a really positive beginning to matches it will often time lead to good things at the end of matches and good results."--Jason Kreis
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