March 26, 2011
Galaxy routed at Rio Tinto
\SANDY, Utah---Real Salt Lake wiped the pitch with the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday night. Andy Williams scored two minutes into the game and Javier Morales added two goals later on as RSL swept to an easy 4-1 win at sold out Rio Tinto Stadium.
|Bruce Arena claimed a share of the responsibility for the Galaxy’s poor performance against Real Salt Lake. “Obviously I point the finger at the coach when the team shows up and plays the way we played in the first 15 minutes of the game.”
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For Salt Lake, the result pushed the team’s MLS-record home undefeated streak to 26 games (18-0-8). The result also pushed RSL’s overall regular season unbeaten mark to 16 games, the second-longest such run in MLS history.
“For forty-five minutes, that was probably the best soccer I’ve ever seen in this stadium and from this team,” said RSL Coach Jason Kreis. “It was a sheer delight to watch that.”
Williams made it 1-0 barely before the Galaxy had time to blink, netting a goal just 76 seconds into the game. After a turnover in the midfield, Morales sent a through ball to the left side to Paulo Jr. His cross skipped across the box to Williams, who poked it past netminder Josh Saunders.
Less than eight minutes later, RSL made it 2-0 on a penalty kick by Morales after Saunders collided with Paulo Jr in the penalty area.
“We came out poorly, there’s no question about that,” said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena. “We turned the ball over and made some bad plays and they capitalized. The second goal off the penalty kick I think was a terrible call by the referee, but it didn’t certainly didn’t cost us the game. We were completely outplayed in the first half and we were punished properly.”
Despite the cold temperatures, RSL was just getting warmed up, with Morales scoring his second of the game in the 41st minute. Chris Wingert bounced a throw in from about 25 yards out to the top of the box. Morales was able to run in on the ball unmolested and then launched a right-footed shot into the upper right corner of the net.
Barely a minute into the second half, Nate Borchers almost made added another goal, with a beautiful diving header off a cross from Morales, but Saunders was able to dive backwards and catch the ball before it crossed the goal line, even thought almost all of the goalkeeper’s body was in the net.
RSL finally made it 4-0 in the 68th minute, when Fabian Espindola slipped past two defenders and made a long run down the left side of the field before sending a cross to Paulo Jr., who easily slotted the ball inside the back post.
The Galaxy, playing without Landon Donovan who was off on National Team duty, had little in the way of offense, but the team’s two other designated players finally connected for the first time this season in the 80th minute.
David Beckham sent a 35-yard free kick skipping into the penalty area, where Juan Pablo Angel was able to redirect it into the net with his right foot. For Angel, who got his first start in a Galaxy uniform, it was his 59th career goal in MLS.
“It was good, but I wish it would have been under different circumstances,” said Angel of scoring his first Galaxy goal. “But it is always important to get off the mark, especially on a new team. I have a mix of emotions because it wasn’t a good game for us.”
The Galaxy, who opened last season with a 12 game unbeaten streak, and four straight wins, are now 1-1-1.
“You take a lot out of this [game],” said Arena. “I think sometimes you can learn more when you lose games than when you win. Tonight there were a lot of individual mistakes. Obviously I point the finger at the coach when the team shows up and plays the way we played in the first 15 minutes of the game.”
RSL -- Andy Williams 1 (Paulo Araujo Jr. 1, Javier Morales 2) 2
RSL -- Javier Morales 1 (penalty kick) 10
RSL -- Javier Morales 2 (Chris Wingert 1) 41
RSL -- Paulo Araujo Jr. 1 (Fabian Espindola 1) 68
LA -- Juan Pablo Angel 1 (David Beckham 1) 80
LA Galaxy -- Josh Saunders, Sean Franklin, A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant, David Beckham (Bryan Jordan 88), Chris Birchall, Juninho, Michael Stephens (Paolo Cardozo 58), Juan Pablo Angel, Chad Barrett (Miguel Lopez 46).
Real Salt Lake -- Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell (Tony Beltran 63), Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Andy Williams (Collen Warner 69), Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Ned Grabavoy, Paulo Araujo Jr. (Luis Gil 77), Fabian Espindola.