2010 Real Salt Lake season

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Real Salt Lake
2010 season
Owner SCP Worldwide
Coach Jason Kreis
Stadium Rio Tinto Stadium
Major League Soccer 2nd
MLS Cup Conf. Semifinals
U.S. Open Cup Did not qualify
CONCACAF Champions League Finals
Carolina Challenge Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío
All: Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío (18)
Highest home attendance 20,463 vs Cruz Azul
(October 19)
Lowest home attendance 11,579 vs Toronto
(September 15)
Average home league attendance 18,764
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors

The 2010 Real Salt Lake season was the sixth year of the club's existence. It was also the sixth year for the club in Major League Soccer and the sixth-consecutive year for the club in the top-flight of American soccer.

Real Salt Lake entered the 2010 MLS season as the defending MLS Cup champions, and participated additionally in the CONCACAF Champions League and played play-in propers of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. During 2010, the club had the most success ever in its history, finishing second place in Major League Soccer, as well as becoming the first American-based club to win a Champions League group; in which they won Group A with a 4-1-1 record. Salt Lake played two play in propers of the Open Cup before eventually falling out against D.C. United.

In the MLS Cup playoffs, Salt Lake was paired against FC Dallas, the eventual Cup runners-up, where the Royals fell 3-2 on aggregate in the quarterfinals.

Overview[edit]

March[edit]

Real Salt Lake opened the season with a 3-0 road victory against San Jose.
MLS: 1-0-0, 3 points, 3 goals for, 0 goals against

April[edit]

RSL began April with a 2-1 loss to Houston, losing after the Dynamo earned two penalty kicks just a minute apart. Upon heading back to Sandy, they played to a 2-2 draw against Seattle, with Álvaro Saborío scoring the equalizer in second half stoppage time, in front of a full stadium with a crowd over 20,000. A week later, they headed to Los Angeles to take on the Galaxy, the team they had defeated on penalty kicks to win MLS Cup 2009. Despite losing 2-1, Real became the first team to score on the Galaxy in the 2010 Season, as Los Angeles had shut out their first three opponents. RSL finished April with a 1-0 loss to the reigning Supporters' Shield winners, the Columbus Crew.
MLS: 0-3-1, 1 point, 4 goals for, 7 goals against

May[edit]

RSL began with a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over Toronto. They then hosted for the first time the new expansion team, Philadelphia, winning 3-0. The next week, they defeated Houston, who had beaten them at home in Houston in April, with a decisive 3-1 win. Going on the road to Los Angeles to face expansion partners Chivas USA, RSL found victory when Fabián Espíndola scored in the 89th minute for the game-winner in the 2-1 win. RSL finished the month with a close 4-1 win over Kansas City in Sandy. Both the five-game win streak and the 15-game home unbeaten streak held by RSL at the end of May are franchise-highs.
MLS: 5-0-0, 15 points, 14 goals for, 4 goals against

June[edit]

After a disappointing scoreless draw on the road against D.C. United, RSL returned home to hand Los Angeles their first loss of the season by a score of 1-0 on a controversial Javier Morales goal. After a two-week hiatus due to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, RSL drew San Jose 0-0.
MLS: 1-0-2, 5 points, 1 goal for, 0 goals against

July[edit]

July saw Robbie Findley return from World Cup play for Nick Rimando's 100th MLS win – a 5-0 drubbing of New England. They took their aggressive playing style on the road, beating the Chicago Fire 1-0. Their 10-game unbeaten streak came to an end against FC Dallas at Dallas, followed by a disappointing home draw against Chivas USA. They were back in form against D.C. United, and came away with a 3-0 win.
MLS: 3-1-1, 10 points, 10 goals for, 3 goals against

August[edit]

RSL's good fortunes continued in August, as the team went undefeated in league play. The month opened with four games in twelve days – three league games and RSL's first CONCACAF Champions League game. After playing to a 1-1 draw with Kansas City at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, RSL paid its first visit to Philadelphia's new PPL Park, earning a point in a 1-1 draw with the Union. RSL headed back to Rio Tinto Stadium to face its 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals nemesis Columbus. RSL won the game 2-0 on a Morales brace. The team then geared up to begin Group A play in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League. RSL defeated Panamanian champions Árabe Unido in Sandy by a score of 2-1 in a wild match that featured over eight minutes of second-half stoppage time. A week later, the team traveled to Estadio Azul to play Mexico's Cruz Azul. Though RSL led 3-2 after 87 minutes, a crazy finish left Real empty-handed, falling 5-4. The team finished the month with an MLS scoreless affair at BMO Field in Toronto, leaving the team in third place on the table at 40 points with eight league games remaining.
MLS: 1-0-3, 6 points, 4 goals for, 2 goals against; CCL: 1-1-0, 3 points, 6 goals for, 6 goals against

September[edit]

September was another spectacular run for RSL, culminating in qualifying for the MLS Playoffs and the CONCACAF Champion's League quarterfinals.

October[edit]

Squad[edit]

2010 roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Tim Melia
2 United States DF Tony Beltran
3 United States DF Robbie Russell
4 Colombia DF Jámison Olave
5 United States MF Kyle Beckerman (captain)
6 United States DF Nat Borchers
7 United States MF Alex Nimo
8 Canada FW Will Johnson
10 United States FW Robbie Findley
11 Argentina MF Javier Morales
12 Haiti MF Jean Alexandre
15 Costa Rica FW Álvaro Saborío
16 Argentina FW Fabián Espíndola
No. Position Player
17 United States DF Chris Wingert
18 United States GK Nick Rimando
19 Brazil FW Pablo Campos
20 United States MF Ned Grabavoy
21 United States MF Luis Gil
22 Argentina MF Nelson González
23 Brazil FW Paulo Araujo Jr.
24 United States GK Kyle Reynish
26 United States MF Collen Warner
28 United States DF Chris Schuler
30 United States DF Rauwshan McKenzie
33 United States DF David Horst
77 Jamaica MF Andy Williams

Reserves[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Previous Club Fee Ref
February 10, 2010 United States Rauwshan McKenzie Unattached Free [1]
February 23, 2010 United States Luis Gil United States Kansas City Wizards Trade [2]
March 14, 2010 Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío Switzerland Sion Free [3]
March 18, 2010 United States Tim Melia United States Rochester Rhinos Free [4]
September 9, 2010 Brazil Paulo Araujo Jr. United States Miami Loan [5]

Out[edit]

Date Player Destination Club Fee Ref
July 6, 2009 Armenia Yura Movsisyan Denmark Randers Free [6]
November 26, 2009 United States Chris Seitz United States Philadelphia Union Trade
January 14, 2010 United States Clint Mathis United States Los Angeles Galaxy Trade [7]
February 12, 2010 Netherlands Rachid El Khalifi Retired Retired

Loan[edit]

Date Player Transferred to Fee Ref
April 2, 2010 United States David Horst Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders Loan [8][9]
April 2, 2010 United States Tim Melia United States Charleston Battery Loan
August 1, 2010 United States Luis Gil United States AC St. Louis Loan [6]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and Goals[edit]

Last updated on 17 November 2010.[10]
No. Pos Nat Player Total MLS CONCACAF Champions League U.S. Open Cup Carolina Challenge Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK United States Tim Melia 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
2 DF United States Tony Beltran 23 0 17+1 0 3 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
3 DF United States Robbie Russell 29 0 21+1 0 5 0 1+1 0 0+0 0
4 DF Colombia Jámison Olave 31 3 27+0 2 4 1 0+0 0 0+0 0
5 MF United States Kyle Beckerman 29 1 21+1 0 5 1 0+1 0 1+0 0
6 DF United States Nat Borchers 37 2 30+0 1 5 0 2+0 1 0+0 0
7 MF United States Alex Nimo 1 0 0+0 0 0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
8 FW Canada Will Johnson 36 6 24+4 1 6 3 2+0 2 0+0 0
10 FW United States Robbie Findley 34 9 15+9 5 2+4 1 1+0 1 3+0 2
11 MF Argentina Javier Morales 31 8 25+1 7 4 1 0+1 0 0+0 0
12 DF Haiti Jean Alexandre 20 0 5+10 0 3 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
15 FW Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío 35 18 23+4 12 5 6 1+1 0 1+0 0
16 FW Argentina Fabián Espíndola 28 6 19+3 5 3 1 0+2 0 1+0 0
17 DF United States Chris Wingert 30 5 22+2 5 4 0 1+0 0 0+1 0
18 GK United States Nick Rimando 33 0 27+0 0 5 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
19 MF United States Ned Grabavoy 31 0 18+5 0 6 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
21 MF United States Luis Gil 2 0 0+0 0 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
22 MF Argentina Nelson González 18 2 3+9 1 4 0 1+0 1 0+1 0
23 FW Brazil Paulo Araujo Jr. 6 4 0+3 0 2 3 0+0 0 1+0 1
24 GK United States Kyle Reynish 7 2 3+0 0 1 0 2+0 0 1+0 2
26 MF United States Collen Warner 18 1 4+9 0 3 1 2+0 0 0+0 0
28 DF United States Chris Schuler 4 0 1+0 0 1 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
30 DF United States Rauwshan McKenzie 9 0 2+2 0 2 0 2+0 0 1+0 0
33 DF United States David Horst 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
77 MF Jamaica Andy Williams 36 0 20+10 0 5+0 0 0+1 0 0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Disciplinary[edit]

Formation[edit]

Starting XI vs. Colorado on Oct. 23:

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United States
United States
Colombia
United States
United States
Jamaica
Argentina
United States
Canada
Costa Rica
United States

Overall[edit]

Games played 40 (30 MLS, 6 CONCACAF Champions League, 2 MLS Playoffs, 2 U.S. Open Cup)
Games won 20 (15 MLS, 4 CONCACAF Champions League, 1 U.S. Open Cup)
Games drawn 13 (11 MLS, 1 CONCACAF Champions League, 1 MLS Playoffs)
Games lost 7 (4 MLS, 1 CONCACAF Champions League, 1 MLS Playoffs, 1 U.S. Open Cup)
Goals scored 66
Goals conceded 36
Goal difference +30
Clean sheets 15
Yellow cards 64
Red cards 1
Worst discipline Colombia Jámison Olave 10 YC 0 Red card
Best result(s) W 5 – 0 (H) v New EnglandMajor League Soccer – 2 July 2010
Worst result(s) L 2 – 0 (A) v DallasMajor League Soccer – 17 July 2010
Most appearances United States Nat Borchers (37)
Top scorer Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío (18)
Points Overall: 56/90 (62.22%)

Last updated: 17 November 2010
Source: Competitions' Wikipedia articles.

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
General Manager United States Garth Lagerwey
Head Coach United States Jason Kreis
Assistant Coach United States Robin Fraser
Assistant Coach United States Miles Joseph
Assistant Coach United States Jeff Cassar
Strength and Conditioning Coach United States Dan Barlow
Team Administrator United States Elliot Fall
Equipment Manager United States Kevin Harter
Assistant Equipment Manager United States Mike Rigby
Head Athletic Trainer United States Jake Joachim
Head Team Physician United States Andrew Cooper
Team Orthopedist United States Dr. Mark Scholl
U-17 Head Coach United States Greg Maas
U-17 Assistant Coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Nermin Sasivarĕvić

Last updated: 20 October 2010
Source: Real Salt Lake

Management[edit]

Owner/Chairman United States Dave Checketts
President United States Bill Manning
Chief Financial Officer United States Gary Reimer
Sporting Director and Director of Youth Development United States Rob Karas
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Rio Tinto Stadium (20,008 / 103x67 meters)

Last updated: 20 October 2010
Source: Real Salt Lake

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
MLS 2nd March 27 October 23
CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage Finals August 18, 2010 April 27, 2011
U.S. Open Cup Qualifier Qualification final April 14 June 2
Carolina Challenge Cup Group Stage Runner-up March 13 March 20

Last updated: 20 October 2010
Source: Competitions

Preseason[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

League table[edit]

Conference

Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 59 30 18 7 5 44 26  +18
2 Real Salt Lake 56 30 15 4 11 45 20  +25
3 FC Dallas 50 30 12 4 14 42 28  +14
4 Seattle Sounders FC 48 30 14 10 6 39 35  +4
5 Colorado Rapids 46 30 12 8 10 44 32  +12
6 San Jose Earthquakes 46 30 13 10 7 34 33  +1
7 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49  −9
8 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45  −14
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs


Overall

Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 LA Galaxy (SS) (W1) 59 30 18 7 5 44 26 +18 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Real Salt Lake 56 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25 2011 North American SuperLiga 3
3 New York Red Bulls (E1) 51 30 15 9 6 38 29 +9
4 FC Dallas 50 30 12 4 14 42 28 +14 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2
5 Columbus Crew 50 30 14 8 8 40 34 +6 2011 North American SuperLiga 3
6 Seattle Sounders FC 48 30 14 10 6 39 35 +4 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2
7 Colorado Rapids 46 30 12 8 10 44 32 +12 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
8 San Jose Earthquakes 46 30 13 10 7 34 33 +1 2011 North American SuperLiga 3
9 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35 +1
10 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38 −1
11 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 33 41 −8 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 1
12 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49 −9
13 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50 −18
14 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49 −14
15 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45 −14
16 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47 −26

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 56 15 4 11 45 20  +25 11 0 4 31 7  +24 4 4 7 14 13  +1

Last updated: September 26, 2010
Source: Major League Soccer
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground A A H A A H H H A H A H H H A A H H A A H A H A H H A A H A
Result W L T L L W W W W W T W T W W L T W T T W T W T W T W T W T
Position 2 7 7 10 13 9 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Last updated: September 26, 2010.
Source: MLS Results & League table
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Regular season[edit]

  Win   Tie   Loss

MLS Playoffs[edit]

Real Salt Lake qualified for the 2010 MLS Cup playoffs following a 2-1 victory at New England on October 2. Amid the controversy surrounding the playoff structure,[11] Salt Lake was seeded as the number two team in the Western Conference bracket, drawn against the third-place West team, Dallas. The draw took place at Major League Soccer's headquarters in New York City on October 24.

The Conference Semifinals served as a two-leg, home-and-away aggregate series with no away goals rule enforced. Salt Lake played at Dallas in Pizza Hut Park on October 30. Despite an early goal from Fabian Espindola in the fifth minute, Dallas would rally with a pair of goals from Jeff Cunningham and Eric Avila, giving not only Dallas the victory, but a lead in the a series.

Both clubs would return to Rio Tinto on November 6 for the second leg. A 17th-minute goal from Dax McCarty gave Dallas 3-1 advantage in the series, and not only jeopardized Salt Lake's chance for going on the Western Conference Championship, but the chance RSL would end their home-match unbeaten streak. A goal from Robbie Findley ensured the streak would stay alive, but it was not enough to defeat Dallas on aggregate, as Dallas would advance 3-2 on aggregate.[12]

US Open Cup[edit]

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

By winning the 2009 MLS Cup championship against Los Angeles, Real Salt Lake qualified directly into Group Stage for the 2010-11 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. It was RSL's debut in the competition.

The draw for the group stage was held on May 19, 2010 in New York City. Salt Lake was paired with 2009 Panamanian champions Árabe Unido as well as the Mexican Professional League's, Cruz Azul and fellow MLS-opponent Toronto FC who qualified for the competition by winning the 2010 Canadian Championship.

Salt Lake's opening game took place on August 18, hosting Árabe Unido in which they won 2-1 thanks to a pair of goals from Álvaro Saborío. RSL would then head down to Mexico City's Estadio Azul to take on Cruz Azul for an August 25 match. During a part of the game, Salt Lake took a 3-1 lead over Cruz Azul, and look destined to become the first MLS club to defeat a Mexican team on Mexican soil in a meaningful competition. However, late goals from Cruz Azul's Javier Orozco gave Azul a 4-3 lead in the 89th minute. A stoppage time goal from Salt Lake's Will Johnson seemed to have savaged a point for RSL; however, a goal with less than twelve seconds remaining in stoppage time from Christian Giménez gave Cruz Azul the final goal to win 5-4.

The Royals would commence Champions League action again on September 15 hosting fellow league team, Toronto FC. In spite of an early goal from Macion Santos, RSL was able to rebound and score four unanswered goals, giving Salt Lake a 4-1 victory and a tie with Cruz Azul for first place in Group A. One week later, the Royals would travel to Panama City to take on Arabe Unido for their home fixture of pool play. Goals from Saborio and Johnson secured a 3-2 road victory for Salt Lake. With the victory, RSL became only the sixth MLS club to win a meaningful competition against a Central American opponent on their home turf. On September 28, Salt Lake qualified for the knockout stage of the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Tied with Cruz Azul with 3-1-1 records apiece, a victory would give Salt Lake first place in their group. Because of the late season push for the Supporters' Shield, Kries fielded primarily a second-tier squad against Cruz Azul. A record crowd came to Rio Tinto on October 19 to watch the group stage finale between the two sides. Goals from the recently acquired Paulo Araujo Jr. and from Collen Warner led to a 3-1 victory over the Cementeros. The win resulted in RSL winning Group A, as well as them becoming the first MLS club to win a Group in the CONCACAF Champions League.

On November 1, CONCACAF held the draw for the Championship Round at their headquarters in New York City. The round commenced during Salt Lake's 2011 season.[13]

Group Standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United States Real Salt Lake 6 4 1 1 17 11 +6 13
Mexico Cruz Azul 6 3 1 2 15 9 +6 10
Canada Toronto FC 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 8
Panama Árabe Unido 6 1 0 5 4 14 −10 3

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
6 13 4 1 1 17 11  +6 3 0 0 9 3  +6 1 1 1 8 8  0

Last updated: November 16, 2010
Source: CONCACAF
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6
Ground H A H A A H
Result W L W W T W
Position 1 2 2 1 1 1

Last updated: September 26, 2010.
Source: MLS Results & League table
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "D.C. United Signs Australian Striker". Washington Post. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Metro acquires Chris Albright for two draft picks". MetroFanatic.com. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Real Salt Lake signs striker Alvaro Saborio". Yahoo! Sports. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "D.C. United signs Floribert N’Galula". D.C. United. 21 January 2010. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  5. ^ [1] – MLSSoccer.com
  6. ^ a b "D.C. United resigns Emilio". Yahoo! Sports. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "D.C United Sends Fred to Philadelphia, Reacquires Goalie Troy Perkins". CSNWashington.com. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  8. ^ PR Islanders FC (2010-04-01). "En realidad, es Real el acuerdo" (in Spanish). Puerto RIco Islanders FC. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  9. ^ PR Islanders FC (2010-04-02). "El defensa David Horst a los Islanders" (in Spanish). Puerto RIco Islanders FC. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  10. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/stats/club/rsl/overall
  11. ^ Mayers, Joshua (October 14, 2010). "Convoluted MLS postseason confuses even Sounders FC". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 18 October 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/kreis-when-it-counted-rsl-played-scared-lose.
  13. ^ "2010–2011 CONCACAF Champions League Schedule" (PDF). CONCACAF. 2010-04-07. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  14. ^ RSL push past TFC for share of Group A top spot