Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake Lose 4th Straight, 3-1, As Questions Begin To Mount
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The Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake were back after a long international break. It was 27 days since The Vancouver Whitecaps fell to the Houston Dynamo 2-1 back in May. They were looking to break their losing streak but tonight would not be the night. A first-half goal and then a brace by Damir Kreilach would help seal the 3-1 victory for the home side.
Vancouver would tie things up in the second half thanks to the newest Whitecap, Brian White. The Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake wouldn’t be able to hold on, as two late goals in stoppage time would be the difference. It was a disappointing result for Marc Dos Santos side. They picked things up and were the better team in the second half but what counts is the result.
Lineups, News, And Notes Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake
It was a long time ago but Vancouver would make 3 changes to the lineup that lost to Houston. Lucas Cavallini was back from international duty but would start the match on the bench. Jake Nerwinski and Bruno Gaspar were both out for the Whitecaps which meant Javain Brown would get his second start. Marc Dos Santos would also switch to a 4-3-3 formation and bring in Michael Baldisimo to provide a spark in the midfield. Brian White would get the start-up top with Cava on the bench.
Real Salt Lake coach Freddy Juarez would make just one change to his lineup. David Ochoa would slot back in between the woodwork in replace of former Whitecap Zack MacMath. Jaurez has been very steady with his lineup so far this season.
Real Salt Lake Scores Late In A Physical 1st Half
The Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake would kick things off in the first half. It was Real Salt Lake that would get the first chance in the 2nd minute as Albert Rusnak would float a cross through the box. Javain Brown was shown an early yellow card by the referee Rubiel Vazquez for a hard foul on Andrew Brody. Salt Lake would take the free-kick short and look to work it down the right side. The Whitecaps were able to clear the danger as we moved into the 5th minute. Salt lake would come right at Vancouver with a dangerous counterattack.
Anderson Julio was sprung down the right side past everyone. He decided to take the shot, but Maxime Crepeau was equal to the task to keep it 0-0. The Whitecaps would get their first chance with the ball in the 8th minute as they would control in the Real Salt Lake half. Caio Alexandre would have a go from the corner of the box after some nice play with Caicedo. His shot was blocked, but Vancouver would maintain possession. Brian White would get called for a foul in the 10th minute for being a bit too aggressive.
Salt Lake would turn it right back over to Vancouver who was working down the left side. A great tackle by Aaron Herrera would break up the chance for Cristian Gutierrez in the 11th minute. RSL would take back control as the early pace was slow. Cristian Dajome would be taken down late by Marcelo Silva in the 12th minute as both teams got early cautions. Vancouver would get a great chance for a free-kick after a nice turn by Alexandre would force a foul. The Whitecaps Cristian Gutierrez would send in the free-kick directly to keeper David Ochoa.
The physicality would pick up as we moved into the 16th minute. Janio Bikel was taken down hard to give Vancouver back possession. Gutierrez would try and pick out Alexandre at the back post, but the ball would run too long and out for a goal kick. Salt Lake would come right back at Vancouver. Crepeau was forced to make another great save on Rubio Rubin. He got a great pass from Rusnak and was able to chest it down and volley it on the net. As the match moved into the 21st minute, Vancouver was having nice touches on the ball but couldn’t break that final 3rd.
After a turnover from the Caps, Real Salt Lake would win a deep throw. It was delivered into the box but cleared away easily. The pressure would continue as Salt Lake would cross it dangerously into the box. Erik Godoy was able to block it and Vancouver would clear but only as far as Rusnak. He would test Crepeau from distance but it was an easy save for the Whitecaps keeper. Janio Bikel would try and get a shot for the Whitecaps in the 25th minute but sent it well wide of the net. Vancouver would get a great opportunity in the 26th minute after Gutierrez was taken down.
The ball was whipped in by Deiber Caicedo, but it was to the front of the box and cleared away. The second chance was a nice looking play for Caicedo, but it was offside and saved by the keeper for good measure. The 28th minute would see RSL with another deep throw into the box. It was cleared away before play was stopped and things got a bit chirpy. Rusnak and Crepeau had some words after the play as things got back underway in the 30th minute. For two teams that share a home, there was no love lost between the two squads as Bikel was called for a foul on Pablo Ruiz in the 31st minute.
Real Salt Lake would get another chance after the ball would bounce to Rusnak at the top of the box. His shot was blocked away by Dajome and the Whitecaps were able to relieve the pressure. The game would slow down as we got into the 34th minute. Both teams were looking to string together some decent possession but sloppy passes and it would go back and forth. Things would continue at this pace into the 37th minute. Salt Lake would cross in a ball that was easily snatched by Maxime Crepeau.
The first corner of the match would go to RSL in the 39th minute as Andy Rose was forced to head it out of touch. Ruiz would send in a lobbing cross that went over everyone and out for a throw. Dajome would get bodied out by Nick Besler as Vancouver tried to attack. Brown was sent out wide to the right but his cross into Brian White was poor and over the net. The Monarchs would get back on the attack as Brody would beat Brown down the left side. His cross was cleared away and out of danger and the Whitecaps at Real Salt lake tried to counter.
The counter was wasted with a bad pass and Salt Lake would head back the other way. The ball would get worked into the middle from Brody to Rusnak. Rusnak was able to find Damir Kreilach in a good area and his shot deflected off Andy Rose and past Crepeau. Unlucky for the Caps keeper, but Kreilach gave RSL the 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute. Vancouver would get a late chance to tie things up with a free kick from about 30 yards away. Dajome sent it right to the chest of Ochoa, and Rubiel Vazquez would blow the whistle on the first half. RSL had the advantage in possession with 57% to Vancouvers 43%.
Whitecaps Claw Back In The 2nd Half But Falter In Stoppage Time
No changes for either side as Real Salt Lake kicked off the second-half action. After an early collision Baldisimo would need attention and Brown looked to come up with a limp away from contact. Both players would stay in the match and Vancouver would try and tie things up. Gutierrez would work his run into the box before the ball would come wide right to Bikel. He sent a shot just wide of the far post in the 49th minute and out for a goal kick. The Whitecaps would win a throwback and maintain possession but the final quality was still lacking.
Vancouver was switching things around nicely but Godoy’s ball to Brian White was long and out of touch. Things were starting to look more promising for the away side as we moved into the 54th minute. The time was running too fast for Vancouver but not fast enough for RSL. Dajome would make a great turn and beat his cross was cleared away. Vancouver would continue pressing and Brown would cross a great ball into the box. Brian White was on the other end of it and tapped it in for the 1-1 tie in the 54th minute. It did bounce off the RSL player but the Whitecaps will take it.
Salt Lake would almost restore the lead but Maxime Crepeau was quick off his line to gobble up the ball before RSL could pounce. The attack would continue in the 58th minute for Salt Lake, some good work down the sides were providing some dangerous crosses. Godoy was able to chest the ball down to Crepeau who would slow things down for Vancouver in the 59th minute. They didn’t play very slow as Brian White would try a strike with his left foot that curled wide of the net. The match would really open up as we hit the 60th minute.
Real Salt Lake would win a corner and take it quickly but Rusnak’s shot was over the net. Marc Dos Santos would make the first substitution of the match bringing on Lucas Cavallini for Brian White in the 61st minute. Both teams were looking for that next goal as things opened up in the 63rd minute. Real Salt Lake would cross a dangerous ball into the box but Brown was able to head it away from danger. Cavallini would get his first touches in the match before it was sent out for a throw. Vancouver would win a corner kick in the 65th minute when Real Salt Lake was forced to clear it.
Caicedo would send an outswinger into the box and Javain Brown got a free header. He sent it far wide of the net and the pressure was momentarily relieved. Alexandre would spring Cavallini in the 67th minute, but he was in too tight, and his shot was blocked and then sent out for a goal kick. Fredy Juarez would make 2 changes in the 68th minute as Justin Meram would replace Julio and Erik Holt would come on at the back for Silva. Salt Lake would start to hold more of the ball.
Meram almost made an immediate impact, but Gutierrez was able to get the ball and clear it as we neared the 70th minute. Vancouver would take back the ball, and Cava would win a foul with his strong positioning. Vancouver was in no hurry to take the free-kick and would move bodies forward into the box. Gutierrez would send in a beautiful ball and Andy Rose would head it right off the crossbar. It stayed out and was cleared out for a Whitecaps corner. The ball was delivered into the back post but Brown couldn’t get a good direction on the header and it was out for a goal kick.
Real Salt Lake would win a corner of their own in the 73rd minute as they tried to change the momentum. Rusnak would send it in near post and it was cleared easily by Brown for a throw. Salt Lake was taking advantage of the deep throw and would win another corner in the 74th minute after Baldisimo cleared it out of touch. Ruiz would once again cross it in over everyone and turn the ball over. It didn’t take long for them to win it back as the home fans cheered on RSL.
Another cross into the box in the 76th minute, but Andy Rose was able to calmly head the ball away. Vancouver would slow things down and take control. Cavallini would try a shot from a distance that was wide and RSL would try and counter. Justin Meram would try and move down the right on Brown but the ball was tipped away by Gutierrez. A hard collision followed that saw Cristian take the worst of it and stay down the pitch for several minutes. RSL would make a change during the break bringing on Everton Luiz for Ruiz.
RSL would take the free-kick but it was cleared easily out for a throw. The long throw was also cleared by Dajome as Vancouver would calm things down. Russel Teibert would be brought on for the injured Gutierrez in the 84th minute. Vancouver would get a chance to break on the counter and Justin Meram would take down Caicedo for a foul. He was shown a yellow card and Vancouver had a dangerous chance to take the lead. Derek Cornelius would replace Deiber Caicedo as Marc Dos Santos shuffled his squad.
Baldisimo would send the free kick into the box, but it was cleared by RSL. Dajome would send the second chance to the back post, but it was cleared before a Vancouver foul. Salt Lake would look for a foul but the referee waved him off the ground in the 87th minute. The home side would continue to look for the second goal. A great run down the left side by RSL, who cut it back but Rose was there to clear once again. Things would pick up once again after Vancouver won the ball back.
Alexandre was stomped on hard by Aaron Herrera in the 89th minute. The 4th official would signal an additional 7 minutes as Vancouver fans would get a bit nervous. Salt Lake would move in on the attack and look to cross the ball into the box. Russell Teibert would knock the ball out for a deep throw for Salt Lake. A deep throw from Herrera would find Erik Holt who was able to flick it past both Brown and Crepeau. It was heartbreaking for the Whitecaps who gave up a late goal to go down 2-1. After a chance for Vancouver of their own with a deep throw, things would go from bad to worse.
The Whitecaps were pressing forward looking for an equalizing goal. It left them too open at the back, and RSL would take advantage. Justin Meram would send a great cross into the back post, and Kreilach was able to head it through the legs of Crepeau. It was a brace for Meram and put the match out of reach for the Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake. Salt Lake would make one final substitution, and Holt was shown a yellow card in the 7th minute of added time. That was all Vancouver could muster, as they fell 3-1.
Post Match Thoughts And Media
It is always a somber mood after a Whitecaps loss, and tonight was no different. Marc Dos Santos spoke about the match and the 2-1 goal for Real Salt Lake. “What’s disappointing is the way they get the 2-1 is in a play that we were very aware [of], we worked a lot. Everybody knew that was coming, we defended a couple of them, they were not able to break us and get dangerous shots in the second half, but then the ball from the throw-in is disappointing. It’s too bad to concede, especially the goal in that throw-in. That changed the game.”
I asked Marc Dos Santos if he could take away many positives from the match, he spoke about the team’s slow first half after such a long break.
“We knew the first half would be average, everybody coming back from three weeks [off]. We had a tough time in the pressure from the front, but then we were slowly able to grow into the game. Then in the second half, we were able to adjust some things, we were able to build, we were able to have possession, to press better from the front. So we were seeing growth.”
Marc Also Commented on the injury to Cristian Gutierrez and the changes he had to make when he came out of the match.
“The injury of Guti destabilized a little bit what we wanted to do because then we didn’t have a natural left-back. With Bruno out and Jake out we had to be careful with our shape there. We brought Rusty first and then Derek to close that left side. It made us change tactically, what we wanted to do, and that’s something that I’ll definitely question: if we could have had another right back in that moment, and maybe put Javain left-back. But again, in the game, everything happens fast.”
I asked Javain Brown about the late goals the team gave up tonight, “I mean, definitely we have to look into it, but I can’t blame anyone. I can’t say it’s one mistake, it’s just unfortunate what happened, and we have to just go back to the drawing board and try to improve on it.”
Andy Rose was up last and gave some thoughtful answers to the team’s struggles. “So frustrated, first and foremost, to lose a game in that way. I thought overall it was pretty back and forth, fairly even, and then second half, I actually thought we came out and totally deserved our goal. Good passages of play. We’re obviously a real threat on set pieces. A little bit more quality in those moments and we can probably take the lead and go 2-1 up, it becomes a very different game.”
He would also speak on the play of the newest Whitecap Brian White, “I want to make sure I mention Brian White and his work rate, especially in the first 15 minutes of the second half before he went off. I thought he was fantastic and did his job so well of being a target, making the right runs, holding the ball, playing it, bouncing off and first time keeping it for us, allowing the defense to push up our lines, and then fully deserved his goal.”
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match
Losing isn’t fun for the team or the media that has to cover it. If everyone remembers the minute and a half media from Maxime Crepeau from earlier in the season. Tonight my Unnamed Moments of the Match brought to you by The Sports Talk Line Network are as follows.
The Unnamed Goal Of The Match
He was impressive in an exhibition match, and Brian White scored his first goal with his new team. It tied up the match at 1-1 and gave Vancouver fans life before it was stolen away.
The Unnamed Dunk Of The Match
This is not the way you treat your best friend and roommate, even if you just beat them 3-1!
Okay it wasn’t that big of a dunk I just really like the movie “Step Brothers”.
The Unnamed Best Moment Of The Match
It was an important celebration by both teams and Major League Soccer Friday night. MLS will be celebrating Juneteenth with special jerseys being auctioned off for charities. Our favorite Couch Ultra’s had a great tifo and thread to mark the occasion.
The RSL Fans at Rio Tinto Stadium also marked the occasion with a tifo in collaboration with their supporters and the Whitecaps.
The Vancouver Whitecaps And The Sports Talk Line Network
The Vancouver Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake lost their 4th straight match, and things won’t get any easier. LA Galaxy will head to Utah for a mid-week match on Wednesday, June 23rd against the Whitecaps. Sports Talk Line will have you covered all this week as the team looks to snap their losing streak.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and updates about the Vancouver Whitecaps. After a good start, the team is hovering around the bottom of the MLS Western Conference. They will need to turn things around and quickly if they want to keep pace and not fall too far out of a playoff spot.
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