Now that a full day has passed since Real Salt Lake lost 4-0 at Seattle and the players are back at work getting ready for a mid-week trip to Columbus, it’s time to reflect on that sunny afternoon in Seatown. It seemed like RSL players got trampled on a ridiculously soggy artificial turf pitch for no reason--other than to get their butts handed to them.
To his credit, Real Salt Lake head coach Jeff Cassar did very little complaining about the woodshed beating his players took--though he did point out that the first goal Seattle got from the foul called on defender Aaron Maund that resulted in a penalty kick was a mistake.
Ultimately, goalkeeper Jeff Attinella took credit for not doing his job leading up to the foul. He admitted he should have called Maund off the ball and taken more responsibility on the play.
Be that as it may, many Real Salt Lake fans would argue that the foul on Maund was probably not worthy of a penalty kick in the first place and that it may have changed the complexion of the game. After the second and third goals went into RSL’s net you just knew it wasn’t going to be RSL’s day.
Sure, Real Salt Lake fans probably wanted to rip what hair remains from their scalps after witnessing the Sounders treating RSL like it was a soccer team filled with schoolboys. And rightfully so. But it’s time to move on and forget about this painful loss--and that’s precisely what the coach and players were saying after the match.
The penalty kick, Part 1
Cassar: “When it’s hard fought, it’s the 42nd minute, it’s a very even match at a tough place to play, then that – it is a little deflating. But I thought our guys came out hungry and were trying to get back in the game. We weren’t accepting 1-0 down, but it just wasn’t our day. Credit to Seattle for capitalizing on our mistakes.”
Penalty kick, Part 2
Attinella: “I came out, called [defender] Tony [Beltran] off of it, thought I had it and then next thing I know I didn’t. I tried to scramble and find the ball. I thought Aaron (Maund) did a good job of going shoulder to shoulder with him but obviously the ref thought differently and it definitely changed the game. It is what it is; you can’t leave it up to a call. Maybe I should have gone through him but I thought I had the ball but who knows. Obviously he saw it better than I did.”
First two goals
Cassar: “To be honest with you, I just told the guys to discount the third and fourth goals because we were pushing and we knew we were going to be exposed at the back. But I thought the commitment level was there. It was a very even match in the first half for sure. Two dead ball situations – the PK and the free kick – then the rest was just breaks on counters. It’s a tough place to play and we don’t have a full arsenal, but I thought the guys out there did a very good job.”
Defender Nat Borchers: “Either way I think that we’re going to bounce back. They didn’t crush us 4-0 beleaguered. The actual way the game was played, and I think that we’ve got some good games ahead of us and it’ll be important to respond for sure.”
On to the next one
Cassar: “I don’t enjoy it. I don’t want it to happen often, but we knew it was going to happen [eventually]. It was a fantastic run that we went on, but I’m trying to make sure the team will react the same way I do – we have work to do and it’s on to the next game.”