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Recap: Union Fall 3-0 to Salt Lake

Sandy, UT (May 8, 2010) – Philadelphia Union (1-5-0) dropped their fourth straight league match on Saturday 3-0 to Real Salt Lake (3-3-1) at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mistakes proved costly once again for the Union, who looked far better than the result would indicate.  

“We are not in the business of moral victories," Manager Peter Nowak said after the loss. "We did play good soccer, but we need to convert in order to get results. I am glad that we played this way, but in the second half we were chasing the game. They got another goal and that should not have happened. We need to keep the concentration and keep our focus and try to score a goal. Teams will collect on our mistakes. 

“If we keep our style of play then it is going to pay off, then we are going to score the first goal and we won’t be chasing the game, and then we will win games. We have to have patience and discipline. We have a difficult stretch, there is no doubt about that, but we are not going to lose our passion, we are not going to lose our focus, and we are not going to lose our spirit because that is more important than anything.” 

The Union had two chances to strike first, but were unable to convert. In the 16th minute, Nick Rimando’s clearance went right to Jack McInerney, who momentarily had a wide open goal from 25 yards out. But by the time the striker set up his shot, Jamison Olave was able to deflect McInerney’s attempt.

In the 22nd minute, Jordan Harvey’s cross into the box just missed McInerney’s head, instead falling to Roger Torres far post. Torres squared up to goal from just outside the corner of the 6-yard box, but Rimando made a great save on the point blank shot. 

Despite controlling the run of play for much of the first half, a costly error in the back allowed Real Salt Lake to strike first. Cristian Arrieta’s errant backpass in the 27th minute was gathered by Alvaro Saborio in Philadelphia’s penalty area, and after the deflection off of a Jordan Harvey tackle found Kyle Beckerman, the midfielder fired hard and low into the lower right corner of the net to put RSL up 1-0.

The Union went down 2-0 early in the second half after a yellow card was issued to Arrieta when the defender tackled Will Johnson near the edge of Philadelphia’s box. Chris Seitz got his hands on Javier Morales’ ensuing free kick from a dangerous position in the 51st minute, but Olave ran through the goalkeepers hands, knocking the ball past the goal line in the process. 

Real Salt Lake struck again in the 70th minute. After Pablo Campos took a pass from Saboro in Philadelphia’s area, Campos spun and floated a cross back to a Saboro, who headed the ball with authority into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

"If we go and hang our heads after five or six games, then we are in the wrong business," added Nowak. "All we have to do is keep our spirit and our motivation and we will be good. The team works hard every single week and you can see it with how hard they work during the games. Just the mistakes we made … they need to be eliminated. Our fitness is good and if we are going to keep working as we have, one day it will pay off.” 

Philadelphia will be eager to get back in front of their hometown fans next week against FC Dallas, when the club will play the second of two home games at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, May 15th at 4:00pm before PPL Park’s opening six weeks later. 

Scoring Summary: 

RSL – Kyle Beckerman (Unassisted) 27
RSL – Jamison Olave (Javier Morales) 51
RSL – Alvaro Saborio (Pablo Campos) 70   

Philadelphia Union (1-5-0) -- Chris Seitz; Jordan Harvey, Michael Orozco, Danny Califf, Cristian Arrieta; Andrew Jacobson (Shea Salinas 53), Roger Torres (Nick Zimmerman 71), Fred, Kyle Nakazawa; Jack McInerney (Danny Mwanga 59), Alejandro Moreno

Substitutions not used: Sebastien Le Toux, Amobi Okugo, Shavar Thomas, Brad Knighton

Shots: 7; SOG: 3; Fouls: 15; Corner kicks: 1: Offsides: 3; Saves: 2  

Real Salt Lake (3-3-1) – Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert, Nate Borchers, Jamison Olave (Rauwshan McKenzie 73), Tony Beltran; Kyle Beckerman, Andy Williams (Collen Warner 79), Will Johnson, Javier Morales; Alvaro Saborio, Robbie Findley (Pablo Campos 38)

Substitutions not used: Luis Gil, Jean Alexandre, Kyle Reynish, Robbie Russell

Shots: 12; SOG: 5; Fouls: 13; Corner kicks: 1; Offside: 1; Saves: 3 


RSL – Andy Williams (Caution, Tactical Foul) 17
RSL - Kyle Beckerman (Caution, Tactical Foul) 41
PHI – Cristian Arrieta (Caution, Tactical Foul) 50
RSL – Nat Borchers (Caution, Tactical Foul) 81

Referee: Hilario Grajeda

Referee's Assistants: George Gansner; Cameron Blair

4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Attendance: 14,224
Time of Game: 1:48
Weather: Cloudy-and-63 degrees

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