banner

Soccer

more stats

Impact, RSL clash at Rio Tinto

Sandy, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of interconference rivals will hope to get back to winning ways on Thursday when Real Salt Lake welcomes the Montreal Impact to Rio Tinto Stadium.

Both teams are hoping to snap winless streaks in league play as Real Salt Lake is winless in it past two matches, while Montreal has struggled for most of the season and is trying to break the shackles of a three-match losing streak.

The hosts are coming off a 1-1 draw against Western Conference rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Rio Tinto last Saturday.

Vancouver took the lead in the 73rd minute, converting a controversial penalty kick as Darren Mattocks earned the call on a breakaway in the box after RSL defender Nat Borchers appeared to make a clean slide-tackle to get the ball out from under the speedy forward, but the referee pointed to the spot. Mattocks converted the penalty.

But RSL pulled even with nine minutes to play when Joao Plata ran onto a through ball from Kyle Beckerman and smashed it past Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted to the near post for his team-leading eighth goal of the campaign.

"I would have liked to see us be better in the final third, maybe, in the first 45 minutes. Then, after we got a couple of changes, it injected some energy into it. A little bit of threading behind [their defense] opened things up. It was much more attractive in the second half. We wanted three points, and we got one," said RSL head coach Jeff Cassar.

"We really had them back for the first 20 minutes. We were putting the ball in really dangerous spaces, and then they countered and became dangerous a couple of times. They gained some momentum there. We need that little bit of extra brilliance in the attacking third, whether it's a better final pass or a better shot -- we're just lacking that."

Montreal, meanwhile, fell to the Columbus Crew, 2-1, at Crew Stadium last Saturday, the side's third consecutive defeat in league play.

The Impact managed to snag the lead in the 36th minute after midfielder Justin Mapp found Marco Di Vaio near the top of the box, where the Italian striker turned his defender inside out and placed his shot low to the far post.

But Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor struck twice in the 56th and 75th minute to hand his team all three points.

Anor gave his team the lead when he ripped a strike on target from the top of the box that took a deflection and wound up in behind Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush.

Anor then put his team up for good 15 minutes from time through his fourth goal of the season, when the Venezuelan intercepted a ball at midfield and dribbled to about 25 yards out before driving a bullet far side.

"In the run of play, I think we had some clear looks to make it 2-0, but we couldn't capitalize," said Impact head coach Frank Klopas. "I think we lost the game in the midfield today. We weren't quick enough on the ball. We didn't step up on Anor and he scored two great goals."

Defender Heath Pearce lamented his team's inability to hold the lead.

"I'm at a loss for words," added Pearce. "We have to find a way to keep going, whether its going our way or not. It feels like we've been swimming against the current since the start of the season. It's a really tough time."

Thursday's clash will be the first of the season between the sides, which last met on May 11, 2013 when Montreal claimed a 3-2 win over RSL at Stade Saputo.

07/23 16:45:02 ET

Other Stories

TV
  • World Series: Kansas City vs. San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ATL 117
CHA 114
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
CAR
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
SFG
Final
CLE 107
CHI 98
Final
WAS 84
NOP 88
Final
ATL 117
CHA 114
Final
NYK 107
MIL 120
Final
BRK 99
PHI 88
Final
DAL 108
MEM 103
Final
SAN 106
SAC 99
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
UTA
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
POR
 
10:00pm Tonight
PHO
LAL
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
 
8:00pm Tonight
LALAF
ARKST
 
Final
EDM 3
TAM 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
NYR
 
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
SJS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
TOR
 
7:30pm Tonight
MON
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
ARI
 
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
CAR
 
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
PHI
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
VAN
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
FLA
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
TAM
 
Final
PIT 30
HOU 23