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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
2010 season
OwnerSCP Worldwide
CoachJason Kreis
StadiumRio Tinto Stadium
Major League Soccer2nd
MLS CupConf. Semifinals
U.S. Open CupDid not qualify
CONCACAF Champions LeagueFinals
Carolina Challenge CupRunners-up
Top goalscorerLeague: Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío
All: Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío (18)
Highest home attendance20,463 vs Cruz Azul
(October 19)
Lowest home attendance11,579 vs Toronto
(September 15)
Average home league attendance18,764
← 2009
2011 →

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 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.

Contents

OverviewEdit

MarchEdit

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

AprilEdit

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

MayEdit

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

JuneEdit

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

JulyEdit

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

AugustEdit

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

SeptemberEdit

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

OctoberEdit

SquadEdit

2010 rosterEdit

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

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

ReservesEdit

TransfersEdit

InEdit

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

OutEdit

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

LoanEdit

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

StatisticsEdit

Appearances and GoalsEdit

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   Tim Melia 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
2 DF   Tony Beltran 23 0 17+1 0 3 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
3 DF   Robbie Russell 29 0 21+1 0 5 0 1+1 0 0+0 0
4 DF   Jámison Olave 31 3 27+0 2 4 1 0+0 0 0+0 0
5 MF   Kyle Beckerman 29 1 21+1 0 5 1 0+1 0 1+0 0
6 DF   Nat Borchers 37 2 30+0 1 5 0 2+0 1 0+0 0
7 MF   Alex Nimo 1 0 0+0 0 0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
8 FW   Will Johnson 36 6 24+4 1 6 3 2+0 2 0+0 0
10 FW   Robbie Findley 34 9 15+9 5 2+4 1 1+0 1 3+0 2
11 MF   Javier Morales 31 8 25+1 7 4 1 0+1 0 0+0 0
12 DF   Jean Alexandre 20 0 5+10 0 3 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
15 FW   Álvaro Saborío 35 18 23+4 12 5 6 1+1 0 1+0 0
16 FW   Fabián Espíndola 28 6 19+3 5 3 1 0+2 0 1+0 0
17 DF   Chris Wingert 30 5 22+2 5 4 0 1+0 0 0+1 0
18 GK   Nick Rimando 33 0 27+0 0 5 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
19 MF   Ned Grabavoy 31 0 18+5 0 6 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
21 MF   Luis Gil 2 0 0+0 0 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
22 MF   Nelson González 18 2 3+9 1 4 0 1+0 1 0+1 0
23 FW   Paulo Araujo Jr. 6 4 0+3 0 2 3 0+0 0 1+0 1
24 GK   Kyle Reynish 7 2 3+0 0 1 0 2+0 0 1+0 2
26 MF   Collen Warner 18 1 4+9 0 3 1 2+0 0 0+0 0
28 DF   Chris Schuler 4 0 1+0 0 1 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
30 DF   Rauwshan McKenzie 9 0 2+2 0 2 0 2+0 0 1+0 0
33 DF   David Horst 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
77 MF   Andy Williams 36 0 20+10 0 5+0 0 0+1 0 0 0

Top scorersEdit

DisciplinaryEdit

FormationEdit

Starting XI vs. Colorado on Oct. 23:

OverallEdit

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   Jámison Olave 10   0  
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   Nat Borchers (37)
Top scorer   Álvaro Saborío (18)
Points Overall: 56/90 (62.22%)

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

ClubEdit

Coaching staffEdit

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

Last updated: 20 October 2010
Source: Real Salt Lake

ManagementEdit

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

Last updated: 20 October 2010
Source: Real Salt Lake

CompetitionsEdit

OverallEdit

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

PreseasonEdit

Major League SoccerEdit

League tableEdit

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

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner; (E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (W1) = Western Conference champion

Results summaryEdit

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

Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
GroundAAHAAHHHAHAHHHAAHHAAHAHAHHAAHA
ResultWLTLLWWWWWTWTWWLTWTTWTWTWTWTWT
Position27710139553333332332333332222222
Updated to match(es) played on September 26, 2010. Source: MLS Results and League table
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; L = Loss; T = Tie

Regular seasonEdit

  Win   Tie   Loss

MLS PlayoffsEdit

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]

U.S. Open CupEdit

CONCACAF Champions LeagueEdit

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 StandingsEdit

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

Results summaryEdit

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

Round123456
GroundHAHAAH
ResultWLWWTW
Position122111
Updated to match(es) played on September 26, 2010. Source: MLS Results and League table
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; L = Loss; T = Tie

Match resultsEdit

NotesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. 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 from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
  14. ^ RSL push past TFC for share of Group A top spot