Real Salt Lake’s captain, midfielder Kyle Beckerman, has no concerns about where his team stands at this point of the season. And he shouldn’t as the team currently sits in solid shape in the standings (currently tied for 3rd in the West) despite having a bit of a rough go early in the season with a challenging schedule, and missing key players at the start of the season. However, Beckerman did point to one area where the team clearly needs to improve: finishing.
“I don’t think it’s a team thing,” explained Beckerman after Saturday’s practice session before embarking to Los Angeles and the Home Depot Center ahead of tomorrow’s match against Chivas USA. “I think it’s more us as individuals. We’ve got to step up and make plays and make sure we’re finishing, because as a team we’re creating them and that’s a good thing.”
Beckerman had strong thoughts on the consequences of building that finishing. “If we do (finish), we’re going to win a lot of games.”
The RSL Captain feels like the team has gotten over a rough end to their two games on the road last week. After a win at New England, the squad appeared set to follow it up with another victory in Montreal. However, the Impact responded with two goals including the late winner to crush RSL’s dreams of a first every win north of the border.
“It was terrible,” said Beckerman. “We just felt bad. We felt gutted. That’s your immediate reaction.”
However, as they say, time heals all wounds.
“After we looked at the video and really saw what the performance was there was a lot of good stuff. I think we were a bit unfortunate for them to get that equalizing goal. That’s going to happen, and it seems like right now we’re not getting the bounces from the referee’s or from the soccer gods, but that’s not something we can control.”
Now the Claret-and-Cobalt venture to southern California for a showdown with the Goats who started the season well but have cooled off as of late. Beckerman believes that they’ll still be a challenge.
“I think huge is their counterattack ability,” analyzed Beckerman. “They kind of just play this free flowing game that throws a disorganized game and chaos at you. And you’ve just got to be disciplined. You’ve got to be organized, and like we always say, you’ve got to finish your chances.”
So there it is again, finishing. If RSL learns to master that, then they’ll be a team to be reckoned with.