It was a perfect afternoon for the home opener for RSL and the first match of the Rocky Mountain Cup. The weather was perfect, the stadium was full of loyal supporters, and the competition was fierce. The only thing missing was an RSL victory.
A miscue from RSL defender Chris Schuler led to the first goal of the match from Colorado’s rookie forward Deshorn Brown in the 37th minute. Colorado had plenty of other chances, but goalkeeper Nick Rimando had another impressive performance that limited Colorado to the one goal.
RSL came out in the second half showing the intensity and desire to win the match. An equalizer finally came in the 80th minute on a sweet exchange from Gil to Plata to Sabo who fired it past Colorado goalkeeper Clinton Irwin. Irwin came on in the 7th minute for starting goalkeeper Matt Pickens who suffered a broken forearm on an RSL corner kick.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Although coach Jason Kreis and the RSL team consider a draw at home, especially against rival Colorado to be equivalent to a loss, there are many positives that can be taken from this performance. RSL controlled the majority of the match and continued to fight hard to the very end. Hopefully the team can build on this going forward and start getting the desired result.
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Post Game Press Conference with Jason Kreis
RSL v Colorado Match Stats