Missed opportunities and a lack of quality efforts from Real Salt Lake earned the hosts a 1-1 draw against the fledgling San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night in Utah.
RSL took the lead early in the second half from a Damir Kreilach header in the 54th minute and the run of the play showed some promise leading up to the goal. However, the Earthquakes would equalise ten minutes later off a Danny Hoesen goal, his 10th goal of the season.
The draw felt more like a loss for the RSL fans and team as they dominated the Earthquakes for most of the match. RSL had 27 shots with eight of them on goal and controlled possession over the Earthquakes at 65%-35%. Midfielder Albert Rusnak attributed a lack of quality on their shots in the match during his post-match comments and Head Coach Mike Petke said it felt like a loss.
While RSL have two matches at home out of the next three they couldn’t afford dropping points to a team like the Earthquakes. The playoff race can get away from RSL like it did last season if they can’t get all three points at home, especially if they can’t produce positive results away from Utah.
RSL currently occupy a playoff spot in the Western Conference in a tie with Vancouver Whitecaps FC at fourth place with 23 points. San Jose fell to bottom of the Western Conference after Colorado earned a 3-2 victory last night against Minnesota.
Man of the Match: Midfielder Albert Rusnak
Rusnak created the chance for Kreilach’s goal and could have two more assists if his teammates finished their chances. Rusnak showed real quality on the attack when the forwards didn’t show much of it in the match.
Next up for RSL: At Columbus on June 30th.
Next up for San Jose: Hosting Los Angeles Galaxy June 30th.
Written by Allen Corbin – (@AllenCorbin)