RSL rolls to preseason victory

Courtesy of the Real Lake Lake media relations department, here’s a recap of Real Salt Lake’s 6-0 victory over a Chinese team this evening.

OXNARD, Calif. — After struggling to find its attack in last Sunday’s exhibition opener, Real Salt Lake had no such troubles in its second go-around this afternoon, finding goals early and often against Shandong Luneng Taishan to post a 6-0 result over the defending Chinese Super League champions in a scrimmage at Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif. Five different players scored with Tino Nunez doing the honors twice to spur the RSL attack.

It would be Nunez getting things off to a flying start inside the first minute of play, as the second-year striker roofed a half-volley from a tight angle to immediately move the scoreboard. Southern California native Yura Movsisyan doubled the lead with his first tally of the preseason in the 10th minute, while Nunez would do his strike partner one better 10 minutes later by finishing off a pass from Will Johnson for his second of the contest, putting RSL up 3-0 after just 20 minutes.

The usual wholesale changes were in order at the half, with center backs Nat Borchers and David Horst serving as the only holdovers for coach Jason Kreis’ side after the break. Even with a new line-up the emphasis on attacking remained the same for RSL, with the effort from the new cast paying off in the 62nd minute as Alex Nimo converted a penalty kick to lift RSL to a 4-0 advantage.

RSL midfielder Kevin Reiman fed trialist forward Arthur Aghasyan for a 77th minute finish and, after Shandong missed a penalty opportunity of their own in the 84th minute, Aghasyan played distributor on RSL’s sixth and final tally setting up fellow camp invitee FW Luis Miguel Escalada’s finish in the second to last minute of regulation.

Real Salt Lake’s original itinerary had the squad scrimmaging UC-Irvine before making the return to Utah on Saturday, but the contest was canceled. RSL will take the Presidents’ Day weekend off from training before holding a practice on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the New Park field house in Park City.

Scoring Summary:
RSL – Tino Nu?ez 1 (unassisted) 1′
RSL – Yura Movsisyan 1 (unassisted) 10′
RSL – Tino Nu?ez 2 (Will Johnson 1) 20′
RSL – Alex Nimo 1 (penalty kick) 62′
RSL – Arthur Aghasyan 1 (Kevin Reiman 1) 77′
RSL – Luis Miguel Escalada 1 (Arthur Aghasyan) 89′

Discipline Summary:
RSL – Chris Wingert (caution) 33′

RSL first half line-up: GK – Nick Rimando; DF – Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, David Horst, Ian Joy; MF – Jean Alexandre, Kyle Beckerman, Will Johnson, Raphael Cox; FW – Tino Nu?ez, Yura Movsisyan,

RSL second half line-up: GK – Chris Seitz; DF – Brennan Tennelle, Nat Borchers, David Horst, Jorginho Paulista; MF – Alex Nimo, Alex Viveros, Clint Mathis, Kevin Reiman; FW – Luis Miguel Escalada, Arthur Aghasyan,

Leave a comment encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.