Here’s a few extra tidbits from Real Salt Lake’s 5-0 win over New England on Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Kyle Beckerman didn’t dress for Friday’s game because of lingering pain in his left foot, and his coach isn’t ready to put a timetable on his return.
“He’s close, he’s very close. But having said that, it’s kind of a hard thing to judge; you’re either ready or you’re not. I’m not going to rush him into anything, and I don’t think he’s going to rush into anything. That’s going to be the smartest choice. It wasn’t close enough that I can say Thursday night he’s going to be in.”
Nat Borchers thought the team played much more poised and patient than it did in last week’s 0-0 draw with San Jose.
“We relaxed a bit more on a the ball. We were (a lot) sharper in possession. I don’t think they presented as many problems in terms of their defensive shape as San Jose did,” said Borchers.
Last year when Real Salt Lake beat New England 6-0 on April 25, the team followed it up with a 0-4-3 record over its next nine matches. The dry spell had the club scrambling to make the playoffs the rest of the season.
Kreis doesn’t expect a similar drop off from this year’s team.
“Now we have a group of players that learns, that improves. We only have to make that mistake one time. We’ve had some big wins from then til now, and we’ve responded better after those big wins,” he said.
The five goals scored is the most by any MLS team in one game this season. RSL’s 408-minute shutout streak is also the longest in MLS this season.
With his two goals Alvaro Saborio raised his goal total to a team-high seven, while Javier Morales notched a pair of assists and now his a team-high six on the year.