First, there was the no call when Chris Wingert got kicked in the face against the L.A. Galaxy that should have resulted in a penalty kick. Then last Saturday there was the bad call on Nat Borchers that did result in a PK against Vancouver.
"Sometimes, that's just soccer," said defender Tony Beltran. "Maybe a couple calls or bounces don't go our way, but it could have gone the other way early on and now they're going against us. We can't control what the referee or anyone else does. We can only control what we do. So, in that situation, I'm really proud of our response and the fact that we didn't put our heads down and say the world is against us. We fought back and got a point."
RSL did respond after the call against Borchers with a game-tying goal by Joao Plata earning Real one point.
"Extremely pleased with the response after the goal," said head coach Jeff Cassar. "That's going to be the message today. Let's have that response right from the beginning."
"Hopefully it will turn because we've had some tough breaks, but hopefully it will make us stronger and those calls will turn," said goalkeeper Nick Rimando. "I think the way we responded after that PK call was great. It showed a lot of character and fight. We just got to do that for the full 90. If we do that for the full 90, there is no way teams can hang with us here."
Real's frustrations boiled over against the Whitecaps, mainly because of the defensive style teams are playing against them.
"We're just trying to play," said midfielder Kyle Beckerman. "We're trying to go out and get after teams. We're trying to make it fun for the fans and play attacking soccer. It's not always the case when teams come into play us here. A lot of times they're just here to defend, to get a tie, or maybe sneak a win. But they're not here to play us straight up."
An early goal would help, but that's something RSL has not been able to do the last couple of matches.
"If you get that goal early or any time really in the game, now their whole game plan they came in with is completely in the trash now," Beckerman said. "Now they got to come and play you, or if not, they're going to lose."
Montreal comes into Thursday night's game with the worst record in MLS at 3-10-5. But the way Real has been struggling lately, they are not taking the Impact lightly at all.
"They're a good team," said Cassar. "They just haven't gotten the results that they've wanted."
"At this point in the season, we need points," said Beltran. "So, we're taking this game as seriously as any other opponent. Montreal's got capable people. So of course we're not taking these guys lightly."
RSL and Montreal will square off at 8:00 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium. The match will be televised on CW-30.
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