RSL ties San Jose in last match at Buck Shaw

RSL ties San Jose in last match at Buck Shaw

Santa Clara, CA (GOOD 4 Utah Sports) - The Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake battle to a 1-1 draw.
Santa Clara, CA (GOOD 4 Utah Sports) - The San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake traded first-half goals at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday as the two sides battled to a 1-1 draw.

“I thought it was a choppy match," said Real Salt Lake head coach Jeff Cassar. 

Sam Cronin scored for the second successive match for San Jose in the 14th minute to put his team in front.

Javier Morales leveled the match with a penalty kick in the 36th minute and the score remained 1-1 through the final whistle.

"You had a team that was fighting for their playoff life in San Jose and a team that was pushing to move up in the table in us. We fought hard. Both teams fought hard and probably a due result,” Cassar said.

Cronin found himself in the right place at the right time in the 14th minute when Chris Wondolowski worked himself free inside the penalty area and cut the ball back for Cronin to finish.

After stepping to the spot, Morales beat goalkeeper Jon Busch for his fourth successful penalty kick this season.

RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando produced an incredible stop on San Jose's Atiba Harris in a first half that produced few chances for both sides.

“I thought it was OK. In the first half, we gave up a few chances that we could have prevented coming off of their ability to penetrate down the middle and getting some crosses in, but in the second half I thought we were far better. We held our line a little higher and that’s what made the difference," said RSL defender Nat Borchers.

The Earthquakes had one final chance in stoppage time when a cross from Cordell Cato was turned on goal by the head of Harris, forcing Rimando to tip the ball over the crossbar.

“We all had to work through our individual games if we wanted to get a result tonight. With Wondo and [Tommy] Thompson, they look to expose that blind spot behind you, so even when we have the ball, we have to think that they’re playing offense all of the time. I would say that was what our defense was focused on in the second half," said Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler
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