Real Salt Lake snaps Chivas USA’s five-game unbeaten streak

Real Salt Lake 1 Chivas USA 0

And deservedly so.

Chivas USA actually played RSL fairly even while down to nine-men after losing Andrew Boyens to two dumb yellow cards in quick succession and becoming the latest MLS team to have a player shown a straight red – Marcos Mondaini – after seriously injuring an opponent with a poor challenge.

RSL Coach Jason Kreis sounded forgiving when asked about the foul:

“To be honest, I didn’t think it was the most flagrant of fouls,” he said. “It’s in the attacking third and Javi was clearly getting ready to shoot. I understand the urgency of the situation from the defender trying to make the play and I really don’t think it was that egregious.”

It was a bad break, however:

“It definitely made the game a bit strange for everybody when you see Javi’s ankle twisted and in a position that you never want to see,” said RSL’s Nat Borchers.

Mondaini was apologetic:

“It was a very unfortunate play and unfortunately I was involved in it,” he said. “It wasn’t my intention (to cause the injury). I’m aware we are colleagues. This is a sport and we have families and I would never have the intention to injure a colleague.

“I never go out with bad intentions, I just go out there and play hard. I want to tell Morales that I wish he recovers promptly and I hope he returns to playing soon.”

Read the brief game story.

Overall, however, Chivas USA came close to a share of the spoils against the best team in MLS:

“In the second half we came out and defended as hard as we could,” Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser said. “We were down two men against the best team in the league. If we could have walked out of there 0-0, what a tremendous result that would have been for us.”

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