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Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake restart MLS with scoreless draw



The World Cup break may be over, but the goals have still not arrived for MLS sides as Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a scoreless draw on Friday night.

Jon Busch got his first shut out for the Earthquakes, but the real story was the play of his opposite number, Nick Rimando. The Real Salt Lake Goalkeeper came up big time and time again to preserve the point for the defending champions.  San Jose came closest to getting a victory on the road in the seventh minute when Chris Wondolowski was alone against the goalkeeper forcing Rimando to make a diving save. 

The defending champions were under a great deal of pressure from the Earthquakes but RSL had a golden chance to come away with all the points at home. In the 59th minute, off a pinpoint cross from forward Alvaro Sabario, Fabian Espindola was unable to convert in front of an empty net.

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  1. I was there too, i wanted to shoot myself i was so bored. Being babied by WC soccer doesn’t help watching the MLS at all, or maybe it was just that that game was horrific.

  2. RSL v Earthquakes game was awful really. I was there. Salt Lake couldn’t hit the open net… findley was greatly missed.

  3. What is also positive is the online services of MLS, ESPN, et al. I will be glued to the USA-Ghana game, but watching good matches always puts me in the mood for more matches. Thank the Lord for on-demand viewing! I am really looking forward to the Philly game and hope they can finish strong at home this season.

  4. Nice new Stadium opening up in Phili this weekend and looks like at least 4 DP’s coming this summer to the league. Also there are 3 good markets coming into the league in the next 2 years with positive expansion news. There are many positives for the MLS to build on going into the second half of the season.

    But, at this point it is impossible for any domestic teams to get attention this weekend. If Bayern Munich and Manchester United were playing in the Champions League final on Sunday (with some of their players off on international duty) I don’t think many people in Germany or England would care.


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