Coach Martin Rennie was not a happy man following his squad’s 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night. After coming off an important win on Wednesday against FC Edmonton to move into the Finals of the Canadian Championship, his team had a listless performance on the road in Salt Lake City.
However, Rennie was relatively pleased with how his team started as they remained compact and found a few countering chances but failed to score.
“I think the first half was a good road performance,” said Rennie. “We played quite well. We created some good chances. We didn’t really look at any danger. So it was a solid half from us, but obviously that’s only halfway through the game.”
To be fair, it was a rather boring, uneventful half, but when you are on the road that’s not a bad result. Both sides really lacked any intensity in the opening stanza. The only player for either side who showed a lot of fire was Nigel Reo-Coker, who was very aggressive in the defensive half of midfield, picking up a yellow card for a tackle in the 19th minute and remaining physical for the remainder of the half.
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