Sandy • Ninety minutes of incredible soccer can be undone by one momentary lapse of focus. That's what Real Salt Lake must continue to realize, coach Jeff Cassar reiterates, that outplaying a team doesn't always guarantee three points if it continues to struggle marking on set-piece situations. Difficulties in that realm have cost RSL the opportunity of securing three points throughout the year.
"It's just winning your individual battles," Cassar said. "We stress it every single day when we go over it … you're already in a crazy defensive posture. Collectively, we're going over everything, we're studying and now it's just going out there and doing it."
In the club's 2-1 win Friday, the Revolution pulled even when Darrius Barnes sent a screaming header by Nick Rimando to equalize. It was an early-season bugaboo for the club when the San Jose Earthquakes scored twice on March 15 to earn a draw. The Philadelphia Union did the same in stoppage time when Maurice Edu's header stole a win from visiting RSL on April 12.