In the 23rd minute, on what appeared to be a questionable call, Jason Kreis picked up his sixth yellow card of the season. A harmless slide tackle that will now cost league's all-time leading scorer a chance to shine in his return trip to Dallas where he spent the first nine years of his career.
"My whole family already has their plane tickets and were all ready to see me back in Dallas in the new stadium, and now I get to sit there and watch it," said Kreis. "I don't really want to get started with the referees, but we've had this guy twice now, and I think he was just pathetic with a capital 'P'."
Besides Kreis, RSL will also be without the services of midfielder Andy Williams. The Jamaican national was already close to the limit in disciplinary points, but he made sure he would miss the game against FC Dallas on September 18 when he was ejected on a red card in the closing minutes for what officials called, "Descent toward the referee."
Despite dropping the 1-0 decision to New England Saturday night, there were several positives that came from Real Salt Lake. Shifting to a 3-4-3 formation mainly out of a necessity because the normal right back position players were unavailable, the team found a personnel unit that appeared to be both cohesive and able to sustain a high level. RSL out-shot the Revolution 13-7 including 5-2 on frame, and overall controlled the tempo, possession and attack of the game.
"I thought we had a group out there that played extremely well," said Kreis. "They were just able to slip one by and we had way too many chances go to the wayside."
Both Ellinger and Kreis felt the team made strides in both effort and execution. Especially, coming off the 5-1 loss at Washington D.C. that tied for the franchise's worst loss in its young history.
"I was proud," Kreis said. "We made a good turnaround coming off the game Wednesday."
The newly acquired Melvin Tarley made his home debut, and although he did not score, he represented himself well.
"I thought the crowd and stadium were just great," he said. One advantage that Tarley had coming to Rice-Eccles, was his familiarity with the surface. Playing in Minnesota in the first division, the team played all of its home games on field-turf as well.
"I felt just normal out there. I am pretty use to how the ball reacts and everything," Tarley added. "There are several differences just in how the players are. They are so much faster and stronger. I really have to try to play to my strengths."