RSL coughs up their unbeaten streak and fails to claim victory in the CONCACAF Champion’s League. A pretty goal by Chilean Humberto Suazo on a dink and dump play at the end of the 1st half the lone tally in the game and all visiting Monterrey needed to insure victory.
Jamison Olave and Will Johnson played strong for the home side, but the Rio Tinto-nators could not break down the Monterrey defense as Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio were stymied time and time again.
Now it’s up to Jason Kreis to reach into his coaching bag of tricks and build motivation anew for the MLS campaign ahead.
Anatomy of a goal: 1:02 mark
The USMNT has seen it a number of times over the past two years. Failure to account for a player making an off-ball run. Here RSL, who had played steely defense all half long, falls asleep but for a brief second and it’s curtains.
Andy Williams is slow getting back to help on the play and Robbie Russell and Jamison Olave are forced to play two on three against the Monterrey winger, Sergio Santana and Humberto Suazo. Olave steps up for a second (1:03) and Russell believes Olave’s going to take the attacker with the ball as Santana dumps it off to Suazo and commences his near post run. You can see the backline’s shape is off as Borchers and Wingert have already dropped providing a little cushion to Santana’s run.
Russell fails to recover as Olave drifts to Suazo (now with the ball) and Santana is played in by the Chilean. The rest is history. While Russell likely should have stepped up there on Santana forcing the more difficult play of letting the winger round-the-corner and cut it back, it was an exquisite give-and-go play with impeccable timing.