SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke got ejected, as Real Salt Lake had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Petke, who was already incensed with the officiating after Kyle Beckerman drew a red card in Wednesday’s win over Portland, blew up during the second half and was ejected after arguing with the referee on several yellow card calls. In all, six yellows were issued.
“We did more than enough to get three points tonight,” said an irate Petke after that. “I apologized to my players [for getting ejected]. I apologized to my boss. I apologize to the fans.”
Petke then passed out photographs to the media of Kansas City’s Saad Abdul-Salaad putting Joao Plata in a headlock on a breakaway.
“You see the still frame right here of him in a headlock,” Petke said. “In a freaking headlock and nothing is called. I am who I am. If I do not act the way I do, I can’t sleep the next four weeks. I have players that have given me everything.”
“I don’t blame him for going ballistic,” said RSL defender Tony Beltran. “I would have probably done the same based on what was happening in the game.”
Petke will miss RSL’s next game against Columbus.
Luis Silva scored his first MLS goal of the season in the 43rd minute off of a beautiful centering pass from Joao Plata to give Real a 1-0 halftime lead.
But SKC tied the match in the 59th minute when newly acquired defender Marcelo Silva fouled Benny Feilhaber in the box, resulting in a penalty kick, which Feilhaber converted to level the match at one.
Real had several scoring chances in the second half, but could not find the back of the net. Silva hit the post on one shot twice, with his rebound blast hitting the post yet again. RSL put six shots on frame in all.
“I think our legs were a little heavy,” said defender Tony Beltran, whose team played its third match of the week. “If we were fresher, maybe we would have a little more touch in front of the goal. But, the quality is there. We had some great combinations and great looks, but we were just unlucky tonight not to score.”
“Sometimes it just happens like that,” added defender Justen Glad. “I thought we fought to the end and we created a lot of chances. But some days it just won’t go in.”
RSL’s 2-game winning streak ends as they now goes to 7-12-3 on the year. Real is three points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
“I think the way we played tonight shows the momentum is still there,” Glad said. “The fight was there, and we’ll just look to keep it rolling.”
Real Salt Lake next hosts Columbus July 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium.