In truth, it was just like last year, when RSL surrendered a 1-0 home lead to FC Dallas in the dying seconds of its season opener, a result that set the tone for a season the Royals would later finish second-to-last. Not that anyone particularly thinks this result has any bearing on the great things the team could do this year.
There were some positives, says Brad Rock of the Deseret Morning News. For starters, the team dominated the game statistically, outshooting the Fire 17-8 with four times as many shots on goal (8-2). "I thought we played all-soccer," said Kreis. Indeed, Rock says RSL played like a team "that expected to win." However, that still isn't good enough, not for a franchise that's yet to make it to the playoffs or record a winning season. As Rock says, "RSL is in need of good things to happen -- fast."