Both Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas came into tonight having won their last 3 matches, but only one could continue the run and tonight it was FC Dallas. After going down a man just at the end of the first half they came out with renewed drive to score goals in the 50th and 74th minutes to get 3 points on the night.
Coming into the match RSL (11-4-9), FCD (11-7-6) holding the 2nd and 3rd positions in the Western Conference standing. With the Dallas result, both clubs are now tied with 42 points and holding a tie for 2nd place in the conference, with Dallas holding the edge on the tie breaker.
This is the second time this year these clubs have met with year, the first meeting was on May 24 at Rio Tinto Stadium and ended in a draw. Last year RSL defeated FC Dallas for the first time ever in Texas on July 13th when they came out on top in a 3-0 decision.
At the end of the first half Blas Perez, who already had a yellow card on the night, was sent off for embellishment after a foul on Chris Schuler who received a yellow card on the play, resulting in FC Dallas being a man down the for remainder of the match.
The scoring for Dallas was kicked off when Je-Vaughn Watson got lucky when the ball bounced of his hand and into the goal in the 50th minute of play, and Castillo scored the followup in the 74th minute of play. Real Salt Lake Finally got on the board in the first minute of stoppage time when Olmes Garcia got his third goal of the season. But time ran out on RSL as they go home with no points tonight losing 2-1.
Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert (Olmes Garcia, 57′); Nat Borchers; Chris Schuler; Tony Beltran; Kyle Beckerman; Ned Grabavoy; Luke Mulholland (Sebastian Velasquez, 71′); Luis Gil; Joao Plata; Robbie Findley (Devon Sandoval, 80′)
FC Dallas: Raul Fernandez; Jair Benitez (Kellyn Acosta, 64′); Matt Hedges,; Zack Loyd; Je-Vaughn Watson; Michel Gabrini Pereir; Victor Ulloa; Andres Escobar (Ryan Hollingshead, 70′); Tesho Akindele; Fabian Castillo (Peter Luccin, 80′); Bla Perez
Up Next: Real Salt Lake (11-4-10) travels to San Jose’s new Stadium on August 30th to take on the San Jose Earthquakes (6-9-7).