Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – In a match that was all defense Real Salt Lake draws again at home against the league leading FC Dallas.
The result means that neither team moves in the Western Conference standings, FC Dallas remains on top and RSL hold forth place for now. RSL still has not clinched a playoff berth, but with 3 matches to go they are still positioned to make a run at the 2016 MLS Cup.
Both clubs hit the pitch ready to play, the most notable absence was Yura Movsisyan who was injured during practice this week, and Joao Plata who was on the bench but did not start. Scoring opportunities were rare and both goalkeepers were up to the task tonight.
The best chances tonight were first from Maura Diaz who hit the post in the 8th minute, then Juan Manuel Martineze had a chance off of a free kick, but Seitz was able to snag the ball. Walker Zimmerman also had a shot in
the first half when he sent a diving header toward Nick Rimando who notched a save and retained the clean sheet.
The last good chance of the match came in the 85th minute when Joao Plata sent a rocket toward Seitz in the 85th minute. Seitz was able to tip the ball out of the way keeping the match at 0-0.
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
FC Dallas 0 0 0
RSL – Luke Mullholland – 39′ – Foul
FCD – Kellyn Acosta – 85′ – Foul
FCD – Chris Seitz – 90’+1′ – Time Wasting
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referee: Frank Andersen
Assistant Referee: Corey Rockwell
4th Official: Allen Chapman
Real Salt Lake(12-10-8): Nick Rimando; Jamison Olave; Tony Beltran; Justen Glad; Demar Phillips; Luke Mulholland; Javier Morales (Joao Plata, 67′); Kyle Beckerman; Jordan Allen; Juan Manuel Martinez; Olmes Garcia (Pedro Baez, 85′)
Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Attinella; Pedro Baez; Omar Holness; Sunday Stephens; Chris Schuler; Chris Wingert
FC Dallas(15-8-7): Chris Seitz; Maynor Figueroa; Matt Hedges; Walker Zimmerman; Atiba Harris; Carlos Gurezo; Kellyn Acosta; Michael Barrios (Tesho Akindele, 78′); Mauro Diaz (Victor Ulloa, 71′); Mauro Rosales (Ryan Hollingshead, 57′); Maximiliano Urruti
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez; Tesho Akindele; Aubrey David; Norberto Paparatto; Carlos Ruiz
Next up for RSL
Real Salt Lake hits the pitch again.Saturday, October 1st when they travel to San Jose to take on the Earthquakes.