RSL falls to FC Dallas with slimmed down lineup

RSL Starting XI

RSL Starting XI

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX  – Real Salt Lake left most of players normally see in the starting XI on the bench tonight as they fell to FC Dallas 2-0.  On a night that saw RSL with zero shots on goal, there were still positives to take away from the match.

Coach Cassar noted that “We had a stretch we played six games in 18 days.  You have to manage the players, you have to manage the staff.  I thought the group of players did an excellent job working for each other in difficult situations.”

RSL-vs-Dallas-15With all of the new faces on the pitch it seemed only a matter of time before Dallas would be able to capitalize on their advantage.  In the 18th minute Maura Diaz took a free kick and the RSL back line believed that both Kellyn Acosta and Michael Barrios were offsides and let up on the defense, which gave Acosta a clean shot at goal to put FC Dallas up a goal.

Fabian Castillo put in the insurance goal in the 58th minute on a beautiful shot that Attinella had no chance against.

It has been a rough year for RSL’s first-round 2016 MLS SuperDraft pick Omar Holness who suffered a seizure in a USL Real Monarchs match this year, but tonight he played 90 minutes in his MLS debut.

Coach Cassar on Omar’s performance, “I thought he was great. I really do. He’s had a RSL-vs-Dallas-30tough year. We have very high hopes for him, and he did not let us down. He looked like he made a big step in becoming a man out there.”

Overall, Cassar was pleased with the performance and stated “I had the utmost confidence in this group of guys to get a result here, but we did show a little bit of naivete on a few plays. But they got an experience that they normally can’t get. FC Dallas at home is a very difficult place to play. I thought our men handled themselves extremely well.”


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Goals by Period         1  2  F
Real Salt Lake             0  0  0
FC Dallas                    1  1  2

Scoring Summary:
FCD – Kellyn Acosta – 18′
FCD  – Fabian Castillo  – 58′

Misconduct Summary:
FCD – Matt Hedges – 49′
FCD – Mauro Diaz – 51′
RSL – Omar Holness – 81′

Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referee: Claudiu Badea
Assistant Referee: Adam Garner
4th Offical: Sorin Stoica

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Real Salt Lake: Jeff Attinella; Phanuel Kavita; Jamison Olave; Boyd Okwuonu; Chris Wingert; Omar Holness; Luke Mulholland (Demar Phillips, 67′); John Stertzer; Jordan Allen; Olmes Garcia; Devon Sandoval

Substitutes Not Used: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran; Joao Plata; Yura Movsisyan; Justen Glad

FC Dallas: Chris Seitz; Maynor Figueroa; Matt Hedges; Walker Zimmerman; Atiba Harris; Fabian Castillo; Kellyn Acosta; Carlos Gruezo (Victor Ulloa, 86′); Michael Barrios (Carlos Lizarazo, 79′); Mauro Diaz; Maximilano Urruti ( Tesho Akindele, 70′)

Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez; Agustin Jara; Juan Esteban Ortiz; Colin Bonner

Next up for RSL

Real Salt Lake returns to US Open Cup play Tuesday, June 28th to take on the Seattle Sounders at Rio Tinto Stadium


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