Javier Morales’ new club shuts out RSL

Javier Morales

Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – Javier Morales made returned to the RioT tonight for the first time since leaving the club last year, although he stayed on the bench for the duration, his new club shut out RSL for their 3rd loss in a row.  RSL paid tribute to Morales and the impact he has had on this club.  It was great to see Morales, Rimando and Beckerman on the pitch together.

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RSL Welcomes FC Dallas to Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday Evening

Javier Morales

Javier Morales

SANDY, Utah (Friday, May 5, 2017) – Real Salt Lake (2-5-2, 8th West) returns home to Rio Tinto Stadium this weekend to face West rival FC Dallas (4-0-3, t-2nd West) Saturday night. Fans are encouraged to arrive early prior to the game’s 7:30 p.m. MT kickoff, in order to witness a special pre-game ceremony to honor former RSL and current Dallas midfielder Javier Morales, in his first visit to Utah since departing the club last November.

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He’s Back!!! Sabo makes an impressive return to RSL

Sandy, UT –  He’s Back!  Alvaro Saborio makes an impressive return to RSL after almost IMG_2583four months off for an injury.  It may have been the fastest goal in Major League Soccer Saturday night when Sabo capitalized on a great in ball by Javier Morales and headed the ball into the net, just five seconds and his first touch after entering the match.

IMG_2530On a night that looked threatening int he skies turned threatening on the pitch, for FC Dallas, as Real Salt Lake came out with an intensity that they could not match.  Robbie Findley who has not scored a goal in MLS play this season, his lone goal came in an Open Cup match, had a number of great chances early in the match and was finally able to capitalize in the 31st minute after a rebound on a shot by Luke Mulholland landed at his feed and he punched it past Raul Fernandez to give RSL a 1-0 lead.

IMG_2680FC Dallas was able to even things out in the 62nd minute when Michel Pereria took a free kick on the edge of the box that went right through the wall and past Nick Rimando.  Findley exited the match in the 67th minute and we were finally able to see Sebastian Jaime for the first time in and RSL kit.

Perhaps the biggest moment of the IMG_0432night came when Alvaro Sabario was subbed in for Olmes Garcia in the 76th minute of play and promptly made a header to the center of the goal off of a cross from Javier Morales.  The 2-1 score line held as Real Salt Lake was able to get 3 points on  the night.





Quotes from Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar:

On the Sabario Goal: “This might have been the fastest goal scored”

On the evolving situation of strikers: “There’s no letdown ever”, “Once we move one IMG_0372player off, bring somebody on, it’s becoming relentless.  It keeps teams pinned back. It keeps them honest so they can’t move up the field.  It’s going to be nice to be able to move a player off and bring somebody else on who’s just as productive”

“It’s got to be deflating to another team realizing that they have this coming onto the field to make an impact”

Quotes from Real Salt Lake Owner Dell Loy Hansen

“For the first time in the whole time I’ve been at Real, I really like the forward situation”


Real Salt Lake:  Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert; Nat Borchers; Chris Schuler; Tony Beltran; Kyle Beckerman; Luke Mulholland (Luis Gil, 76′); Ned Grabavoy; Javier Morales; Olmes Garcia (Alvaro Saborio 76′); Robbie Findley (Sebastian Jaime, 67′)

FC Dallas: Raul Fernandez; Jair Benitez (Moises Hernandez, 77′); Matt Hedges; Zach Loyd; Je-Vaughn Watson; Michel Garbini Pereir; Peter Luccin (Tesho Akindele, 45′); Victor Ulloa; Kellyn Acosta (Mauro Diaz, 81′); Fabian Castillo; Andres Escobar

Up Next:

Real Salt Lake (12-5-10) aims for redemption as they return to Seattle to take on the Sounders (16-7-3) on Friday September 12th.

Disappointment in Dallas for Real Salt Lake

IMG_4681Frisco, TX – Disappointment in Dallas for Real Salt Lake as once again we were shown how hard it is to win in Texas.

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 Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders (8-16-2014)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 vs Seattle Sounders (8-16-2014)


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).