Real Salt Lake 1: FC Dallas 2
By Kali Korbis
Real Salt Lake failed to halt its losing streak on Saturday night, falling 2-1 to FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium.
David Ferreira’s stoppage-time strike proved to be decisive for the visitors, as RSL struggled to find the back of the net throughout the match.
With Kyle Beckerman, Alvaro Saborio, and Will Johnson all playing 90 minutes for their respective national teams during the midweek international window last week and a Tuesday night Champions League fixture looming, coach Jason Kreis opted to use a different starting lineup.
Despite the changes, Real managed to dominate possession and press Dallas early. However, that possession did not translate into goals for the home side, as Fabian Espindola and Tony Beltran both had chances to score in the first half but could not beat Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
The match became chippy early on as well, with Espindola, Beltran, and Kwame Watson-Siriboe all earning first-half yellow cards.
With both sides making attacking substitutions at the half, the intensity ramped up during the second half, and Real nearly got the breakthrough in the 55th minute on an open header by Saborio.
Dallas would force RSL to rue those missed chances in the 61st minute, when Fabian Castillo connected with Ferreira on the counter to put the Hoops up 1-0. The momentum swung Dallas’ way at that point, as Real goalkeeper Nick Rimando was tested several times shortly thereafter.
RSL managed to find an equalizer through Saborio in the 76th minute, and the momentum seemed to swing toward the home side.
As Real pressed forward to find the game-winner, however, Dallas struck again. A misplay in the attacking third led to the Hoops gaining possession and breaking out on the counter via Brek Shea’s diagonal ball. Ferreira neatly finished the play just before the final whistle, sending RSL to its fourth consecutive defeat across all competitions.
Nat Borchers said of the match’s conclusion:
“They definitely flipped the script on us this time. You know, last time we were able to get that game winner in stoppage time and they got it on us this time around. We knew they were dangerous coming into this game and they got a lot of speed and break well on the counter. We didn’t do a good enough job of preventing that counterattack.”
Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said of his team’s effort:
“It was really a hard fought match by both teams, both teams were missing players. We decided to use our players who played in the national camp, they chose to bring players on later. I think being at home, with the crowd, the enthusiasm, and with a good bunch, they came at us really hard. This is just me talking, but it felt more physical than it really needed to be. These two teams really do try to play. They made a couple of tactical changes at half time though that I thought gave us some strength to go at them, make them worry a little bit.”
Meanwhile, as Real’s Champions League match against Tauro FC approaches, Kreis said:
“I think that we are in a very precarious position right now, because we put a ton of emphasis on this game. I was very emotional with my team yesterday and said “enough is enough’, but now we’ve got nine games left and we need a positive big-time reaction and we need 3 points tomorrow night and we need to roll from there. I thought that we got everything but the result tonight.”
REAL SALT LAKE 1-FC DALLAS 2
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012
RIO TINTO STADIUM
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 1 1
FC Dallas 0 2 2
Scoring Summary: FCD – Fabian Castillo (David Ferreira) – 61’
RSL – Álvaro Saborío (Javier Morales) – 76’
FCD – David Ferreira (Brek Shea) – 94+’
Misconduct Summary: RSL – Tony Beltran (Foul) – 14’
RSL – Kwame Watson-Siriboe (Foul) – 20’
RSL – Fabian Espindola (Dissent) – 25’
FCD – Matt Hedges (Foul) – 54’
Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2) – Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert; Yordany Alvarez (Kyle Beckerman, 75’); Ned Grabavoy, Luis Gil; Javier Morales (C); Paulo Jr. (Justin Braun, 67’), Fabian Espíndola (Álvaro Saborío, 46’)
Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish (GK), Will Johnson, Jonny Steele, Kenny Mansally
FC Dallas (4-5-1) – Kevin Hartman (GK); Jair Benitez, Matt Hedges (Hernan Pertuz, 73’), George John, Zach Loyd; Fabian Castillo, Julian de Guzman, David Ferreira, Daniel Hernandez (C) (James Marcelin, 62’), Brek Shea; Jonathan Top (Jackson, 46’)
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Bruno Guarda, Ruben Luna, Carlos Rodriguez
Referee: Juan Guzman
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson, Mike Kampmeinert
4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Time of Game: 1:54
Weather: Clear and 92 degrees