RSL RESERVES TOPPLED AGAIN IN 0-3 DEFEAT TO FC DALLAS RESERVES
Goals by FCD’s Jonathan Top, Bruno Guarda and Scott Sealy Doom RSL to Third Straight Loss in MLS Reserve League Play
SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, April 17, 2012) – The FC Dallas Reserves left Sandy’s America First Field wet and cold, but with three points in tow courtesy of a comprehensive 3-0 victory over their Real Salt Lake Reserves counterparts on Tuesday. With the win, the FC Dallas Reserves move to 3-1-0, their nine points good for a share of the Central/Mountain Division lead alongside the Houston Dynamo, while the RSL Reserves’ third straight defeat dropped the Utah side to a disappointing 0-4-1 halfway through their 2012 MLS Reserve League calendar.
Rainy conditions in the first half made for some slippery footing, hearty challenges and tense moments, culminating with a 34th minute altercation that followed Dallas forward Ruben Luna’s sliding challenge into RSL goalkeeper Kyle Reynish, which resulted in a yellow card shown to the Hoops’ attacker. Luna would help move the scoreboard shortly thereafter in the 41st minute, his lobbed ball across the six finding midfielder Jonathan Top, who slammed a side-volley past Reynish and inside the bottom left corner to put the visitors up 1-0.
The FC Dallas Reserves doubled the advantage shortly after halftime off a penalty kick opportunity, created in the 49th minute when RSL defender Chris Schuler clipped Luna inside the box. Midfielder Bruno Guarda would earn a caution for dissent shortly after the foul, but he was composed enough to bury the spot kick low and inside the right post seconds later to put Dallas up 2-0. Five minutes later the Hoops tacked on a third, as defender Mike Ambrose swung a ball in from the left wing to on-rushing striker Scott Sealy, who placed his re-directed header off the right post and in.
Tensions once again rose to the forefront in the 80th minute, when RSL Reserves forward Paulo Junior was shown a red card for a reckless challenge in the center circle against Top, followed shortly thereafter by Guarda’s ejection for making contact with the referee in the ensuing scrum. The Claret-and-Cobalt’s best chances of the day came in the 88th minute from midfielder Jordan Allen, but the RSL-Arizona Academy product saw both of his shots from within 10 yards blocked by a scrambling Richard Sanchez, who entered the match at goalkeeper at the halftime break and combined with starter Chris Seitz for the shutout.
After starting their season with five games in seven weeks, the Real Salt Lake Reserves will take the next two months off before resuming MLS Reserve League play at its America First Field home on Tuesday, June 12 (11:00 a.m. MT kickoff) against the Chicago Fire Reserves (2-2-0). The FC Dallas Reserves will resume play with a road challenge against Sporting Kansas City Reserves (1-1-1) at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on Tuesday, May 1 (7:30 p.m. CT). Click here for the full 2012 MLS Reserve League schedule on MLSsoccer.com.
Real Salt Lake Reserves Notes
- Today’s match saw the debut of goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez in an RSL uniform, the recent Homegrown signing coming on in the 67th minute in place of starter Kyle Reynish.
- The Real Salt Lake featured a pair of players from its RSL-Arizona Academy in today’s contest, with midfielder Jordan Allen entering at the hour mark in his third RSL Reserves appearance of the year, while central defender Carlos Salcedo played the final 15 minutes in his fourth “cap” for the Reserves.
- With their full shifts today, defender Leone Cruz and midfielder Yordany Alvarez remain the only two players that have logged the full 450 of MLS Reserve League play across RSL’s opening five contests. Midfielder Jonny Steele has played all but eight minutes of the season, while Reynish’s departure in the 67th minute in today’s contest marked the first time he has not been on the field for the RSL Reserves in 2012.
MLS Reserve League Box Score
Real Salt Lake Reserves 0 : 3 FC Dallas Reserves
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
America First Field – Sandy, UT
FCD – Jonathan Top (Ruben Luna) 41
FCD – Bruno Guarda (penalty kick) 49
FCD – Scott Sealy (Mike Ambrose) 54
FCD – Ruben Luna (caution, Reckless Tackle) 34
FCD – Bruno Guarda (caution, Dissent) 49
FCD – Bruno Guarda (ejection, Unsporting Behavior) 80
RSL – Paulo Jr. (ejection, Reckless Foul) 80
Real Salt Lake Reserves (4-4-2): Kyle Reynish (c) (Lalo Fernandez 67); Terukazu Tanaka, Leone Cruz, Chris Schuler, Chris Estridge (Carlos Salcedo** 75); Yordany Alvarez, Enzo Martinez (Jordan Allen** 60), Jonny Steele, Sebastian Velasquez; Paulo Junior, Emiliano Bonfigli
Substitutes Not Used: Taylor Bowlin*, Luis Gil
FC Dallas Reserves (4-4-2): Chris Seitz (c) (Richard Sanchez 45); Alex Lee, Matt Hedges (Aaron Guillen** 88), Mark Barone*, Moises Hernandez; Jonathan Top (Flavio Guzman** 81), Bruno Guarda, Victor Ulloa, Michael Ambrose; Scott Sealy (David Robledo** 60), Ruben Luna
Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Leyva
**RSL-Arizona/FC Dallas Academy player
Referee: Alex Krelo
Referee Assistants: Hamed Sadeghi, Alan Jimenez
4th Official: Brad Jensen