FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, August 27, 2022) – Real Salt Lake (10-8-9, 39 points) earned a crucial road point in the tightly packed Western Conference 2022 MLS Cup Playoff race with a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas, courtesy an equalizer from second-half substitute Anderson Julio.

Real Salt Lake established early pressure in the first few minutes of the match, generating forth several opportunities, including two early corner kicks. But it was Dallas who was able to find the back of the net first, when a blocked ball trickled its way to the feet of Alan Velasco, whose shot gave the home side the seventh-minute 1-0 lead. In the 29th minute, RSL looked to have a chance at the equalizer after being awarded a penalty kick for what was initially deemed a foul on within the box forward Justin Meram, but upon video review the call was overturned. With minutes left in the first half Homegrown defender Andrew Brody had two back-to-back chances at goal, but he was unable to put his opportunities over the line and Dallas entered the halftime break with their 1-0 lead intact.

The start of the second half saw Real Salt Lake continue to press for the equalizer, but unable to put an opportunity on frame until the 64th minute when Julio forced a goal-line clearance from a Dallas defender. Seconds later Meram was brought down just outside the 18-yard-box and Pablo Ruiz’ ensuing free kick nearly snuck in, but Dallas GK Maarten Paes was able to push it up and off the crossbar to deny Real Salt Lake the equalizer. The offensive momentum finally paid dividends in the 69th minute when Homegrown defender Aaron Herrera found the head of a leaping Julio off a long cross to bring the score level.

Following the goal, the Claret-and-Cobalt continued to see chances at goal, looking to snag the game-winner and all three points on the road, but shots from Justen Glad and Rubio Rubin were saved by Paes. Despite a late surge from Dallas, Real Salt Lake was able to hold off the home side’s advances to take a much-needed road point in the team’s final push for a playoff position.

UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake returns to Sandy, Utah for a midweek matchup against Minnesota United FC on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. MT. The match will serve as the Club’s annual Kick Childhood Cancer night.


DAL: Alan Velasco 7th minute: Paul Arriola’s initial shot was blocked by Andrew Brody, but the rebound trickled to the feet of Velasco who tucked a shot through the legs of Aaron Herrera and into the back of the net to take the early lead.

RSL: Anderson Julio (Aaron Herrera, Jasper Löffelsend) 69th minute: Herrera served a long cross to the head of Julio who tucked his shot into the bottom of the near post to bring things level.


  • Bobby Wood (abductor), Danny Musovski (hamstring) and Damir Kreilach (back) were unavailable due to injury. While new signing Braian Ojeda was unavailable due to his pending visa.
  • Costa Rican defender Bryan Oviedo made his RSL and MLS debut, becoming the 11th player to make his club debut this year and the 29th different player used.
  • Coming on as a second-half substitute, midfielder Scott Caldwell made his 250th appearance in Major League Soccer.
  • RSL is now unbeaten in its last three away contests, with draws at San Jose and Dallas sandwiched around a 2-1 win in Seattle two weeks ago
  • RSL has not lost in Dallas since 2017, unbeaten in its last five in the DFW Metroplex, posting an all-time 2W-15L-4T mark in MLS reg. season play

Match: Real Salt Lake vs FC Dallas

Date: August 27, 2022

Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Weather: Overcast and 90 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

Real Salt Lake 0 1 1

FC Dallas 1 0 1

DAL: Alan Velasco 7’
RSL: Anderson Julio (Aaron Herrera) 69’


Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Zac MacMath; Aaron Herrera, Justen Glad, Marcelo Silva; Andrew Brody (Bryan Oviedo 84’); Maikel Chang (Anderson Julio 62’), Pablo Ruiz, Jasper Löffelsend (Scott Caldwell 84’), Justin Meram (Diego Luna 68’); Jefferson Savarino, Sergio Cordova (Rubio Rubin 62’)

Subs not used: Tomas Gomez, Johan Kappelhof, Bode Hidalgo, Nick Besler

FC Dallas (4-3-3): Maarten Paes; Jose Martinez, Marco Farfan, Ema Twumasi (Eulanio Gomes 75’), Matt Hedges; Edwin Cerrillo (Jader Obrian 86’), Sebastian Lletget (Facundo Quignon 86’), Paxton Pomykal (Brandon Servania 51’); Paul Arriola, Jesus Ferreira, Alan Velasco

Subs not used: Jimmy Maurer, Beni Redzic, Katlego Ntsabeleng, Nkosi Tafari, Kalil Elmedkhar

Stats Summary: RSL / DAL

Shots: 16 / 13

Shots on Goal: 6 / 3

Saves: 2 / 5

Corner Kicks: 4 / 4

Fouls: 13 / 8


RSL: Jasper Löffelsend (caution) 36’
RSL: Maikel Chang (caution) 45’
DAL: Alan Velasco (caution) 56’


Referee: Ramy Touchan

Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Michael Barwegen

4th Official: Elijio Arreguin

VAR: Armando Villarreal