Recap & Quote Sheet - FCD 2 : 0 RSL


Defeat at Pizza Hut Park Closes out RSL’s Club-record Unbeaten Streak at Ten Games;

 69th Minute Goal from Dallas MF Brek Shea Halts Shutout Streak at 566 Minutes



FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, July 17, 2010)Real Salt Lake (9-4-3, 30 pts.) saw a pair of impressive streaks come to an end tonight at FC Dallas (6-2-7, 25 pts.), which used second half goals from midfielders Brek Shea and Atiba Harris to register a 2-0 win over the defending MLS Cup champs in front of 11,170 fans at Pizza Hut Park.


The loss ended the Utah side’s club-record undefeated run in MLS play at 10 games (8-0-2), giving RSL its first taste of defeat since a 0-1 loss at Columbus all the way back on April 24. Shea’s goal in the 69th minute also halted the shutout streak of Real Salt Lake and its goalkeeper, Nick Rimando, at 566 minutes, giving club and ‘keeper the third longest shutout streaks in League history.


Real Salt Lake will attempt to start a brand new streak next Saturday, July 24, when the Utah side will host its annual Pioneer Day contest on the holiday proper against Chivas USA (4-9-2, 14 pts.). Kickoff from Rio Tinto Stadium will take place at 8:00 p.m. MT (live on KUTV2) to accommodate the Post-game Fireworks Celebration, both of which will be presented by Salt Lake Regional Medical Center.


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Real Salt Lake Notes

·         Real Salt Lake’s 10-match undefeated streak was the 22nd such run in the League’s 15-year history to reach double-digits and the second longest streak in 2010. RSL ended the LA Galaxy’s 12-game unbeaten run to start the season back on June 9 with a 1-0 win at Rio Tinto Stadium.


·         Real Salt Lake’s stingy defense across the last month-and-a-half resulted in the third longest shutout streak for a team in League history:



TEAM                               MIN           START           END

Houston Dynamo              727            6/10/2007        7/22/2007

Kansas City Wizards         681            4/19/2000        5/27/2000

Real Salt Lake                 566            5/29/2010        7/17/2010

Los Angeles Galaxy          521            6/17/2006        7/22/2006


·         Nick Rimando ended his personal scoreless run between the posts with the third longest shutout streak in MLS history for a goalkeeper:



PLAYER                           MIN           START           END

Tony Meola, KC                681            4/19/2000        5/27/2000

Donovan Ricketts, LA       612            9/26/2009        4/17/2010

Nick Rimando, RSL        566            5/29/2010        7/17/2010

Pat Onstad, HOU             547            6/10/2007        7/22/2007




FC DALLAS (6-2-7, 25 pts.) v. REAL SALT LAKE (9-4-3, 30 pts.)



Goals by Period                    1          2          F

Real Salt Lake                        0          0          0

FC Dallas                                0          2          2


Scoring Summary

DAL -- Brek Shea 4 (unassisted) 69
DAL -- Atiba Harris 3 (Brek Shea 2, Heath Pearce 5) 77

Misconduct Summary

DAL -- Ugo Ihemelu (caution; Reckless Tackle) 40
RSL -- Will Johnson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 42
DAL -- David Ferreira (caution; Reckless Foul) 68 

Real Salt Lake -- Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Jean Alexandre (Alvaro Saborio 61), Javier Morales, Fabian Espindola, Ned Grabavoy, Will Johnson (Collen Warner 81), Robbie Findley (Andy Williams 61).

Substitutes Not Used: Tim Melia, Tony Beltran, Rauwshan McKenzie, Pablo Campos

Statistics – Shots: 7 (Morales 2); Shots on Goal: 2 (Espindola, Morales 1); Saves: 5 (Rimando 5); Fouls: 12 (Alexandre 4); Corners: 1 (Morales 1); Offside: 4 (Espindola 2)

FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Heath Pearce, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez, Atiba Harris, Daniel Hernandez, Dax McCarty (Jeff Cunningham 46), Brek Shea, David Ferreira, Milton Rodriguez (Bruno Guarda 72).

Substitutes Not Used: Dario Sala, Marvin Chavez, Kyle Davies, Zach Loyd, Eric Alexander

Statistics – Shots: 14 (Rodriguez, Shea 4); Shots on Goal: 7 (Shea 3); Saves: 2 (Hartman 2); Fouls: 17 (Guarda 5); Corners: 5 (Ferreira 5); Offside: 0

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: Jeff Gontarek, Adam Garner
4th Official: Landis Wiley
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Sunny and 101 degrees    
Attendance: 11,170







On RSL’s switch to a 4-5-1 formation to start the match:

"First and foremost, I'm looking in the mirror about the decision to change the formation. Ultimately I think we have to consider all things when we put the players in different positions. We're frustrated because we're not possessing the ball; there's reasons for that, we're going to have to analyze that decision to see if we should make that decision moving forward and we've got to continue to learn as coaches."

On the result:

"We move forward. We need to forget that game as quickly as possible. The biggest concern is how the players will view it and whether or not they can move on quickly. We haven't lost a game in a long time, so it feels brand new."

On the 10-game undefeated streak coming to an end:

"It's like anything else, sometimes you don't recognize how good you have it until you don't anymore, so I'm hoping that the disappointment of that, and the frustration of that, will show forth this week with good training sessions and a fantastic reaction next weekend."

On the FC Dallas goals:

"[GK Nick Rimando] blocked it down, and my initial inclination was to say ‘Why don’t we have any defenders close to him?' It's always going to be disappointing when their player reacts faster to the ball than ours, and by a long way it appeared to me, but we're going to have to look at the play again. Then the second one comes off the corner kick, a long corner that goes over their side. We've been harping at our players for quite a while that they haven't been good enough on defending set pieces.”

On bounces not going RSL’s way tonight:

“We've been fortunate not to give away goals, in particular with Chicago hitting two posts (last week). I was hoping that would be a big enough wake up call, but apparently not. We hit two posts but [Dallas] did it as well. I was thinking about it after the game, and you’re saying to yourself, ‘Maybe if we get a bounce tonight it turns out different.’ Especially at 1-0 with [Nat] Borchers’ header – it's an opportunity if that one goes in or Will Johnson … it's the timing of those things for sure, but they had some bounces go against them as well.”


On his shot off the post in the second half:

"I was just running at the backs, weaved around and they just stepped off so I had a shot. I hit well and caught the inside of the post and it went out, not much you can do. It's one of those games it can go either way there at the end."

On RSL’s undefeated and shutout streaks coming to an end:

"I didn't put much into the streaks, We were winning games and playing well, but we'll have to try and start it all over again and make sure that we get three points [next Saturday]. Just continue to take it one game at a time and go from there."


On RSL’s hard-luck at Pizza Hut Park continuing:

"The boys went out there and gave it a good effort. This is a hard place to play. After going on the road against Chicago, coming here to get a result was something that we wanted to do; we wanted to get a result even if that was a tie. But today just wasn't our day. We let two goals in, and a loss – that’s something we haven't had for a while, and that’s not really sinking in yet. It's a tough place, but they were in [the heat] too, so it’s not an excuse. It's a tough place to play for sure; we never seem to get results here."

On the FC Dallas goals:

"[Rodriguez] hit it, and it bounced right before it got to me. He tried to hit it out wide but it wasn't far enough, I think it was Brek, he came in a hit it well. Then the second one got kind of fiesty in that six yard box and Atiba [Harris] got around the ball and hit it near post again."

On the shutout streak ending:

"I think we got the streak from our hard work. But that doesn’t mean weren’t working hard tonight, because today we worked hard and I think that kind of grounds us a little bit, to know that these next couple of games we've got to make some points up to catch the leaders. I think this next week is going to be a good week of practice and this game is just to remind us of how losing feels."