SANDY, Utah (Saturday, August 20, 2016) – Real Salt Lake started off its three-game homestand against the top three teams in the Western Conference with a shutout victory over FC Dallas, as DF Jamison Olave provided the second-half heroics with his second goal of the season and RSL jumped to third in the West with a 1-0 win Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Olave’s 78th minute goal capped a clinical defensive performance as GK Nick Rimando made two saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season as RSL improved to 11-8-7 on the season and 7-0-5 at home.
RSL held the possession advantage in the first half by more than two-to-one, but managed just one shot on goal and the teams went into the break tied at 0-0.
The best opportunity of the first 45 minutes came in the 37th minute as FW Joao Plata was played through by MF Javier Morales up the left side. He got 1v1 with goalkeeper Chris Seitz, but his shot was deflected wide for a corner kick. RSL had four shots on the half and the lone shot on goal came when Olave headed a corner kick on frame for an easy stop by Seitz.
RSL continued to put the pressure on Dallas as the second half got under way, but the visitors nearly got a sneaky goal as Michael Barrios played a cross in from the right side in the 52nd minute that ended up floating toward Rimando’s net. It ended up hitting off the crossbar and Dallas wasn’t able to get a shot out of the rebound, but it caused a collective gasp from the crowd.
In the 54th minute, Rimando made a great save when Maxi Urruti struck on the counter attack, nearly putting it inside the near post before Rimando dove and swiped it out of the corner.
Just when things started to tilt in Dallas’ favor, RSL responded with Plata taking three shots in a five-minute stretch around the hour mark. Then in the 78th minute he forced Seitz into a reaction save when he cracked a shot from distance that left the Dallas keeper with no option but to concede a corner.
RSL took a quick corner and Morales eventually floated a cross to the edge of the six-yard box. It was headed clear by Dallas, but only as far as Olave, who struck a right-footed laser past Seitz for his second goal of the season and a 1-0 RSL lead.
In the final minutes of the match, RSL held possession to close out the victory, the first over Dallas since September, 2014.
Real Salt Lake continues its stretch of three straight home matches on Friday, hosting the Colorado Rapids in the third meeting of the season between the two rivals to determine the Rocky Mountain Cup.
GAME NOTES – RSLvFCD
- Both of DF Jamison Olave’s goals this season have been game-winners. He shares the team lead in that category with MF Javier Morales.
- With his first-half yellow card, DF Tony Beltran will now miss the match Friday against Colorado while serving a suspension for yellow card accumulation.
- GK Nick Rimando tied Kevin Hartman for most career MLS appearances with 416. His shutout victory also extended his league records to 182 wins and 127 shutouts.
- FW Pedro Baez was on the bench for RSL for the first time. The 19-year-old Paraguayan signed on loan in July and joined the team in training last week.
REAL SALT LAKE 1-0 FC DALLAS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016
RIO TINTO STADIUM
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 1 1
FC Dallas 0 0 0
RSL: Jamison Olave 78’
RSL: Tony Beltran (Caution; Foul) 43’
RSL: Luke Mulholland (Caution; Foul) 57’
FCD: Aubrey David (Caution; Foul) 81’
FCD: Maynor Figueroa (Caution; Foul) 84’
RSL: Joao Plata (Caution; Foul) 95+’
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, Jamison Olave, Demar Phillips; Kyle Beckerman, Luke Mulholland (John Stertzer 68’); Juan Manuel Martinez (Olmes Garcia 69’), Javier Morales, Joao Plata; Yura Movsisyan (Omar Holness 90’).
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Pedro Baez, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert.
FC Dallas (4-2-3-1): Chris Seitz; Aubrey David, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Maynor Figueroa; Victor Ulloa (Tesho Akindele 46’), Carlos Gruezo; Kellyn Acosta, Mauro Diaz (Ryan Hollingshead 69’), Michael Barrios; Maximiliano Urruti (Getterson 65’).
Substitutes not used: Ryan Herman, Coy Craft, Ryan Hollingshead, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Mauro Rosales.
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Eduardo Mariscal
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
Weather: Clear and 88