SANDY, Utah (Saturday, September 24, 2016) – Real Salt Lake has posted two consecutive shutouts against FC Dallas, but unlike the last meeting on August 20, the game-winning goal was nowhere to be found as RSL finished in a 0-0 draw with the Supporters’ Shield leaders.
GK Nick Rimando finished with two first-half saves and RSL outshot Dallas 14-8 for the match, but was unable to find the back of the net. The draw moves Salt Lake to 12-10-9 (45 points) on the season, keeping the Claret-and-Cobalt in fourth in the Western Conference.
RSL tested Chris Seitz early in the match with three first-half shots on goal, but the former Salt Lake goalkeeper kept his former club off the board.
In the 23rd minute, MF Kyle Beckerman forced Seitz into a diving stop and a bomb from outside the box. Two minutes later, FW Juan Manuel Martinez bent a free kick over the wall and nearly put it just under the crossbar if not for a swipe out of the air by Seitz. Then in the 29th minute DF b charged down the left side and ripped a shot on frame that forced another save.
Real Salt Lake had the greater number of first half scoring chances, but in the 39th minute Dallas nearly took the lead. After midfield collision drew a foul called on MF Luke Mulholland, Dallas played a ball into the box from the right side. Walker Zimmerman dove to get on the end of it with a header, but Rimando was there for the save to keep things scoreless.
RSL continued the barrage in the second half, with nine shots to just one for Dallas in the last 45 minutes.
In the 77th minute, FW Jordan Allen hammered a shot from the right side that nearly bested Seitz, but the Dallas keeper made another save to keep the match scoreless.
In the 85th minute, second half substitute FW Joao Plata got around the Dallas defense and slammed a shot that deflected just wide of the net for an RSL corner kick, again putting pressure on the visiting goal with no rewards.
RSL takes to the road next, meeting the San Jose Earthquakes on October 1 at Avaya Stadium.
GAME NOTES – RSLvFCD
- FW Yura Movsisyan was out of the lineup on Saturday after suffering a heel contusion during training this week. FW Joao Plata was also out of the starting lineup after a quad injury limited him in training during the week.
- FW Pedro Baez made his MLS debut, coming on in the 85th minute. The 19-year-old Paraguayan signed on loan on July 22.
- RSL is now 3-1-2 in home matches following a home defeat since Jeff Cassar took the reins as Head Coach in 2014.
REAL SALT LAKE 0-0 FC DALLAS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
RIO TINTO STADIUM
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
FC Dallas 0 0 0
RSL: Luke Mulholland (Caution; Foul) 39’
FCD: Kellyn Acosta (Caution; Foul) 85’
FCD: Chris Seitz (Caution; Time Wasting) 91+’
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, Jamison Olave, Demar Phillips; Kyle Beckerman, Luke Mulholland; Juan Manuel Martinez, Javier Morales (Joao Plata 67’), Jordan Allen; Olmes Garcia (Pedro Baez 85’).
Substitutes not used: Lalo Fernandez, Omar Holness, Chris Schuler, Sunny, Chris Wingert.
FC Dallas (4-2-3-1): Chris Seitz; Atiba Harris, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Maynor Figueroa; Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta; Mauro Rosales (Ryan Hollingshead 57’), Mauro Diaz (Victor Ulloa 71’), Michael Barrios (Tesho Akindele 78’); Maximiliano Urruti.
Substitutes not used: Jesse Gonzalez, Tesho Akindele, Aubrey David, Norberto Paparatto, Carlos Ruiz.
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Corey Rockwell
Fourth Official: Allen Chapman
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 63