Frisco, Texas (Wednesday, June 3, 2017) – Real Salt Lake (4-10-2, 14pts) fell to Western Conference foe FC Dallas 6-2 behind five first-half goals from the Hoops.
MF Omar Holness tallied his first goal in Major League Soccer with his 70th minute strike before MF Kyle Beckerman tallied his first goal since 2015 just two minutes later.
The first half of action didn’t see much go right for the side from Sandy as FC Dallas hit for five goals inside 43 minutes, the most goals scored for one team in the first half in Major League Soccer history. Dallas midfielder Roland Lamah notched three goals before strikers Maximiliano Urruti and Tesho Akindele added the game’s fourth and fifth goals.
Dallas added a sixth goal to close out the game courtesy of MLS debutant Jesus Ferreira as time expired.
GK Matt VanOekel was kept busy throughout the night making five saves on a tough night for him at Toyota Stadium.
UP NEXT: RSL will kick off its U.S. Open Cup slate in the Fourth Round at USL side Sacramento Republic FC on June 14 (8:00 pm MST kick-off). The Claret-and-Cobalt will return to MLS action a mere three days later when they host expansion side Minnesota United at Rio Tinto Stadium (8:00 pm MST kick-off). The game will be the second ever meeting between the two sides as RSL looks to avenge a 4-2 defeat to the Loons on April 1.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
FCD – Roland Lamah (Michael Barrios) 8th minute: A wonderful switch of play from the center of the field found the feet of FC Dallas winger Michael Barrios. Barrios picked his head up and found Lamah all alone on the back post for an easy tap in.
FCD – Roland Lamah (Maximiliano Urruti) 22nd minute: A quick counter attack led to a 2v1 situation against the RSL defense for Urruti and Lamah. Urruti did well to draw RSL defender Chris Schuler away from Lamah as he squared the ball across the box. Lamah took one touch and curled a shot into the bottom of the far corner.
FCD – Roland Lamah (Carlos Gruezo) 31st minute: A ball from midfield split the RSL defense and left nothing for Lamah to beat except RSL goalkeeper Matt VanOekel. Lamah went to VanOekel’s left and into the back of the net for his first half hat-trick.
FCD – Maximiliano Urruti (Victor Ulloa) 40th minute: Another splitting ball from midfield by Victor Ulloa found Urruti all alone in the box against Matt VanOekel. As the RSL ‘keeper came to close the angle Urruti chipped a clever ball over VanOekel and into the back of the net.
FCD – Tesho Akindele (Michael Barrios) 43rd minute: Relentless attack from Dallas saw Barrios find the ball at the top of the area. The ball bounced around before falling to the feet of Akindele before he turned and fired a low shot past VanOekel.
RSL – Omar Holness (Joao Plata) 70th minute: RSL midfielder Joao Plata did well to turn with the ball at the top of the box to find Holness inside the box. Holness did well to tuck a first time shot into the near corner for his first MLS goal.
RSL – Kyle Beckerman (Albert Rusnák) 72nd minute: A whipped in corner from Albert Rusnák found the head of Beckerman whos snap header flew past Gonzalez for his first of the year.
FCD – Jesus Ferreira (Michael Barrios) 89th minute: After receiving a cross into the box from FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios the 16-year-old striker took one touch to settle and another to finish for his first goal in Major League Soccer.
KEY SAVES AND DEFENSIVE STOPS:
FCD – Jesse Gonzalez, 13th minute: A first time shot from RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman from 18 yards forced Gonzalez into a save, corralling the curling effort handily.
RSL – Matt VanOekel, 30th minute: Another counter attack from Dallas saw Michael Barrios breakaway with a chance on goal. Barrios attempted to curl the shot towards the far side netting but VanOekel got a strong right hand to the shot to tip it around the post for a corner-kick.
RSL – Matt VanOekel, 52nd minute: A shot just inside the area from FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios forced VanOekel into a collapsing save to his left as he held onto the shot nicely.
FCD – Jesse Gonzalez, 72nd minute: RSL midfielder Ricardo Velazco received the ball with an angle to shoot at goal from 10 yards away. His attempted left-foot shot towards the far corner was denied by Gonzalez’s big left hand and out for a corner.
RSL – Matt VanOekel, 75th minute: A double save from the RSL goalkeeper kept FC Dallas striker Maxi Urruti from notching his second tally of the game inside the six-yard box.
- With RSL still dealing with a plethora of injuries, it only held five players on the bench for the match against Dallas as opposed to the regular seven available spots.
- MF Sunny missed the match against Dallas due to suspension handed down on June 2nd from Major League Soccer for having been judged to commit serious foul play against Houston on May 31.
- RSL has now been outscored 19-3 in its last five road contests.
- Omar Holness tallied his first career MLS goal with his strike in the 70th minute.
Match: Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas
Date: May 31, 2017
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Weather: Cloudy and 81 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 2 2
FC Dallas 5 1 6
FCD – Roland Lamah (Michael Barrios, Carlos Gruezo) 8’
FCD – Roland Lamah (Maximiliano Urruti, Atiba Harris) 22’
FCD – Roland Lamah (Carlos Gruezo) 31’
FCD – Maximiliano Urruti (Victor Ulloa) 40’
FCD – Tesho Akindele (Michael Barrios) 43’
RSL – Omar Holness (Joao Plata) 70’
RSL – Kyle Beckerman (Albert Rusnák) 72’
FCD – Jesus Ferreira (Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz) 89’
Real Salt Lake (4-3-3): Matt Van Oekel; Tony Beltran (José Hernández, 82’), Aaron Maund, Chris Schuler (Reagan Dunk, 79’), Chris Wingert; Joao Plata, Kyle Beckerman, Luke Mulholland, Omar Holness; Albert Rusnák, Yura Movsisyan (Ricardo Velazco, 46’)
Subs note used: Lalo Fernandez, Justin Schmidt
FC Dallas: (4-3-3): Jesse Gonzalez; Aaron Guillen, Maynor Figueroa, Atiba Harris, Hernán Grana; Roland Lamah (Jesus Ferreira, 71’), Carlos Gruezo, Victor Ulloa, Michael Barrios; Maximiliano Urruti (Cristian Colmán, 81’), Tesho Akindele (Mauro Diaz, 61’)
Subs not used: Chris Seitz, Walker Hume, Ryan Hollingshead, Carlos Cermeno
Stats Summary: FCD/RSL
Shots: 15 / 12
Shots on Goal: 11 / 5
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 14
Offside: 3 / 2
RSL – Tony Beltran (caution) 42’
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: Adam Garner, Jose Da Silva
4th Official: Alan Kelly