Match Recap: FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 0
Brek Shea had a goal and an
assist for FC Dallas as they ended Real
Salt Lake’s 10-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 win over the
defending MLS Cup champions at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday night. Atiba Harris scored the home side's second in the win.
The goals by Shea and Harris came in an eight-minute span of the
second half as the Hoops brought an end to goalkeeper Nick Rimando's club record shutout streak for RSL
of 566 minutes, good for third best all-time. The visitors struck the
post twice in the match as they lost for the first time since April 24.
The match marked the FCD debut of Colombian forward Milton Rodriguez,
who struck the crossbar on a header inside 10 minutes of his first MLS
game on a David Ferreira corner
RSL struck the woodwork shortly thereafter. Midfielder Javier Morales gained
possession in the FCD third of the field, dashed up the left flank and
fired a shot toward goal. Morales’ boot was met at the near post by FCD
goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. The veteran
keeper slowed the ball down, forcing it to bounce first on the ground
and then off the crossbar before rolling away from danger.
Morales was again at the heart of the RSL attack toward the end of
the first half. His free kick from 40 yards out found the head of fellow
MLS all-star Jamison Olave and it
looked like his header would find the back of the net before Shea, who
was backpedaling on the play, cleared the attempt off the line.
FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman made one change to start the second
half. Jeff Cunningham came on
for midfielder Dax McCarty, who was
bothered by a tight quadriceps muscle in training earlier this week.
Cunningham took Rodriguez’s spot up top in Hyndman’s 4-1-4-1
formation while the Colombian newcomer moved back to fill McCarty’s role
as FCD’s linking midfielder.
The visitors again were foiled by the posts in the 57th
minute when Will Johnson put a blast
between FCD defenders George John and Pearce. However, the RSL
midfielder’s shot struck the right post and the match remained
Shea’s goal came after Rodriguez took a shot from just outside the
arc that Rimando stopped at the near post. The ensuing carom fell to the
feet of the big Texan and Shea buried it for his fourth goal of the
year in the 69th
FCD added to their lead in the 77th minute. After Ferreira
took a corner from the near side, the ball found Pearce on the left
side. He then struck a cross into the heart of the RSL area that caromed
off Shea before finding
Harris, who buried it in the back of the net for his first goal since
May 1 at New England, 10 games ago.
With tonight’s win, FCD is now unbeaten in six matches. RSL remain
winless at Pizza Hut Park with a 0-7-0 mark in Frisco.
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DAL -- Brek Shea 4 (unassisted) 69
DAL -- Atiba Harris 3 (Brek Shea 2, Heath Pearce 5) 77
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),
Morales, Fabian Espindola, Ned Grabavoy, Will Johnson (Collen Warner 81),
Robbie Findley (Andy Williams 61).
FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Heath Pearce, George
John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez, Atiba Harris, Daniel Hernandez, Dax
(Jeff Cunningham 46), Brek Shea, David Ferreira, Milton Rodriguez (Bruno Guarda
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: Jeff Gontarek, Adam Garner
4th Official: Landis Wiley
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Sunny and 101 degrees