That's A Wrap: Analysis of Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas

Ferreira the difference-maker in statement win

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The FC Dallas 2012 playoff push is on. With time ticking down on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium, 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira produced a counter-attack strike in the 94th minute to give FC Dallas a sensational 2-1 victory. The win is Dallas’ third in eight days and pulls them within five points of Vancouver and Los Angeles, the latter of whom FC Dallas travels to face next weekend. The win is also Schellas Hyndman’s first in Salt Lake City. Here are the three plays that decided this breathtaking match:

  1. FC Dallas struggled to create much of anything offensively against the smothering RSL pressure, but on the hour mark they took a surprising lead. Out of almost nothing, FCD’s two hottest players, Fabian Castillo and David Ferreira, combined to put Dallas in front. Castillo received a quick feed from Ferreira and fired the ball past Nick Rimando into the far post side-netting. For Castillo, it was his third goal in as many games and just another sign that the 20-year-old is finally coming of age.
  2. A relentless Real Salt Lake side was only spurred on by the Castillo goal. Matt Hedges was crucially forced to exit the game midway through the second half and the Dallas aerial defense suffered. It wasn’t long before his absence was felt as RSL equalized. After having a previous chance cleared off the line, Salt Lake found a game-tying goal in the 76th minute as Alvaro Saborio rose about the Dallas defense to head in his 14th goal of the year. Saborio’s goal was the only negative mark on an otherwise stellar night for Kevin Hartman in goal, making four saves in the win.
  3. If FC Dallas goes on to make an improbable run towards the playoffs, this is the moment everyone will remember. With time ticking down and Dallas holding on for their lives, Jackson sprung a quick counterattack against an overcommitted RSL defense. His pass freed Shea down the left with the Texan playing a perfectly weighted ball to Ferreira. “El Torito” broke RSL hearts with an upper-corner screamer past Rimando to give Dallas the improbable win that pulls them within five points of a playoff spot with seven games to play.