FRISCO, Texas — FC Dallas not only got revenge against Real Salt Lake for a weekend loss in league play, but they also secured a spot in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup semifinals by beating their foes 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Both teams made several changes to their lineups from Saturday’s game at Rio Tinto.
Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis left forward Álvaro Saborío in Utah and opted to start Luis Gil and Fabián Espíndola up top. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando also stayed behind to nurse an ankle injury in preparation for RSL’s trip to Vancouver this weekend.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman started reserves Eric Avila, Ricardo Villar and Bruno Guarda, while rookie Bobby Warshaw started as the defensive midfielder for the second straight game in place of captain Daniel Hernandez.
Contrary to Saturday night’s showdown – in which Real Salt Lake dominated the scoring opportunities – it was FC Dallas that went on the offense. As a result, they took the early lead on the scoreboard in the 18th minute.
After Avila drew a foul 25 yards away from Kyle Reynish’s goal, both Villar and Benitez stood over the ball, but it was the Colombian that ripped a curling left-footed shot past an outstretched Reynish for a 1-0 lead.
The rest of the first half featured chippy play – the teams combined for four yellow cards, two to each side – and several deep runs from Espíndola into the FCD defensive third, all to no avail.
FC Dallas made one substitution at the restart, sending Jackson forward in place of Marvin Chávez, and Hyndman’s change paid dividends nine minutes into the second-half restart.
Midfielder Eric Alexander played a through ball to Jackson that RSL defender Jámison Olave tried to play offside, but the Brazilian timed it perfectly and gently looped his shot over Reynish for FCD’s second goal.
Real Salt Lake played more aggressively down the stretch and Collen Warner nearly put them on the board in the 74th, but his screamer from distance hit the crossbar and bounced away from danger.
FC Dallas will next face the Seattle Sounders in Washington on August 30; the team advanced after beating the LA Galaxy 3-1 in their quarterfinal matchup.