MATCH RECAP: FC Dallas 0, Real Salt Lake 2 | 7.7.18

FC Dallas starts five Homegrown players for second consecutive match

  • 2018 MLS SuperDraft pick Ema Twumasi makes his MLS debut  
  • FC Dallas sits atop Western Conference with 35 points at the midway point of the season
  • FCD returns to Toyota Stadium on Saturday, July 14 vs. Chicago Fire on TXA 21 (7 PM CT)

SANDY, Utah – FC Dallas lost for just the third time this season, 1-0, on the road to Real Salt Lake tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium.

FC Dallas fell behind early when Kellyn Acosta was whistled for a foul in the area on Real Salt Lake forward Sebastián Saucedo in the ninth minute of the match. Referee Armando Villarreal pointed to the spot and RSL’s Albert Rusnak stepped in to take the free kick. Rusnak buried a hard shot low in the corner of the goal to the right side of FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, giving the home side a 1-0 lead.

Gonzalez did well to keep it a one-goal game in the 24th minute. Saucedo cut through the middle of the FC Dallas midfield and ripped a shot towards the far upper corner of the goal. Gonzalez back-peddled before making a diving save high to his left side, pushing the shot up and over the bar.

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja made two subs at the half, bringing on his top two leading scorers, Roland Lamah (7) and Maxi Urruti (6) in place of Michael Barrios and Ema Twumasi.

Urruti nearly found the back of the net on a corner kick in the 52nd minute. Acosta swung a ball in to Matt Hedges, who headed the ball towards goal. Urruti tried to redirect the ball into the back of the net from close range but the attempt was cleared off the line by RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

FC Dallas’ third sub of the match came in the 61st minute. Santiago Mosquera replaced Victor Ulloa and nine minutes later FC Dallas once again came within inches of leveling the match. Mosquera’s corner found Hedges at the top of the six-yard box and the defender pounded a headed shot high towards the front post. RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando was beaten but defender Jefferson Savarino leapt up from his spot at the post to knock the ball off the line for a second time.


FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Kris Reaves, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon, Victor Ulloa (Santiago Mosquera 61), Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta, Michael Barrios (Maxi Urruti 46), Tesho Akindele, Ema Twumasi (Roland Lamah 46).

Substitutes not used – Jimmy Maurer, Jacori Hayes, Ryan Hollingshead, Maynor Figueroa.

Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando, Marcelo Silva, Danilo Acosta, Brooks Lennon, Justen Glad, Kyle Beckerman, Damir Kreilach, Albert Rusnak, Sebastian Saucedo (Sunny 72), Jefferson Savarino, Corey Baird (Luis Silva 63).  

Substitutes not used – Andrew Putna, Pablo Ruiz, Aaron Herrera, Joao Plata, Nick Besler.  

Scoring Summary:
RSL – Albert Rusnak (PK) 11
RSL- Luis Silva 90' + 1'

Misconduct Summary: NONE

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