FC DALLAS at REAL SALT LAKE
MLS Regular Season, Week 5
March 30, 2019 - 8PM
Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy, Utah
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FRISCO - After a home-heavy start to the season, FC Dallas begins a stretch with three of the next four on the road on Saturday night in Utah against Real Salt Lake.
- FCD record: 2-1-1 (7 pts., T-3rd in West)
- RSL record: 1-2-1 (4 pts., T-7th in West)
- FCD vs. RSL all-time: 19-12-7 (56 GF, 44 GA)
- FCD vs. RSL away: 7-1-4 (22 GF, 31 GA)
- FC Dallas got back into the win column with a 2-1 result over the Colorado Rapids at home last week behind goals from Michael Barrios and Ryan Hollingshead. Real Salt Lake dropped a Knockout Round rematch with Los Angeles Football Club in Southern California on Saturday night, 2-1, with Damir Kreilach finding the lone tally from the PK spot.
YOUTH ON DISPLAY
- The last time the two clubs met, each tied a then-MLS record with five Homegrowns each in their respective Starting XIs, while RSL brought a sixth Homegrown off the bench to set the mark for Homegrowns used in a game by a single team (6) and combining with FCD for the record used in a single match (11). Last week, FCD tied their own record again with five Homegrown starters, but a few hours later Salt Lake set a new record by starting six Homegrowns against LAFC. Can history be made again this weekend?
- Dallas should see the return of Carlos Gruezo and Bryan Acosta from national team duty this week, and the starters from the opening three matches will likely be in the mix for an immediate re-impact come Saturday. Salt Lake will also see the returns of 2018 Rookie of the Year Corey Baird (U.S.) and dynamic playmaker Albert Rusnak (Slovakia), who missed last week's match while on international duty of their own.
ALL IN THE CARDS
- Through four matches in 2019, RSL leads the league in cards of both colors. Justin Portillo picked up the team's third red card of the season in the 84th minute last week, while Aaron Herrera's yellow card in stoppage time was the club's 12th caution - both the most in MLS to date. Dallas, on the other hand, sits in the middle of the pack with seven yellows and is one of 16 teams without a red card through four matches.
- Over the course of 38 all-time meetings, FCD and RSL have nearly identical 15-minute interval scoring in the final hour of matches. The disparity lies in the opening 30 minutes, where Dallas has a decisive advantage in the opening quarter hour and a lesser, but still sizable advantage in the second.