With just a little over 24 hours until the big playoff game against RSL, I exchanged three questions with Denzel of the excellent SBN Real Salt Lake blog RSL Soapbox
RSL led the league in both goals for and goals against. There's obviously not a lot of holes on this team. What is the biggest weakness FC Dallas can exploit?
Denzel: I think FC Dallas exposed a weakness that RSL has in clearing the ball out of the area when it is very crowded, we have seen a number of times in both MLS and CCL play this year when there are a lot of bodies in the area it is harder for them to clear the ball and harder for Rimando to see it.
To me that is the scariest thing, we saw the Dallas goals, we also saw the late come back by Cruz Azul in the 5-4 loss in Mexico City. RSL has also had issues this year with early goals, not often in MLS play, the 3 times in MLS play they let in a goal in the first 15, they had to battle back to get draws in those matches.
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Javier Morales has been a real thorn in Dallas' side throughout his RSL career. What is the key to stopping the talented Argentine?
Javi has had 2 goals and 4 assists in his 7 matches against FCD, and when he is on (his passing is sharp and his vision is clear) there is little you can do to slow him down. I think the key for Dallas will be if Daniel Hernandez is healthy or not, because to me it is clear that Dax simply can't handle him on his own. Javi had to be pulled early in MLS Cup and that still sticks with him as he feels he let himself, the team and the fans down and he is more driven than ever to help the team get back to and win MLS Cup again.
Tell us one RSL player who may not be a household name but could have a huge impact in this series.
I think the guy that could be the real surprise of the playoffs is Paulo Junior, he has been electric for RSL every time he has hit the pitch. He joined RSL towards the end of the season on a loan from Miami FC, and has turned heads ever since. He has a great mix of speed and the touch and creativity that one expects from Brazilian strikers. He has been battling a slight groin strain which may limit his minutes but he you see #23 hit the pitch you might want to move forward in your seat and pay attention.