FRISCO, TX - MAY 22: Lighting streaks across the sky during a 1 hour and 40 minute lighting delay in the second half of a soccer game between FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake at Pizza Hut Park on May 22, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
Sometimes you just can't win them all but at least it wasn't a loss for FC Dallas last night. For the second time this season a long rain delay took over the game but this time there was no Brek Shea heroics to get three points on the night. Real Salt Lake came into Pizza Hut Park and left with their first ever point in the stadium.
For the most part the game wasn't much. Neither team had many great chances and the game really got bottled up in the midfield as both teams tried to possess the ball as much as possible.
Defensively both teams are strong and it was clear early on last night that whomever got a goal first was probably going to win the game. Whether it was George John and Ugo Ihemelu keeping Alvaro Saborio in check or it was Nat Borchers and Jamison Olave keeping Fabian Castillo in line.
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1. Defensive battle. Most of us in the pressbox agreed before the game got underway that this one would be a big defensive battle. You have easily the two best defenses in the league squaring off against one another. With both clubs' main playmakers injured for this one too it really opened things up for the two sets of defenders and really it was going to come down to who made the bigger mistake. I thought Jackson Goncalves could have nearly cost the club a couple times in the first half but he settled down pretty well before taking a knock to the ribs in the second half (yeah more on that probably this week).
2.Getting on the same page offensively. I'll keep saying it, until Brek Shea, Marvin Chavez and Fabian Castillo get on the same page it will be frustrating at times to watch this club's offense work. Shea was bottled up last night thanks to Jason Kreis starting Tony Beltran in place of Robbie Russell on the right side of the defense. I thought that was a big move on his part as it really closed down what Shea does best on the wing. Once Beltran wore down in the second half you began to see Shea do his thing as he sent in a couple great balls into the mix but just like we've seen before no one was there to finish them.
3. Weather played tricks. It wasn't just the thunder, lightning and rain that caused issues last night it was also the muggy evening that started the game. When it is sticky out like that it can ware on you quicker than you really think and it showed in the play of both clubs. Neither really got off into the game until about the 25th minute or so.
Attendance: 10, 550
RSL - Chris Wingert (caution; reckless tackle) 44
DAL - Jackson (caution; persistent infringement) 53
RSL - Kyle Beckerman (caution; reckless tackle) 58
RSL - Ned Grabavoy (caution; reckless foul) 61
FC Dallas - Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jackson (Bobby Warshaw 83), Brek Shea, Andrew Jacobson, Daniel Hernandez, Eric Alexander (Eric Avila 77), Marvin Chavez, Fabian Castillo (Ruben Luna 72).
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Eric Alexander, Daniel Hernandez 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (George John, Andrew Jacobson, Eric Alexander 1); FOULS: 17 (Andrew Jacobson 5); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4 (Marvin Chavez 3); SAVES: 2 (Kevin Hartman 2)
Real Salt Lake - Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman, Andy Williams (Collen Warner 72), Will Johnson, Arturo Alvarez (Jean Alexandre 81), Alvaro Saborio.
TOTAL SHOTS: 5 (five players tied with 1); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Kyle Beckerman, Will Johnson 1); FOULS: 13 (Jamison Olave 3); OFFSIDES: 4 (four players tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Andy Williams, Kyle Beckerman 2); SAVES: 3 (Nick Rimando 3)
Referee: David Gantar
Referee's Assistants: Claudio Badea, Eric Boria
4th Official: Matthew Foerster
Time of Game: 3:43
Weather: Cloudy, 90 degrees
Hyndman's post game thoughts:
Hyndman on weather delay:
Hyndman on defensive play:
Daniel Hernandez's post game thoughts:
George John's post game thoughts:
Eric Alexander's post game thoughts (plus looking ahead to this week):