FC Dallas avenged their weekend loss at Real Salt Lake, defeating the Utah club 2-0 in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Quarterfinal at Pizza Hut Park on Tuesday night. Starting a midfield without one regular starter, FCD never struggled against a Real Salt Lake side that made just two changes from the MLS game on Saturday, not allowing a single shot on goal while scoring two classy goals to seal a comprehensive 2-0 victory. With the win, Dallas advances to the Lamar Hunt US Open cup semifinals where on August 30 they will either host Los Angeles Galaxy or travel to Seattle Sounders.
Smothering Dallas just put their foot on the gas from the beginning and never let up, smothering a Real Salt Lake that never looked up for the fight. Not allowing a single shot on goal(Though there was that one off the post) and just one corner is an amazing achievement and one that requires an entire team effort.
Depth The midfield reserves stepped up in a huge way tonight. Eric Avila, Bobby Warshaw, Bruno Guarda and Ricardo Villar would be my co-man of the match tonight. All of these guys have been maligned in one way or another lately, but for a team to have 4 players that don't start put in that kind of performance is incredible. It's got to be so great for Schellas to have these options.
PHP domination 0-10-1...that's RSL's all-time record away to Dallas. Players can say it's not in their heads, but PHP has simply been a shop of horrors for Real. It's essential for Dallas to stay above them in the standings and have any potential playoff decider come in Frisco.
Beckerman This guy ran his mouth about Dallas fans yet again after the game.
"We weren't good enough tonight. Now we got to pick ourselves up and get ready for the next game. Poor attendance tonight, my high school games got more fans."
A little over 3,000 inside Pizza Hut Park tonight and I thought it was a very vocal, rowdy crowd. Credit to everyone who showed up. Kyle Beckerman should probably focus on getting outplayed by Bruno Guarda, Dallas' 5th choice central midfielder, rather than the fans.
Luxury What a luxury it is for Dallas to escape this one with a win while keeping the rest of the starters relatively unscathed. Zach Loyd seemed to have taken a bump on a ridiculous challenge from Ned Grabavoy but everyone else seemed to come through unscathed while Hernandez got another key night off.
Next opponent The semifinal foe will be decided tomorrow night. While Los Angeles is a little bit tougher team, you've got to hope they can go up to Seattle and take care of business so Dallas can host the semifinal. On the other half of the bracket, Chicago Fire will play Richmond Kickers who upset Sporting Kansas City.