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FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake: Highlights, Stats and Quote Sheet

All the facts following the 1-1 draw.

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Time for us to slowly break down the 1-1 draw between FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake.



Scoring Summary:
RSL - Alvaro Saborio (unassisted) 60
DAL - Kenny Cooper (Je-Vaughn Watson) 72

FC Dallas - Chris Seitz, Kellyn Acosta, George John, Jair Benitez, Stephen Keel, Jackson, Fabian Castillo (Je-Vaughn Watson 70), Michel (Peter Luccin 61), Mauro Diaz (Kenny Cooper 45), Andrew Jacobson, Blas Perez.

Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Zobeck, Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, David Ferreira.

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Fabian Castillo 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Jackson, Kenny Cooper); FOULS: 17 (Jackson 4); OFFSIDES: 3 (Jackson 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Michel 3); SAVES: 1 (Chris Seitz 1).

Real Salt Lake - Nick Rimando, Chris Schuler, Tony Beltran, Kenny Mansally, Nat Borchers, Javier Morales (Yordany Alvarez 81), Ned Grabavoy, Luis Gil, Kyle Beckerman, Alvaro Saborio (Olmes Garcia 85), Robbie Findley (Lovel Palmer 21).

Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Attinella, Joao Plata, Sebastian Velasquez, Brandon McDonald.

TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Luis Gil 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Alvaro Saborio, Ned Grabavoy); FOULS: 8 (Javier Morales 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Alvaro Saborio 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Javier Morales 3); SAVES: 1 (Nick Rimando 1).

Misconduct Summary:
DAL - Blas Perez (caution) 13
RSL - Kenny Mansally (ejected) 17
RSL - Javier Morales (caution) 69
DAL - Peter Luccin (caution) 78

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: Ian Anderson, Kevin Duliba
4th Official: Jesus Cisneros
Attendance: 20,488
Time of Game: 1:52

Quote Sheet:


Overall thoughts on the match:

"Well, I think for us it was disappointing being up a man for as long as we were and not scoring. Giving up a goal, I thought Saborio did a great job with the goal. I think it came off Rimando's foot. We had three guys on it and he still found a way to get a shot off and score, so that was pretty frustrating. We didn't create any corner kicks in the second half. We didn't create, really enough scoring chances and I think we got into trying to score so bad. Sometimes it's hard to score against a team that is organized and sitting back on you and playing off the counters. It was a game we wanted to get points but for Salt Lake a real gutsy performance and Nick Rimando made a couple of great saves. In the first half the header and then the shot from Jackson. Those were opportunities to go ahead."

Changes made after Real Salt Lake went down a man:

"We didn't make any changes until halftime. We felt that we needed a second striker. We needed two strikers we didn't feel like at the end of the first half we were putting enough pressure in the box so we put Kenny Cooper in and I think Kenny scored the goal. So I think the half also gave Salt Lake also a chance to organize. They went out of the diamond midfield and more into a flat midfield so they could cover the flanks a little bit better. We brought Peter on to give us some direction in the midfield...not lose as many balls. We brought Je-Vaughn on and the first time he touched the ball, he took it 70 yards and put a great ball across so I think we needed to score in the first half and it didn't happen."

On what they need to do to get into the playoffs:

"What we should have done today. We needed three points. We don't need ties, we need wins. We're so disappointed, so frustrated right now because Salt Lake gave us the chance to get those three points and we didn't capitalize on it."

On Saborio's goal:

"I don't know, I think he was doing a lot of pumping and pushing and no calls were being made. I think the ball bounced right for him, it put him in a position he could face the goal. Sometimes when you have that many people around someone they kind of get in each other's way. He was the more aggressive player in that situation and he made something out of nothing."

On the physicality of the game:

"Yeah it was a bit physical. I think every time we touched them they called a foul. I don't feel like that happened for us. I think sometimes a psychological thing is going on when a referee gives a team a red card he tries to somehow not favor a team. Or he tries - maybe not on purpose - but it just seems like a lot of the calls were going against us."

On if the team has what it takes to make the playoffs:

"We're going to do everything we can do get a win. We probably played better tonight 11 against 11. I thought we played better, I thought we created more chances. We had five corners kicks in the first half, second half we had zero. What ends up happening when it's an open game like that, teams are attacking, there's opportunities to get through. When we kept trying to go through eight players we couldn't do it. But it was very difficult to do. What do we need to do? We need to do what he hoped to do tonight and get three points. For us now, we gotta get wins. If we don't get wins, there's no playoffs."


Overall thoughts on the match:

"It's one of those things where they definitely tried to stay behind the ball and they picked their times to attack us. We obviously had some problems breaking them down tonight. We had some chances to score but give them credit, they countered us well and got one of their own.

On Saborio's goal:

"It's one of those things where obviously Nick's good with his feet and he picked up something in the middle of the field where we had cover. It was a one on one battle rather than a group effort. They got a flick on; it was just great work by him. He battled to get good position then he finished it well."

Tactical changes after RSL went down a man:

"I think there's little things that we did but at the same time we had a game and we weren't going to sit back and let them come at us. So it just kinda magnified that a bit, but really, we're in a desperate situation. We're going to be pushing for three points at all times."

On what needs to happen to get to the playoffs:

"I think you saw a little bit of it today. We gotta just continue to get better as a unit from all people, we need to work well as a team. We don't really have any chances we need to go out there and create our own. It's going to be a fight for the next three games."


Overall thoughts on the match:'

"I think we're all disappointed to not get two more points but I have to give RSL a lot of credit. They fought really hard with only ten men and did a good job to get a point themselves."

On his goal:

"Je-Vaughn came on and made an immediate impact. He ran down the sideline and managed to get a great ball across and it went right up to me, I was fortunate it came to my feet and fortunately it ended up in the back of the net."

On trying to make the playoffs:

"Well, you know, we're all extremely hungry to get in there with only three points. We know we have to get points. I think you're going to see a really determined squad over these next couple games and finally get some points.