The shutout win was the third straight shutout for the Dallas defense and Homegrown keeper Jesse Gonzalez. Forward David Texiera put in the lone goal on the match, his sixth of the season.
FCD survived a pressure-filled first half in route to their second victory at Rio Tinto Stadium ever. Playing for their playoff lives, RSL came out with a lot of chances in the Dallas defensive end, by being out possessed on the ball 70-30 and not registering a single shot on goal.
Gonzalez came up huge in the first half with four stops, none bigger than in the 36th minute when Juan Manuel Martinez blasted a point-blank shot that forced the Homegrown keeper to make a diving stop.
The lone Dallas goal would come in the 57th minute as the rain was beginning to pour down in Utah. RSL would turn the ball over to Mauro Diaz and the Dallas magician would do the rest on the play as he fed Texeira a perfect through ball behind the RSL defense. The Uruguayan took the ball at the top of the penalty box and then set a high shot over RSL keeper Jeff Attinella.
RSL would push for an equalizer but none of their attempts late in the match would have any chance of beating Gonzalez or the Dallas back line.
With the win, FCD now sits firmly in atop the league's Supporters' Shield race with one match to go. The New York Red Bulls can catch Dallas with a win on Sunday, setting up a potential battle for Supporter's Shield next Decision Day when FCD hosts San Jose. The win also secures FCD's place in the CONCACAF Champions League next season.