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Scratching The Chalkboard: Real One-Sided

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Real Salt Lake Coach Jeff Cassar trotted out a rotated lineup against a full-strength FC Dallas side and it showed in a comfortable win for the home team.

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The FC Dallas game program handed out at the stadium gate said to watch out for Real Salt Lake’s three strikers that have scored 5 or more goals each. Unfortunately for fans who watched this game, none of Yura Movsisyan, Joao Plata, or  Juan Manuel "Burrito" Martinez saw any action. Defensive stalwarts Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando were also absent.

RSL didn't pose a serious threat

The Real Salt Lake offense never went anywhere, with a measly four shots, none of which were on target. Three out of the four were from 24 yards or more.

RSL Shots (Green - shot on goal, Red - shot off target)

Jordan Allen created the only shot from inside the box for RSL

Real Salt Lake had a total of three successful passes into the box, all from RSL homegrown and 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup veteran Jordan Allen. One was a nice throughball in the 92nd minute that led to a corner kick, which he also successfully delivered into the box. But Allen’s biggest play on the night was a flick-on in the 60th minute that got in behind Matt Hedges and led to a dangerous shot by Luke Mulholland from the corner of the six, the only shot in the box by RSL in this entire contest.

FC Dallas controlled the match

Chris Seitz played the ball much shorter than usual in this game. I think that’s because Oscar Pareja knew that FC Dallas was the superior team and wanted to keep the ball. FC Dallas did a great job of controlling the tempo with 59.5% possession.

Chris Seitz passing (Red - unsuccessful pass, Green - successful pass)

FC Dallas put the ball into the danger zone

It’s often said that it’s not the possession that counts, but what you do with it. FC Dallas was able to not only control the game, but get the ball into the box and take threatening shots.

FC Dallas successful passes and all shots (Green box - successful pass, Yellow box - key pass that led to a shot, Blue box - assist, Red circle - shot off target, Yellow circle - blocked shot, Green circle - shot on target, Soccer ball - goal)

Not Maxi-mizing his performance

Maximiliano Urruti is still not playing up to the level that was expected when he was signed in the off-season. Urruti only completed two passes in the attacking third, both of which went backward. He attempted eight passes in 70 minutes, four of which were successful, and only one of which went forward. He had one shot on goal, which was blocked. Tesho completed more passes and had a shot on goal in only 20 minutes.

Maxi Urruti passing and shots (Green box - successful pass, Red box - unsuccessful pass, Yellow circle - blocked shot)

Fernando Clavijo confirmed to Steve Davis after the game that FC Dallas will be buying a #9 in this summer transfer window, hopefully one that will be capable of scoring 15 goals in an MLS season.

FC Dallas CBs won aerial challenges

Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman put in a dominating aerial performance. Look at how many clearances from RSL goalkeeper Jeff Attinella were won by Dallas.

Jeff Attinella passing (Red - unsuccessful, Green - successful)

RSL stuck defending deep

Dallas was able to win the ball further up the field on average. RSL dropped deep and was forced to defend in their own box throughout the game.

RSL defensive actions (Green - tackles won, Red - tackles lost, Yellow - blocks, Purple - clearances, Orange - recoveries)

Conclusion

FC Dallas thoroughly dominated a Real Salt Lake side missing no fewer than five key starters.