FC Dallas fell to Real Salt Lake last night 1-0, here is what all happened.
Scoring Summary: RSL: Jamison Olave – 78’
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Aubrey David, Victor Ulloa (Tesho Akindele - 46’), Carlos Gruezo, Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz (Ryan Hollingshead - 79’), Kellyn Acosta, Maxi Urruti (Getterson - 65’).
Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Herman, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Coy Craft, Mauro Rosales.
Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Justen Glad, Demar Phillips, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Luke Mulholland (John Stertzer - 68’), Juan Manuel Martinez (Olmes Garcia - 69’), Joao Plata, Yura Movsisyan (Omar Holness - 90’). Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Attiella, Pedro Beaz, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert.
RSL: Tony Beltran (caution) 43’
RSL: Luke Mulholland (caution) 57’
DAL: Aubrey David (caution) 81’
DAL: Maynor Figueroa (caution) 84’
RSL: Joao Plata (caution) 90+4’
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Eduardo Mariscal; 4th: Younnes Marrakchi Weather: Clear, 79 Attendance: 19,939
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the match…
I thought it was a pretty level game in terms of the opportunities - Salt Lake had theirs and we had ours. I felt that at any point whoever scored the [first] goal was going to get the points. We ended up giving away [a goal] in a play that is controlled, on a set piece, and gave them the space to score. After that we tried in any manor just to get the equalizer, but with not many ideas. We ended up giving away 10-15 minutes where we could’ve had more patience and get a lot more options, but we didn’t do a good job in that part. Disappointed tonight, but with this group, they have been great so far and we’re in a long run here with the competitions that we have. We have to turn around quick and try to bounce back.
On what did Real Salt Lake did to disrupt the offense…
We didn’t have too many ideas tonight. We tried to get in behind - and we did a few times - but not with the characteristics that we normally have. We tried to play with more muscles than brain, and that’s not us. As I said, that’s probably a game that both teams could get a point, but we end up just giving away the ball. And that is what frustrates us.
On Kellyn Acosta playing out wide as a winger in the first half…
The plan with him was to just outnumber [Salt Lake] in the middle and give us a little bit more range there and trying to collapse the Salt Lake collaboration. We ended the first half 0-0, but with not too many chances. Then we bet with the second half just to push and bring Acosta into his regular position and have another forward up front who can give us that, and Tesho did a good job in that part. At the end we did what we wanted in the first half, but I cannot say anything else because when you lose the game it’s hard to find the game plan working.
On if the lack of ideas stems from heavy schedule…
It could be. I have said numerous times that this group is generous. This group is fit. This group is ready to absorb the competition. It’s not going to be easy. We knew it. It’s not going to get any easier, but we’re prepared. Coming to Salt Lake and getting a result is not an easy task. I’m still proud of these guys who are doing whatever’s possible to get results and consistently have done it. We will try, as I said to bounce back in terms of results, but the boys are fine.
FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman
On what he saw on Real Salt Lake’s goal…
They played it short and they played it quick, so we had trouble getting our marks in order at the time and they had a lot of guys coming in late and it was kind of a scramble in the box. They caught us tuned off a little bit and at this level, if they catch you sleeping, they’re going to make you pay for it. I think it’s one of those things where we learn from it and we learn to stay tuned into every single second and hopefully prevent those kind of goals.
On what the team can take from last year’s run to this season down the stretch…
I think just realizing that every single point counts and every single goal counts. Last year we lost [the Supporters’ Shield] on goal differential and that was pretty frustrating and so it’s games like these where if you can scrap a point on the road, it’s a big deal. I think we come away a bit disappointed, but at the same time we have eight regular season games left and we’re still in control of our own destiny. It’s time to regroup and get three points in our next match.
On what was different tonight than over the last few games…
I think we were just a little bit off. We were put under pressure, and credit to Salt Lake, they came with a game plan to put us under pressure and we could’ve probably handled it a little better, but at the same time we stood strong and, like I said, it’s one play where you maybe tune out for a second and they make you pay. It’s something you wish you could change, but we move on and look forward to three points in the next match.