FC Dallas picked up another road draw on Saturday in Utah.
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Atiba Harris, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Maynor Figueroa, Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta, Mauro Rosales (Ryan Hollingshead 57), Mauro Diaz (Victor Ulloa 71), Michael Barrios (Tesho 78), Maxi Urruti.
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Carlos Ruiz, Norberto Paparatto, Aubrey David.
Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Justen Glad, Demar Phillips, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales (Joao Plata 67), Luke Molholland, Juan Manuel Martinez, Jordan Allen, Olmes Garcia (Pedro Baez 85).
Substitutes Not Used: Lalo Fernandez, Omar Holness, Sunday Stephen, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert.
Misconduct Summary: RSL – Luke Mulholland (caution) 39
DAL – Kellyn Acosta (caution) 85
DAL – Chris Seitz (caution) 90+1
Referee: Jair Marrufo
AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Corey Rockwell; 4th: Allen Champman.
Weather: Clear, 58
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the match…
It was two different halves for us. Obviously, we wanted more than one point but we understood it was going to be a difficult game. We couldn’t get a point last time we were here. In the first half we had some chances to score. We played more of our style. There was a lot I liked our of our guys in the first half. In the second half, we were more defensive. I thought Real Salt Lake reacted well. They started pushing the game. We managed well tactically to keep the clean sheet. Believe it or not, I also thought we had some options to score in the second half and walk out of here with three points.
On the play of goalkeeper Chris Seitz…
Good. He had a good performance. He did a great job today when we needed him the most.
On his priorities the rest of the season with the Supporters Shield and CONCACAF Champions League still on the line…
It is difficult for me to prioritize any competition over the other. We have been committed to everything with this group. Nearing the end of the season, we have won the U.S. Open Cup. We are fighting for the shield. We are not going to give up on that. At the same time, we know it is important for the club and for Major League Soccer to qualify for the next round of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament. It’s impossible right now to have a preference. We just need to be ready every day to play our best and see if we can make it happen. It’s not easy.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz
General thoughts on the match…
We knew if we came in here and kept a clean sheet, we were going to be in good shape. We’re a talented team going forward and it has been a little while since we were able to keep a zero. Defensively as a whole, all 11 guys got behind the ball and worked really hard, which was crucial tonight. We came here to get three points but we’re not going to hang our heads for getting a draw. Getting points out of this game is big for us moving forward.
On returning to Salt Lake City, where he spent the first three years of his career…
It doesn’t help during the game but I had three good years here and it is always nice to come back. I have a lot of friends still on the team. It’s always good to see them but once the whistle blows you forget about all of that and you’ve got a job to do.
On next week’s match against the LA Galaxy…
It’s exciting. We are right where we want to be. We have the opportunity to go back home and play in front of our fans. We always relish that opportunity. We’re excited for it. We know it is going to be a big one because they’re not far behind us in the standings. They are shooting for the same thing we are.