FC Dallas looked like they had three points in the bag on a wet and slippery Saturday night but a late goal in the 86th minute from Real Salt Lake proved to be the difference as the two sides split the points in a 2-2 draw.
Real Salt Lake got on the board first with a goal in the 20th minute from Rubio Rubin. Dallas was able to respond just before halftime with a penalty kick goal from Franco Jara, the veteran strikers’ first goal of the season.
The two sides traded blows in the second half as both were looking for the go-ahead goal. Dallas seemed to have the upper hand with 10 shots on target on the night too. It was Ryan Hollingshead in the 82nd minute that put Dallas on top as he got on the end of a deflected shot that beat David Ochoa.
But in the end, it was Damir Kreilach’s 86th-minute header that sealed the draw.
Instant reaction: The chances were certainly there as the wet conditions proved to be a bit of a boost to the way Dallas approached the game. Things were a bit more direct and the result was a lot more shots on goal that Ochoa had to face (which by the way, that kid had a stellar night for RSL with eight saves).
But the way the defense has been going here late in games is truly concerning. Back-to-back games now with a late goal that has surrounded points on the board. We thought the loss in Minnesota would spark enough questions out of this bunch but maybe it needs to be this one, a home draw that really should feel more like a loss. I know FCD had the bulk of the chances, the shots, the corner kicks, everything. It should have been there for them but it wasn’t the case on this night.
Man of the Match: There were some good performances from Hollingshead (who did have the go-ahead goal late), Bryan Acosta also continues to perform well in the midfield.
What’s next for FC Dallas: The club closes out the month of May on the road, as they take on the Colorado Rapids for the second time in 2021.