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Stoppage-time goal sinks FC Dallas in 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake

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Once again, FC Dallas has a lead that they give up in the second half.

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FC Dallas squandered an early lead for the third game in a row as they lost 2-1 to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night.

Damir Kreilach and Albert Rusnak found goals in the final ten minutes of the match to complete the comeback for the visitors, who are now above the playoff line in the Western Conference. Their goals offset a first half header from Matt Hedges.

Just like in recent games against LAFC and the LA Galaxy, Dallas had the early advantage in this one. Twenty minutes into the match, Hedges scored his first goal since the 2019 season as he beat David Ochoa to a Justin Che lofted cross into the penalty box. Hedges rose up and headed home the game’s first goal.

The second half was all RSL as they tested Jimmy Maurer on a couple of occasions including one that saw him make a wonderful diving stop in the 64th minute. Maikel Chang put a shot to the upper corner of the goal that Maurer got a hand on before having to dive on it to keep a rebound shot from happening.

In the 80th minute, Kreilach was able to get on the back end of a Justin Meram cross. Kreilach snuck in behind several Dallas defenders to poke the ball past Maurer.

The game-winner was a similar affair. Rusnak got in behind the Dallas defense to close out the game and secure the much-needed points for the visitors.

Instant Reaction: We’ve seen this before, maybe one too many times as of late out of FC Dallas. Go up early, and give it up late. It is tough to really get excited anymore about the goals that do happen when you know deep down that the lead is going to be coughed up late. This team just struggled badly to figure out how to hold on to a lead and now we’re sitting at a winless streak of 10 games as a result. I want to like what Marco Ferruzzi has done but his lineup and even sub-selection have been very questionable. It is time to go back to Ricardo Pepi in the lineup for Saturday’s home finale. I’d even say it is worth keeping Che out there and adding Pomykal back into the lineup. Basically, start the Homegrown players and go from there. But we’ll dive into that thought later on.

Man of the Match: The broadcast gave it to Matt Hedges, so why not here?

What’s next for FC Dallas: One final home game this weekend to decide the first-ever Copa Tejas in MLS as FCD hosts Austin FC.