It had to happen at some point and Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake ended FC Dallas’ 19-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory. The game was won on a seemingly tame ball into the box that Ned Grabavoy managed to loop a header over a horribly out of position Dario Sala to seal the win. I
-I’m actually feeling pretty positive after this one. Jackson starting on the right for the first time, Ugo and John united in the middle for the first time in months, Daniel Hernandez back and FCD still could’ve easily pulled a result from that game. Certainly no need to panic after this loss as all the previously injured players made it through unharmed. It’s a shame that home field and the Supporter’s Shield are out of reach, but Dallas is a good road team.
-It sucks to lose the game and the streak, but last night was necessary in the grand scheme of things. After seeing the lineup with Ugo and Hernandez back, you knew there could be a little bit of rustiness and I think we saw that. Unfortunately, the game where everyone returned just happened to be the toughest fixture in MLS this season, RSL away. Against a lesser team, I think FC Dallas wins this game.
-This is another grind it out, playoff type game. If FC Dallas and RSL are to meet in the playoffs, FCD can take a lot of heart in knowing they can get that 0-0 or 0-1 away result that would probably see them through to the next round. The second goal was simply a product of FCD pushing for the equalizer and RSL had trouble all night breaking down FCD.
–A lot of “C” performances from the starters. Apart from Dario Sala who was obviously at fault for the goal, it’s tough to say anyone really played well or bad in this one. Just a lot of meh out of the guys.
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