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FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 0 – Player Ratings

Oscar Pareja called Saturday night’s 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake “disciplined,” and that could be the best way to describe FC Dallas’ first three points since July 25th. It was another one of those […]

FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 0 – Match Recap

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Penalties and Fabian Castillo decided a crucial Western Conference match between FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake.

Goals from Tesho Akindele, his first since May 9th and Castillo would make the final score line 2-0 in favor of the homeside Dallas. A missed Javier Morales penalty would spell doom for the visiting Real Salt Lake.

Dallas opened the scoring in the 51st minute after Akindele won a penalty after a foul from Demar Phillips. Akindele converted his own penalty for 1-0. Real Salt Lake would have a chance to equalize from the spot in the 78th minute, but Javier Morales smacked the post, and the rebound was skied over the bar.

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Dallas executed on the counter attack to finish off the match with a Castillo goal after the penalty miss.

FC Dallas was in control from the start, with a three chances inside of the first 10 minutes. Je-Vaughn Watson, who was active the entire half in attack, crossed in from the right side towards David Texeira. Texeira’s shot went just over the bar inside the first minute.

Dallas would continue the pressure but only force one save from U.S. international keeper Nick Rimando.  In the 4th minute, Fabian Castillo burst down the left side and found Akindele whose pass deflected to Texeira. Texeira’s shot would be saved by a scrambling Rimando.

In the 6th minute, captain Matt Hedges found Castillo breaking down the left side. The recent Colombia call-up would use step-overs to find space, but his shot hit the side netting.

Real Salt Lake would have one major chance which would come in the 36th minute after a sliding cross effort from Morales. Kyle Beckerman was there with an open net in front of him, but his touch pushed the ball just wide.

Homegrown keeper Jesse Gonzalez, who was making just his second in MLS, kept Real Salt Lake at bay with four saves. Castillo would help his keeper out and put the game to bed after the counter attack off the missed RSL penalty with a shot from just inside the box in the 79th minute.

Both clubs may have missing players next week due to events in this match. Real Salt Lake ran into a problem with yellow cards, as both Tony Beltran and Luke Mulholland with miss next week’s match due to yellow card accumulation that occurred in this match.

FC Dallas will have to keep an eye on Ryan Hollingshead, who took a blow and began to gush blood from his wound the 75th minute. Walker Zimmerman had to take his place. Hollingshead appeared to be ok as he ran back to the Dallas bench under thunderous applause.

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When it was all said and done, FC Dallas walked away with their first three points since July 25th. FC Dallas return to action when they face Columbus Crew SC on Soccer Sunday on September 6th, and Real Salt Lake stay in Texas for their next match as they face the Houston Dynamo on September 12th.

 

 

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Player Ratings: Dallas versus Chicago

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Here are the player ratings from the game on Sunday versus Chicago.

Dan Kennedy-4

I think he made some good saves in the game, but getting beat between the legs like he did gives him a four. Almost a three.

Ryan Hollingshead-3

Turned the ball over often and was out of position on a few plays that let Chicago get in dangerous situations to build on the lead. Probably his last game at left back for a while.

Matt Hedges-3

Got beat handily by David Accam on the first goal and and struggled most of the day to keep a Chicago attack at bay that pretty much set back after the first goal and waited to counter.

Zach Loyd-4

Played pretty well and controlled his side of the field which limited the damage some from Chicago.

Atiba Harris-3

Struggled in attack was not physical enough against a team that he should have no problem being physical against.

Victor Ulloa-3

Played his worse game of the season. He has been solid all year, but with Ezequiel Cirigliano getting more fit in training each week, Ulloa will need to find his form fast or he will be passed up.

Kellyn Acosta-3

Made too many youth mistakes against a team that was pretty basic and fouled Igboananike in the box to set up the game clinching penalty. I think he will get better and use this as a learning experience.

Fabian Castillo-3

Was not dangerous at all versus Chicago. It looked like he was going through the motions during the game.

Mauro Diaz-3

Diaz reverted back to late May-early June form. He was frustrated and did not act like a number ten on the field.

Fabian Castillo-3

Looked like he was going through the motions and was not very dangerous in the game. Nobody will know if the mid-week all-star game played a role in his lack of focus, but he needs to bounce back from this.

David Texeira-2

Reverted back to invisible Texeira and was not a factor in the 45 minutes he was out there.

Substitutes

Tesho Akindele-4

Showed signs of flashes early on to try and get back in the game, but a yellow card early on limited him being more physical.

Rolando Escobar-3

Was subbed on for Ulloa and really did not make much noise. So far, the signing of him has proved to have zero impact on this season.

Moises Hernandez-3

Was subbed on with eight minutes left in the 90. Really had no factor in the game.

Coaching

Oscar Pareja-3

The team failed to break down a basic defense by Chicago. Did the team overlook this game and start thinking about Los Angeles in two weeks? We will likely never get the answer to that, but Pareja failed to get the team up for this game it appears. It looked like FC Dallas thought if they showed up that Chicago would lie down and give Dallas three points. Just like in previous games against Portland, Colorado, and now Chicago, Dallas failed to be able to defeat a team that was desperate for a win and now will have to make sure and get points on the road at locations such as Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Kansas City.

 

Looking ahead: Why the schedule favors FC Dallas late.

With FC Dallas now in first place, a lot of people will start schedule watching. The western conference can be pretty insane, and it seems to bring something new each week. Here we will break down seven teams in the west and D.C. United to see why Dallas has a good chance for the Supporters’ Shield. We will re-visit this after the bye week Dallas has in a few weeks.

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