What a great night. Head Coach Oscar Pareja could not have drawn it up any better as FC Dallas went into Rio Tinto and blasted Real Salt Lake 3-0 Saturday night. Dynamic counter attacks and timely defense led to a near flawless road effort keeping FCD unbeaten in MLS play this season.
The visitors got off to a fast start jumping in front in the opening minutes. After RSL's Demar Phillips was whistled for a handball in the penalty box Maxi Urruti stepped up and fired Dallas in front. It played right into FC Dallas's plans as RSl was chasing the game from the start basically having to commit players into the attack. The result were blasting Dallas counter attacks the other way and RSL were lucky to only be down one at the break after Dallas would threaten again in the 13th minute. Roland Lamah chased down a long ball on the left side of the pitch and found Urruti at the right side of goal. The striker’s chance was blocked in front, but fell right to Tesho Akindele, who hit a trailing Michael Barrios at the top of the box for a shot that was cleared off the line by RSL defender Aaron Maund.
The second half was more of FC Dallas on the attack with the RSL defense trying to hold back the tide. They had no answers as Matt Hedges doubled the lead in the 67th minute of play. An inswinging corner from Kellyn Acosta found Hedges at the six where he headed home past backup keeper Matt VanOekel who was in for the injured Nick Rimando.
Jesse Gonzalez was called into action several times over the final 15 minutes to hold his fourth clean sheet of the season. RSL had their best look at goal in the 78th minute as the Homegrown keeper would again deny Lennon. The forward received a distant free kick inside the 18 and ran toward the end line on the far side of the field before firing a quick shot that required a diving effort for his fifth save of the match.
In stoppage time, Urruti would put away his second of the night on the end of a Cristian Colman flick-on header into space behind a pressing Real Salt Lake back line. Urruti would run down the ball and attempted to chip VanOekel coming off his line to make the save. The Dallas striker would catch up to his own attempt going wide of goal before it rolled across the end line and tapped home a point-blank chance to seal the 3-0 win.
The impressive victory leaves FC Dallas still unbeaten through 8 MLS games this season with 5 wins and 3 draws. The team currently sits tied with Sporting Kansas City atop the MLS Western Conference standings on 18 points, but FCD has played one less match so far.