Real Salt Lake’s attack has gone cold at the worst possible time.
For the third straight match, RSL was held scoreless as the Western Conference contender settled for a 0-0 draw with league-leaders FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium. With the draw, FC Dallas maintains a five-point cushion atop the conference while RSL sits eight points back in fourth place.
Just eight minutes in FC Dallas had what proved to be one of the better chances to go ahead, but the U.S. Open Cup champions saw it go wanting as Mauro Diaz’s shot clanked off the post.
Both goalkeepers stepped up to make big saves for their respective teams. Nick Rimando made a pair of stops on the night, the best of which came on a first half free kick from Juan Manuel ‘Burrito’ Martinez. His counterpart, Chris Seitz, made four stops on the evening, headlined by a stop of a Walker Zimmerman header and a late chance from Joao Plata.
In total, RSL fired 14 shots to FC Dallas’ eight, but neither side could muster quite enough to score a vital goal.
RSL now faces a trip to Avaya Stadium to take on the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday while jumps right back into another midweek fixture for a CONCACAF Champions League clash with Suchitepéquez.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Chris Seitz was vital for FC Dallas on the day, as the goalkeeper made four stops to earn a hard-fought clean sheet.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Seitz’ stop of a late Joao Plata rip saved RSL from a heartbreaking late-game loss.
MATCH TO FORGET
Once again, the entire RSL attack sputtered as Olmes Garcia managed just one shot in place of the injured Yura Movsisyan.