Recap: RSL dismantles Dallas in scrappy match
Photo Credit: smackdowntay (smackdowntay.blogspot.com)
It was just one of those games any diehard RSL fan will always remember, similar to the 3-2 win in Portland and the 3-2 win against Toronto FC, this one ended late with the atmosphere absolutely maxed out.
Over 19,000 fans held their breath until the final whistle after 5 goals in the second half of a windy, chippy game between Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas. The first half was marred by scrappy play in which neither team could possess the ball in the final third. The wind was really ripping from the south and definitely affected the play. The real bright spot for Real in the first half was Yordany Alvarez’s great performance. His passing was excellent and was able to win and hold possession.
After going into the break without a tally on the scoreboard for either team the play really opened up in the second half. RSL was able to take the 1-0 advantage over Dallas courtesy of a clinical cross by outside back Tanaka and a clean header by Sabo. FC Dallas was able to tie it on an iffy goal. There was a scramble in the box and it seemed as if Real had just survived the onslaught when it appeared that backup goalie Kyle Reynish made a save on the line. However, the sideline referee said the ball crossed the line entirely and called a goal. Real Salt Lake responded immediately though and scored just two minutes later. Saborio doubled the score for Real with a shot that ricocheted off of a Dallas defender and beat Kevin Hartman on the near post. This was the crucial point of the match. It was then that goalkeeper Kyle Reynish was caught off his game when Blas Perez rocketed a shot right at him that deflected off of his outstretched hands and into the back of the net. It looked as though Dallas might get their point at Rio Tinto, but RSL fans believed to the end and were rewarded when Nat Borchers, the White Rhino, hit the postage stamp of the net with his strike in the 92nd minute.
I’m all fine with winning the games late, as long as we win it. Let’s just hope this drama doesn’t turn tides and start going the wrong way. But I’ll take it when it’s here.
IF YOU BELIEVE THEN JUST STAND UP ON YOUR FEET!