Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2):: Nick Rimando; Abdoulie Mansally, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran; Kyle Beckerman (C); Ned Grabavoy, Luis Gil; Javier Morales (81' - Yordany Alvarez); Robbie Findley (20' - Lovel Palmer), Alvaro Saborio (85' - Olmes Garcia)
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella (GK), Brandon McDonald, Sebastian Velasquez, Joao Plata
FC Dallas (4-2-3-1): Chris Seitz; Jair Benitez, George John (C), Stephen Keel, Kellyn Acosta; Andrew Jackson, Michel (61' - Peter Luccin); Jackson, Mauro Diaz (46' - Kenny Cooper), Fabian Castillo (77' - Je-Vaugn Watson); Blas Perez
Substitutes not used: Kyle Zobeck (GK), David Ferreira, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (15-10-7, 52 points, West #1) earned a hard fought point on Saturday night, tying FC Dallas (10-10-11, 41 points, West #8) 1-1 despite going down a man in the 17th minute in front of a sold-out crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Real Salt Lake started brightly, but went down a man in the 17th minute when DF Abdoulie Mansally was shown a straight red card for a foul on Dallas MF Jackson. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Real Salt Lake scored first, going ahead in the 60th minute through FW Alvaro Saborio. Dallas FW Kenny Cooper equalized 12 minutes after Saborio’s goal to send both teams home with a point.
The result maintains the Claret-and-Cobalt’s position at the top of the Western Conference, one point ahead of second-place Seattle Sounders FC. RSL is one point behind the New York Red Bulls in the Supporters’ Shield race. Seattle has two games in hand on both RSL and New York.
REAL SALT LAKE
REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS:
On FW Alvaro Saborio’s goal:
“He’s big-time, just big-time. I thought he had a really nice night. Everything he did with the ball was fantastic – his touches, his holding [the ball] up for our players to get forward, the run he made and to get the play finished off was great. We’re really pleased with how he played, just in time to send him back to Costa Rica.
On DF Abdoulie Mansally’s red card in the first half:
“That’s an ejection. No, I don’t have any issue with [the call]. It was a really rash tackle that was poorly timed, and it really endangered the safety of our opponent. That’s a red card for me, and I don’t have any issue with it.”