Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Jeff Attinella; Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert; Cole Grossman, Luke Mulholland (Luis Gil, 82’), Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales (C); Devon Sandoval (Robbie Findley, 65’), Joao Plata (Olmes Garcia, 42’)
Substitutes not used: Lalo Fernandez; Abdoulie Mansally, Aaron Maund; John Stertzer
FC Dallas (4-4-2): Chris Seitz; Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Moises Hernandez (Jair Benitez, 93’); Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa, Adam Moffat, Fabian Castillo (Stephen Keel, 92’); Tesho Akindele (Andres Escobar, 82’), Blas Perez
Substitutes not used: Raul Fernandez; Peter Luccin, Danny Garcia; David Texeira
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (6-0-6, 24 points, West #2) extended its unbeaten start to the season to 12 games on Saturday, playing FC Dallas (5-6-3, 18 points, West #3) to a scoreless draw in front of a sold-out crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Saturday’s result moved RSL into a tie for first in MLS history with the 1996 and 2010 LA Galaxy (12-0-0; 10-0-2) and 2000 Kansas City Wizards (10-0-2) for the longest unbeaten streak to start a season. The draw also moved first-year RSL Head Coach Jeff Cassar into a tie with 1996 LA Head Coach Lothar Osiander for longest unbeaten start to a managerial career in MLS history.
The Claret-and-Cobalt and Cassar will have a shot to extend their unbeaten streak to 13 games next Saturday, when they’ll take on first-place Seattle Sounders FC at 2:00 p.m. MT at CenturyLink Field.
Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar
On the extent of FW Joao Plata’s injury:
“To be honest with you, I don’t know. I haven’t spoken with the trainers, but I think it’s a slight hamstring pull. It was a bit preventative to take him out before it got more serious, so hopefully that’s the case. We’ll see later tonight or tomorrow.”
On FW Robbie Findley’s first appearance after his offseason surgery:
“I’m really pleased with him. I like how he’s worked to contribute to the first-team, so we couldn’t be more pleased with him. We’re going to need him.”
On his team’s offensive woes in the final third:
“I thought we came out flat in the first half. We were moving the ball and possessing the ball, but with no purpose. I thought the second half was much livelier. We were getting into their half a lot more, we were kind of missing that final ball. We have to give some credit to our opponents, too. They had four defenders and two defensive midfielders that held their line there, and sometimes it’s hard to penetrate. If you’re not moving and you’re not forcing them to move, it’s very hard to break down.”