Defense dominates, but offense sputters for RSL
Real Salt Lake earned their first-ever point on the road at FC Dallas
on Sunday, posting their second consecutive shutout but struggling to
find their familiar offensive rhythm for the second match since losing
midfielder Javier Morales to injury.
“It certainly wasn’t the prettiest night of soccer from either
team,” RSL head coach Jason Kreis said told ESPN 700 Radio after the
scoreless draw. “It’s important when you lose guys like (David)
Ferreira and (Javier) Morales – it’s important to how you are going to
attack, and it’s difficult to figure things out.”
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RSL picked up their sixth shutout in eight matches in the draw, but
have now been shut out in three of their last four league matches.
A weather delay of more than 100 minutes late in Sunday’s match
certainly didn’t help with the team’s flow, but they still controlled 62
percent of the possession on the night. However, their attack was a bit
lacking and the possession did not often lead to genuine scoring
RSL managed just four shots, and only two of them on goal.
“For me the game was a bit dull, and I think mostly due to the
weather,” Kreis told ESPN 700 Radio. “I know our guys were really
affected by the humidity here.”
Defensively the club stuck together, despite the lengthy delay.
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando was rarely threatened, aside from a gorgeous
one-handed save on a shot by George John in the 24th minute.
“The guys responded well,” Kreis told ESPN 700 Radio, “and reacted when they needed to.”