Notes & Quotes - DAL 0 : 0 RSL

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Tie Gives RSL
First Away Point against “Hoops” in Tenth Trip to North Texas;

Delay Contest for Nearly Two Hours Late in Second Half


FRISCO, Texas (Sunday, May 22, 2011)
Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas struggled to move the scoreboard before struggling
to even finish out their contest at Pizza Hut Park, the two sides settling for
a 0-0 draw in a match delayed nearly two hours due to severe thunderstorms.
Under the odd circumstances, Real Salt Lake (5-1-2, 17 pts.) also came up with
an out of the ordinary result, as the Utah side registered its first-ever point
on the road against Dallas (5-3-3, 18 pts.), the draw coming in RSL’s tenth
trip to North Texas.

Both Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas struggled to create
chances during the first half, with the two sides putting just two of their
five combined shots on frame. It was Dallas picking up the pace offensively in
the second stanza before thunderstorms stopped the proceedings in the 83rd
minute, the match halting for an hour and 52 minutes before picking up for the


Salt Lake Match Notes

  • Real Salt Lake’s defensive dominance continued on the
    evening, as the Utah side saw its already-miniscule goals against average
    drop to 0.25 with 83 more minutes of shutout soccer. RSL’s two
    goals allowed
    has tied the mark for the lowest total conceded
    through eight matches to start a MLS season
    , drawing even with last
    year’s edition of the Los Angeles Galaxy (RSL scored one of the goals
    against LA during that stretch in a 1-2 loss at The Home Depot Center on
    April 17, 2010).
  • With their dueling shutouts, RSL’s Nick Rimando
    and FCD’s Kevin Hartman took over the season lead in individual shutouts
    with their fifth clean sheets of the season. Rimando’s current 338-minute
    shutout streak is the third longest in MLS play in 2011, following
    Columbus’ Will Hesmer (414) and Hartman (399).
  • Tonight marked the third contest in Real Salt Lake
    history to be delayed due to thunderstorms. Back on June 28, 2006 at
    Chicago, a pair of Chad Barrett goals in the final 10 minutes following a
    lengthy second half delay allowed the Fire to down RSL 2-1. Last June 9 at
    Rio Tinto Stadium, a first-half stoppage against the Los Angeles Galaxy
    might have helped RSL stop the visitors’ momentum, as a Javier Morales
    goal in the 80th minute lifted RSL to a 1-0 win and snapped
    LA’s season-starting 12-game undefeated streak.
  • The match marked the longest in Real Salt Lake’s
    seven-year history, the three-hour, 43-minute affair easily beating the
    previously delayed contests at Chicago (2:46) and against Los Angeles
  • Tonight’s contest marked the fourth in club history in
    which an RSL played failed to take multiple shots, and the first since
    June 20, 2009 at Houston (1-1 T). Five different players accounted for the
    team’s five shots against FC Dallas on the evening.
  • Due to the thunderstorm delay, tonight’s
    previously-scheduled MLS Reserve League contest between RSL and FC Dallas
    was cancelled. A make-up date for the Central/Mountain Division affair has
    not yet been determined.
  • Real Salt Lake will head back home to Sandy next Saturday,
    May 28
    for another high-profile clash within the Western Conference,
    this time against Seattle Sounders FC. Kickoff from Rio Tinto
    is set for 7:00 p.m. MT.
  • Tickets for the contest against Seattle remain
    available and can be purchased online at, over the
    phone at 801-727-2700 or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box
    , Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MT and on gameday
    beginning at 10:00 a.m.



SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011



Goals by
2          F

0          0         

Real Salt
0          0


Scoring Summary:  


Misconduct Summary:  

RSL – Chris Wingert (caution; Reckless Tackle) 44
DAL – Andrew Jacobson (caution; Persistent Infringement) 53

RSL – Kyle Beckerman (caution; Reckless
Tackle) 58

RSL – Ned Grabavoy (caution; Reckless Foul)


FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman;
Jackson Goncalves (Bobby Warshaw 83), Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Zach Loyd; Eric
Alexander (Eric Avila 77), Daniel Hernandez (captain), Andrew Jacobsen, Brek
Shea; Fabian Castillo (Ruben Luna 72), Marvin Chavez

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz (GK), Bruno Guarda, Moises Hernandez, Ricardo
Real Salt Lake
-- Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert; Ned
Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman (captain), Andy Williams (Collen Warner 72), Will
Johnson; Álvaro Saborío, Arturo Alvarez (Jean Alexandre 81)

Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish (GK),
Fabian Espindola, Nelson González, Robbie Russell, Chris Schuler

David Gantar
Referee's Assistants:
Claudio Badea, Eric Boria  
4th Official:
Matthew Foerster
Time of Game:
Cloudy and 90 degrees






Overall thoughts on
the match:

“We didn’t come here and
play the way that I wanted to play. It wasn’t pleasing to my eye, but I'm
thrilled about the result. We have to feel proud of what we did and say this is
the first point we have ever picked up in Dallas.”

Biggest challenge
after a delay like that…

“To keep the guys in it.
I remember at Chicago we thought we locked down a good result; we had eight to
10 minutes left and we came out super flat. I was pleased the guys came out and
were ready and gave a decent effort for the last 10 minutes.”

On what his squad did
during the delay…

“Yeah, you don’t know
when the game is going to start. The guys kept the mood light, having the music
on and joking around. It wasn’t like they were sitting there with their head in
their hands.”

On the play of Nick
Rimando and the defense…

“The (shot) he dug out
in the left corner was phenomenal. It’s critical. When you’re not playing your
best you need two things – a resilient effort and guys in back to make plays.
We’ve been getting a lot of the latter lately.”



On his mindset while
waiting for the delay to end…

“We knew we had to be
focused because the same situation happened with L.A. and they came out and
lost. We were having a good time in here, just staying as loose as we could.”

On the effort

“The chances weren’t
there and the goals weren’t there, but the commitment was there.”

What the team did in
the locker room during the delay…

“Listen to music,
juggled the soccer ball and just chatted. We just tried to stay loose.  We
got a result, something we have not done here, so we are happy.”

Thoughts on coming
and playing in Dallas…

“We have always been
jinxed here. To get a result it’s a step, we have good feeling going into next



On the storm delay…

“It was the first time I
had to do that. It is interesting because the body wants to shut down, but I
had to stay focused. Our main focus was to come get a result. We wanted to get
a win, but to get a result was fine as well.”

On why RSL has
previously struggled in Dallas…

“When you are playing
against Dallas, the humidity is a factor. It wasn’t that hot, but it was
humid.  We were sweating more than at home, but humidity only gets to us
because they are a good team; the same with the altitude when we’re at home.”

Outlook on the

“This was a good result.
We came down here and got another shutout. Hopefully some goals will start to
go in for us.”



Opening thoughts…

“It was a difficult game
for both teams. It seemed that the ball wasn’t really bouncing right for either
team. I thought in the second half that we came out and played much better and
created some problems. I thought they (Real Salt Lake) were getting tired and
then the delay came and gave everyone a chance to rest and recover. We are
disappointed with the tie and, as we always say to our players, there are three
points there to be taken and we are always trying to get those three points.
It’s been a while since we have gotten the strike force working together, but I
thought the boys really did everything we did in practice this week. The early
services came across on the ground and we missed a lot of those services in the
first half in terms of quality.”

How did the rain delay affect you
mentally and physically and what were you telling the team in the locker room
during the break?

“The rain delay is tough
on everyone and what we try to do is talk to them a bit individually, but we
also realize that they need to find their own space and do whatever they are
comfortable with. We have been through it before so that was a little bit of
knowledge for us. I stayed completely away from the officials. Since we have
been through it before, I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of things happening in
the background knowing the league was going to ask us to finish playing the
game once the weather breaks. So I stayed away and spent a good hour and a half
cleaning my office (laughs) because I had the time to do it and I wanted to
keep busy.”

What positives did you see

“Rimando made a great
save, could be the save of the week that George (John) hit in the top corner. I
think we were just a bit disconnected. We worked all week on coordinating our
two strikers with our flank players and we worked all week on our early
services, but we weren’t able to get on the end of them. Part of that is timing
and part of it is that we don’t have the biggest guys up there.”



“I don’t think we can
complain too much coming out of here with a point against a great team like
Salt Lake. They always are a tough test for us, but I think the important thing
is that defensively, we’re doing a great job. (We’ve gotten) a lot of shutouts
the past couple of games and we still have a long ways to go. We still need to
do a lot of work on our possession and work on our attacking a lot more and
hopefully get a little more done. But, at the end of the day, you can’t be too
upset with a tie against Salt Lake.”

On the two-hour weather delay…

“They were able to let
us know ahead of time before we went out to get a brief warm-up  here in
the locker room before we went down.  We went through this against L.A.,
so it wasn’t a big shock to us. Obviously, we would have liked to finish eight
minutes of the game out before we had that long delay, but we had to do that
against L.A. and it was just something we had to do. We were able to get loose
and warm before we had to go back out.”



Thoughts on where the
team stands now…

“The fact that we got
seven out of nine points at home is certainly something we are proud of. Even
though we’re on the road Wednesday, we have a great opportunity against Seattle
and then we head down to Houston to face our in-state rivals on Saturday.”

Thoughts on the
success of the defense recently…

The success has come
from hard work and their ability on how to morph into how to be successful.
They have been winning more individual battles, which is making my job easier.
Everything is more predictable. The shots that come from long distances, I expect
to save.” / /