MLS Game Summary - Real Salt Lake at Dallas|
(Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 1
Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - Substitute Eric Avila handed FC Dallas a 2-1 win
over Real Salt Lake at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday in the first leg of the
Western Conference semifinals with a goal in the 88th minute.
Fabian Espindola handed RSL a 1-0 lead five minutes into the match, but Dallas
equalized shortly before halftime through Jeff Cunningham, who entered the
match as a substitute for the injured Milton Rodriguez.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 69th minute when Javier Morales
received his second yellow card, although the Hoops also finished the match
with 10 men as Atiba Harris was hit with a straight red card six minutes
Avila entered the match in the 86th minute, and two minutes later he fired
home the winning goal, giving Dallas a lead ahead of the return leg in Salt
Lake next Saturday and handing the defending MLS Cup champions their first
defeat since July 17, which also came at Dallas.
RSL got off to a perfect start with Espindola opening the scoring five minutes
into the game.
He collected a ball from Andy Williams and dashed into the penalty area on the
right. Espindola then cut back past a defender and curled a shot inside the
Dax McCarty had a close-range effort saved by Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick
Rimando, but after entering the game in the 32nd minute, Cunningham equalized
right before halftime when he battled through a pair of Salt Lake defenders
before beating Rimando at the near post.
David Ferreira smashed a shot off the post from 25 yards for Dallas, while
Marvin Chavez forced Rimando to make a good diving save on a ball headed for
the upper-left corner of the net.
Morales was handed a second yellow card for a high kick on McCarty, meaning he
will miss the second leg next week, while Harris evened up the numbers in the
75th minute with an elbow on Will Johnson that earned him a straight red card.
Avila replaced Jair Benitez in the final minutes, and he made the most of his
chance by picking up the ball 35 yards from goal and sending a rocket past
Rimando and just inside the left post.
Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made it interesting in stoppage time when he
parried a shot into the path of Ned Grabavoy, but the RSL midfielder missed
the net from six yards.
10/30 19:26:04 ET