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Real Salt Lake 2, FC Dallas 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

For the second time in three days, Real Salt Lake knocked off the Western Conference leaders, defeating FC Dallas, 2-0, Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Real Salt Lake (9-8-2), who defeated Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, improved to 8-1-1 at home this season. FC Dallas (10-3-5) suffered their first loss to a Western Conference foe this season. 

The opening goal came in the 11th minute after Sebastian Saucedo stepped in front of Kellyn Acosta for a ball in the box and the FC Dallas midfielder clipped the forward, resulting in a penalty kick.

Albert Rusnak grabbed the ball and put RSL in front, slipping his low attempt into the corner and just past the outstretched arms of Jesse Gonzalez, who dived to his right.

Stationed at the near post on an FC Dallas, Jefferson Savarino saved a sure equalizer in the 71st minute by steering away a Matt Hedges header on frame.

Savarino then set up Luis Silva for the stoppage-time insurance goal to put the game away.


  • 11’ – RSL – Albert Rusnak (PK) | WATCH
  • 90’+1’ – RSL – Luis Silva | WATCH

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: Youth was served and a record was broken in this game with 11 combined Homegrown players playing, 10 were in both teams starting lineups.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Rusnak’s penalty kick was the winner, but if Savarino isn’t at the near post and heads away a Hedges shot, the match is tied.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Savarino came up with huge plays on both sides of the field with his critical headed clearance and the assist on Luis Silva’s insurance goal.

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