When Last They Met: Real Salt Lake v. FC Dallas, Aug. 2012

After equalizing fairly late in the match, Real Salt Lake had their hearts ripped out, stomped on and fed to rabid dogs when FC Dallas scored on a 94th minute breakaway in a five-minute-stoppage match at Rio Tinto Stadium.

In the match, Fabian Espindola continued what was then a two-month goalless streak, though he took a few strong shots and looked like he could make something happen. But as so often was the case, Alvaro Saborio was the goalscorer on the night, the Costa Rican finding an equalizer on a Javier Morales corner.

Of the 11 who started that match, four are likely to make an appearance: Luis Gil, Ned Grabavoy, Yordany Alvarez, and Kwame Watson-Siriboe. Still at the club but unavailable are Chris Wingert and Javier Morales (injury), as well as Tony Beltran and Nick Rimando (international duty); Fabian Espindola and Paulo Jr. have both moved to other MLS clubs since that point. Kyle Beckerman and Alvaro Saborio, both unavailable through international duty, came off the bench that night, as did Justin Braun, now at Toronto FC.

That match, as depressing as it was, was the end-cap on a three-game losing streak; Real Salt Lake lost only two games after that match. Of course, that hardly made it better, but maybe it was a necessary kick in the pants — sadly.

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