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Real Salt Lake 0 - FC Dallas 2 - US Open Cup - Recap, Stats, and post match comments

Well here is the official info from the RSL Communications team:


Goals from FCD Defenders Jair Benitez and Jackson Goncalves on Either Side of Half Continue RSL's Misery in the MetroPlex;

Utah Side Returns to MLS Play this Saturday with First-ever Trip to British Columbia to Face Vancouver Whitecaps FC 

FRISCO, Texas (Tuesday, July 12, 2011) - Real Salt Lake saw its run in the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ended at the hands of FC Dallas this evening, as the Texas side used goals from defenders Jair Benitez and Jackson Goncalves to post a 2-0 victory over RSL in their Quarterfinal Round affair at Pizza Hut Park. With the loss, RSL is eliminated from the 98th edition of U.S. Soccer's national championship, this after qualifying for the tournament proper for the first time since the 2006 campaign. 

After Real Salt Lake controlled the balance of play in their league encounter just three days ago at Rio Tinto Stadium, it was FC Dallas taking similar control this evening at Pizza Hut Park, outshooting RSL 7-1 in the first half en route to a 1-0 lead at the break. The Dallas advantage would come via a dead ball opportunity by Benitez, who curled a 30-yard free kick straight out from goal into the upper right corner and past diving RSL GK Kyle Reynish in the 18th minute. 

Real Salt Lake would come out of the locker room with renewed energy, and came close to leveling the match in the 54th minute when FW Fabian Espíndola's left-footed bender for the far left post missed a foot wide. Right off the ensuing goal kick it was Jackson running onto FW Eric Alexander's flick-on header and past the last RSL defender before sending a perfectly-weighted chip over Reynish and under the crossbar to double the Hoops' lead at 2-0. From there the home side would effectively put a chokehold on the contest, with RSL MF Collen Warner's audacious volley from the edge of the area that struck off the crossbar in the 74th minute counting as the visitors' best chance to mount a comeback.

more after the jump:

Real Salt Lake Match Notes

  • There could be no doubt about head coach Jason Kreis' previous statements regarding prioritizing the U.S. Open Cup, as Real Salt Lake made just three changes to the squad that posted its own 2-0 win over FC Dallas last Saturday in Sandy. Defender Nat Borchers replaced Chris Schuler and returned to man the middle of the RSL backline alongside normal partner Jamison Olave, while Kyle Reynish continued his role between the posts in the tournament in place of a slightly injured Nick Rimando (R ankle sprain) and Fabian Espíndola replaced Álvaro Saborío up top
  • Real Salt Lake's continues to find nothing but misery in the Metroplex, as Tuesday's Open Cup loss pushed the Utah side's record at Dallas to 0-10-1across all competitions (0-8-1 in regular season play and 0-1-0 in MLS Cup Playoff and U.S. Open Cup action). Tonight's result gives the Western Conference rivals an even 1-1-1 split in their three contests in 2011.
  • Tonight's defeat also snapped RSL's recent run of results, as the Claret-and-Cobalt entered this evening on a seven-match undefeated streak across MLS and Open Cup play (3-0-4), including its current six-match unbeaten stretch in league contests that stands alone as the third longest in club history.
  • Real Salt Lake is now 4-7-1 all-time in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, its 3-3-0 mark in the tournament proper including two-match runs in 2005, 2006 and 2011.
  • After a one-day stay in Utah on Wednesday it will be back to the road for Real Salt Lake (8-3-6, 30 pts.; 4th in Western Conference), which will start the second half of its League calendar this Saturday, July 16, with its first ever trip to British Columbia to take on the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps FC(2-10-8, 14 pts.; 9th in West). Saturday's matinee kickoff at Empire Field is set for 2:00 p.m. MT and can be seen live on KMYU 2.2 (Comcast 22 / Dish Network 12) and the MLS Direct Kick (TV) and MatchDay Live (online) subscription packages.



TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011


Goals by Period                    1          2          F

FC Dallas                                1          1          2

Real Salt Lake                        0          0          0 

Scoring Summary: 

DAL - Jair Benitez (unassisted) 18

DAL - Jackson Goncalves (Eric Alexander) 54 

Misconduct Summary: 

RSL - Fabian Espíndola (caution; Tackle from Behind) 14

DAL - Jair Benitez (caution; Delaying a Restart) 37

RSL - Jamison Olave (caution; Reckless Foul) 40 

DAL - Zach Loyd (caution, Reckless Tackle) 45+

DAL - Andrew Wiedeman (caution, Delaying a Restart) 87 

FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman; Zach Loyd (Andrew Wiedeman 68), George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez; Bobby Warshaw, Ricardo Villar (Brek Shea 64), Eric Avila, Bruno Guarda; Eric Alexandre, Marvin Chavez (Jackson Goncalves 46) 

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz (GK), Daniel Hernandez, Peri Marosevic, Milton Rodriguez 

Real Salt Lake - Kyle Reynish; Chris Wingert (Collen Warner 58), Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran; Will Johnson, Kyle Beckerman, Ned Grabavoy (Arturo Alvarez 58), Andy Williams; Luis Gil, Fabian Espíndola (Jean Alexandre 66) 

Substitutes Not Used: Tim Melia (GK), Nelson González, Robbie Russell, Chris Schuler


Statistics                         DAL       RSL

Shots                                 13            6

Shots on Goal                   4             0

Goal Mouth Blocks           0             1

Saves                                  0             1

Fouls                                 11           18

Corners                              3             1

Offsides                             7             3 

Referee: Michael Kennedy 

Referee's Assistants: Jonathan Johnson, Adam Garner

4th Official: Matthew Foerster

Attendance: 3,189

Weather: Clear and 97 degrees 




On the difference between Saturday's League win and tonight's USOC defeat: 

"I think the energy level tonight.  We have seen it lots of time here in Dallas, where we can't get our energy level right.  It presents its difficulties with the weather for us, and it certainly did tonight.  If we don't have the right energy and right mentality for games we often don't get results, and when we do have the right mentality and energy we do get results." 

On RSL's approach to the U.S. Open Cup tournament this season: 

"It's a trophy with a pretty significant purse and some history when it comes to our league. It's a chance for our players to earn money and win prestige and an opportunity to get back into the CONCACAF tournament. All those things made us want to take this seriously, and I think that was reflected by the team we put out there tonight." 

On moving past the disappointment of being eliminated: 

"It's important that we respond. Tonight that was a game where we didn't put in the right energy and a lot of things weren't right with it. We need to move forward, we need to move forward very quickly and we need to move forward together." 


On what went wrong for RSL this evening: 

"A big factor was our possession game just wasn't where it usually is tonight, and giving up the first goal against a good team like Dallas is always tough. They scored a fantastic free kick and after that we were under it and we didn't respond as well as we wanted to. We have to make sure we don't give up any set pieces - and if we do we've got to be better with our marking. I think it's going to come around." 

On moving past the result and elimination from the tournament: 

"We need to get back on track where we're winning games and getting results on the road. The Open Cup is over now and we have to wash our hands of it and put it in the past. This was a tough result for us, but now we can focus on the league, and that is the most important thing for us." 

On looking forward to Saturday's league contest in Vancouver: 

"We've got a big test in front of us at Vancouver and we'll have to play well on the road to get a result. They've got a tough environment to deal with so we're going to have to bring our ‘A-game' on Saturday."

Well there you go, on to Saturday and on to the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup.  As for the "Kreis Cup", the annual all competition cup for RSL vs FC Dallas is deadlocked at 1-1-1 and each team with 2 goals at home.  When these teams meet in the playoffs there will be a lot at stake.