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Texas woes continue as RSL falls to late FC Dallas surge


Real Salt Lake's woes in Texas continued as the club fell 2-0 at FC Dallas in a match that finished with 10 men as defensive midfielder Yordany Alvarez was sent off late in the second half.

Alvarez was sent off in the 84th minute after a second yellow card, which appears to have apparently been for embellishment, although it should be noted that Alvarez immediately sprung back up after going down.

Josh Saunders and Lovel Palmer mismanaged a backpass late in the second half as Real Salt Lake hunted for an equalizer, and Jackson capitalized on a bit of dallying from Saunders to score in the 81st minute. Fabian Castillo scored in the 70th minute from an incredibly tight angle — interestingly, he was the player set to come off for former goal-of-the-year scorer (and not much else) Eric Hassli.

Olmes Garcia made his debut for Real Salt Lake ... coming on in the 80th minute for midfielder Cole Grossman as RSL looked for a point late in the match. Garcia nearly scored immediately after coming on on a diving header.

A late surge from Real Salt Lake wasn't enough to net them a goal; after three minutes of stoppage, RSL officially fell once again in Texas.

Josh Saunders, Joao Plata and Cole Grossman all made their first starts for Real Salt Lake; it was also Grossman's first appearance. He performed fairly well despite being taken off for Garcia late on in the match.

With so many players missing, a loss shouldn't be particularly surprising, although the manner of defeat will certainly disappoint RSL coach Jason Kreis.