Real Salt Lake was humiliated again in Texas for the second time in a row, but this time by a score of 6-2 as Dallas broke their four-game winless streak. RSL was outscored 11-3 through two games in Texas.
Mike Petke didn’t have a whole lot of options to fill in the holes in his starting eleven — a storyline that’s become all too familiar this season. Holness got the start in the midfield while Petke went with only two strikers in Movsisyan and Plata.
Speaking of familiar storylines, Dallas wasted almost no time getting on the score sheet as they broke the 0-0 scoreline in just the eighth minute. In an unsurprising play, Michael Barrios broke free with the ball on the right side and sent a perfect cross to Roland Lamah who had an easy tap in on the far post to put the home side up 1-0.
The Hoops doubled their lead just 14 minutes later thanks to Roland Lamah yet again in a pretty similar play. This time the assist came from Maxi Urruti on the right side, and Lamah found himself in a one-on-one situation with Matt Van Oekel as RSL’s defense seemed to be absent on this one. Lamah slotted the ball just past Van Oekel and Dallas marched on to a 2-0 lead.
Lamah completed his hat trick in the 31st minute as the RSL defense once again let him run right through to grab the ball and put it in the back of the net.
Guess what? it happened again. Maxi Urruti broke free with the ball behind RSL’s defense in the 40th minute, found himself one-on-one with Van Oekel and easily chipped him to put Dallas up 4-0.
The Hoops kept on rolling when Tesho Akindele got one just three minutes later to put his side up 5-0.
The only silver lining for RSL in the first half? The scoring stopped at five. They managed to get two shots on goal in all the chaos, but that didn’t matter much as Petke took his players into the locker room.
RSL pulled one back in the 70th minute thanks to Omar Holness who ripped a shot from the top of the box, right past Jesse Gonzalez and into the net to spoil the shutout for the home team.
Just two minutes later, Kyle Beckerman notched his first goal in nearly two years as he headed in a corner kick to pull RSL within three goals at a score of 5-2.
Just when we thought the bleeding had stopped, Dallas got themselves another one in the 89th minute from Michael Barrios. Ferreira sent in a ball from the left side and found Barrios unmarked who was able to put it past Van Oekel, securing the home side’s victory at a staggering scoreline of 6-2.
RSL has now been outscored 26-7 in their last nine matches, winning only two of those. They get a week off before they head to Open Cup action in Sacramento, followed by their next MLS match at home against Minnesota.