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FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake match preview

RSL heads to Dallas needing to make up ground in the playoff race

Lucas Muller | RSL Soapbox

What RSL needs to do to win

The big thing for RSL? It’s all about managing to score goals. They have a style of play that does not naturally lend itself to scoring goals with any frequency — which is exactly why they’re on 34 goals in 26 games, which places us easily in the bottom third of the league. Our defense has accounted for that, by and large, with 35 conceded — enough for 8th place in the league on that particular metric.

It’s not like FC Dallas is some goalscoring phenom, but they do score more than us and concede less than us, and that solidifies my thinking: We need to do more to score goals. What that thing is, I don’t know.

Match details and forecast

  • Where: Toyota Park; Frisco, Texas
  • When: 7 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time
  • Forecast: Upper 80s to low 90s, 50–60 percent humidity

Injuries and Absences


  • Damir Kreilach, whose timeframe remains very much in flux
  • Braian Ojeda, pending a work visa
  • Bobby Wood, who is expected to reach full training soon


  • Danny Musovski, who is still recovering from a hamstring issue that he suffered while stillat LAFC
  • Tate Schmitt, who has apparently been suffering from a knee injury

With Real Monarchs

  • Gavin Beavers
  • Julio Benitez
  • Jeff Dewsnup
  • Chris Garcia
  • Axel Kei
  • Jaziel Orozco
  • Jude Wellings

Quote of the Match

They’re really a really good side at the moment. Once they put their starting XI out there and have all their big names in the starting XI, it’s going to be a tough game, obviously. I feel like we’ve got to do the same job as they did at our place, don’t really let the momentum of the home team get a hold of you, try to engage from the very first minute and show they have to fight for any point they want to keep at home. Obviously, we’ll do our tactical analysis and try to break down the game we had with them, and also try to find a game plan that tries to help out us the most. It just comes down to mentality and who’s willing to put in more effort and more work to come out with a good result. It’s not impossible.

Jasper Löffelsend on playing against FC Dallas, via ESPN 700 with Bill Riley

Predicted Lineup and Formation

Holt, Glad, Silva
Herrera, Ruiz, Löffelsend, Brody
Meram, Cordova, Savarino

Why a 3-4-3? Well, folks around the club this week have been talking a lot about “tactical flexibility,” and where there’s smoke — well, you know the metaphor. I don’t know that there’s actually going to be a change, but I think we have ample evidence to think there might. be. Is it something that would make a difference? Who knows!

Last ten matches

  • Sat., Jul 23, 2022: Real Salt Lake 0-1 FC Dallas
  • Wed., Oct 27, 2021: FC Dallas 1-2 Real Salt Lake
  • Sat., Sep 4, 2021: Real Salt Lake 3-2 FC Dallas
  • Sat., May 22, 2021: FC Dallas 2-2 Real Salt Lake
  • Sat., Oct 24, 2020: Real Salt Lake 0-0 FC Dallas
  • Sat., Jul 27, 2019: FC Dallas 0-0 Real Salt Lake
  • Sat., Mar 30, 2019: Real Salt Lake 2-4 FC Dallas
  • Sat., Jul 7, 2018: Real Salt Lake 2-0 FC Dallas
  • Sat., Mar 3, 2018: FC Dallas 1-1 Real Salt Lake
  • Sat., Jun 3, 2017: FC Dallas 6-2 Real Salt Lake