Real Salt Lake-FC Dallas Preview
FC Dallas already has one win over Real Salt Lake this season. FCD has also been pretty successful against RSL at home over the years.
With both clubs looking to stay above the playoff line in the Western Conference, Dallas aims to continue its home success over Salt Lake on Saturday night.
FCD (9-8-5) is sitting on 32 points, two ahead of Real Salt Lake (9-9-3), which currently owns the last playoff spot in the West.
"We have to keep in our mind that the playoffs are around the corner," Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira, who scored his sixth goal of the season in last weekend's 2-0 win at Sporting Kansas City, told his club's official website. "We have to keep adding points."
That's obviously the same mindset for RSL, which lost 4-2 to visiting Dallas in a wild affair on March 30. Salt Lake's Jefferson Savarino leveled the match 1-1 in the 31st minute, but two straight goals from Dallas' Paxton Pomykal put the visitors up 3-1. Marcelo Silva pulled one back for Real Salt Lake in the 66th minute, but Ferreira, who also had an assist in the match, added some insurance with a score three minutes later.
RSL now gets the chance for some redemption, but is just 1-14-3 all-time at Dallas. It's 0-4-1 there since posting that victory in July 2013. Salt Lake has also managed just two goals during an 0-3-1 overall road stretch in league play.
However, it's earned four points from its last two contests - that happened to come at home - routing Philadelphia 4-0 and drawing Minnesota United FC 1-1, both solid results against two of the best squads in MLS at the moment.
Savarino has two goals and two assists in the last two games. One of those assists came on Silva's equalizer in the 71st minute against Minnesota, a match in which RSL felt it did not show the urgency needed to pull out a win.
"I think it's a tough result for us," defender Brooks Lennon told Real Salt Lake's official website.
"Just a frustrating result overall. But, it's better to take one point than zero. So, you've got to look at the positives."
Dallas has won two of three overall and returns home where it's 6-1-4 and amid a 3-0-2 stretch. Ferreira shares the team goal lead with Dominique Badji, who scored against Kansas City for his second over a three-game stretch.
Updated July 25, 2019