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FC Dallas didn’t just lose to Real Salt Lake on Saturday; they were throttled, 3-0, at home.
A nutmeg gem from Javier Morales preceded goals from Ned Grabavoy and Olmes Garcia. The win kept RSL atop the Supporters’ Shield standings with 37 points. The victory came despite the team being without Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, Alvaro Saborio and Tony Beltran, as all four are away on Gold Cup duty.
Even goalkeeper Josh Saunders was unable to finish the match. The backup keeper left in the 51st minute with a sprained left knee LCL. Head coach Jason Kreis was forced to turn to his third goalkeeper, Jeff Attinella.
The 24-year-old rookie made three saves in his MLS debut.
He shared his thoughts on the club’s official website following the match:
I’m happy I could step in and help the team get a win. Our offense and our defense were the stars tonight...Obviously you don’t want to come in due to someone getting injured… Josh has been a mentor to me so I was sad to see him go down but happy to contribute.
Sorry, Attinella, but the real star is Coach Kreis. Despite all this turnover, RSL still sits atop the league.
As for Dallas, the home loss was the team’s first since 2012. It also extended the club’s winless streak to seven matches. Even worse, Saturday just so happened to be the first time RSL captured a victory on the road in Dallas.
The team was 0-9-2 entering Saturday.
Sound the alarms, Frisco, Texas.
It could go from bad to worse with a trip to Montreal next week.
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