The two teams wasted no time in showing that neither team likes each other very much. After a first half that featured some hard fouls and chippy play, they went into halftime scoreless.
In the end, this match came down to three big moments, and the biggest was a miscue by FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
In the 47th minute, Real Salt Lake midfielder Andy Williams lined up for a free kick from about 30 yards out. The kick cleared the wall and Hartman seemed to be in front of the ball for the routine save. As the ball spun in, Hartman misjudged it and it glanced off his hands and rolled into the goal.
It was Williams' second goal of the season.
The second big moment was almost the equalizer by FC Dallas. In the 81st minute, Brek Shea took the ball into the box and was close enough for keeper Nick Rimando to dive at his feet off his line. Shea calmly passed the ball to his open teammate, Jackson Goncalves, who seemed surprised at the pass. He was in position for a simple tap in, but he was off balance and could not get a strong foot on the ball.
As the ball slowly rolled towards the open goal, Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert came from all the way across the goal to kick it away and preserve the lead. It appeared Goncalves may have been in an offside position, but Wingert's brilliant save made it so it did not matter.
The third moment of this match came just before the final whistle.
After watching FC Dallas build an attack for the last several minutes in an attempt to tie the game, it seemed it had one last good scoring opportunity.
In the 94th minute, Real Salt Lake forward Fabian Espindola had other ideas. As Dallas was trying to clear the ball out of its own end, Espindola received a ball that was intercepted by his teammate and he took it to goal. As he moved toward the near post, he stopped and started, causing two defenders to fly past him. He easily beat Hartman at the near post to go up 2-0 and end the match.
These two teams meet again Tuesday in Texas as they match up in U.S. Open Cup play.
Chris Johstoneaux is a contributor to Bleacher Report who usually covers the NBA and Major League Soccer. If you liked this article, please take a moment to leave me a comment and follow me on Twitter @JazzRSLExaminer.