Real Salt Lake 2, FC Dallas 0

Andy Williams scored on a free kick early in the 47th minute and

Fabian Espindola added a goal in the final minute of stoppage time

to lift Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday


Salt Lake (8-3-6) extended its unbeaten streak to 2-0-4. Dallas

(10-5-4) had won three straight. The two teams will meet again on

Tuesday night in Dallas in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open


Williams scored just his second goal of the season when he

lobbed a shot over a defensive wall on a free kick restart. The

ball slipped out of the left glove of Dallas goalkeeper Kevin

Hartman and trickled across the end line to give Salt Lake a 1-0


”It’s always important to get that first goal – especially at

home,” Williams said. ”They were sitting back all game and

looking for a counterattack. I thought we did a good job the first

half in eliminating their chances going forward.”

The goal brought Dallas to life on offense and it started to

press the attack as the second half wore on. Salt Lake made some

fine defensive plays to hold onto the lead. Chris Wingert came up

with a spectacular save in the 85th minute as he blocked a shot off

the line from Jackson just as it looked like the Dallas midfielder

could tap one in with goalkeeper Nick Rimando out of position.

Salt Lake’s Tony Beltran pointed to the fact that his team had

possession of the ball the majority of the time as a big reason for

its ability to step up on defense.

”They were defending for a large portion of the game, so I’m

not sure how they’re feeling,” Beltran said. ”I know personally

if I’m defending for long periods of time, it’s very tiring. It’s

more tiring than possessing the ball.”

Espindola sealed the win when he sent a shot past Hartman in the

final minute of stoppage time and buried it in the right corner of

the net.

The result was exactly what Salt Lake needed to keep pace with

teams like Dallas and the Los Angeles Galaxy in the chase for the

Supporters’ Shield awarded to the MLS team with the best regular

season record.

”We stated before the game that this was a huge match for us,”

Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis said. ”Probably the biggest we have

had this season against what I think is arguably the team that’s in

the best form right now. A positive result. It doesn’t matter to me

the score. To get all three points against them was big for


Neither offense could break through in the first half. Salt Lake

attacked frequently, but only created intermittent scoring


The best opportunity to get on the scoreboard came in the 18th

minute when Alvaro Saborio tracked down a bouncing pass from Kyle

Beckerman. Saborio caught a piece of the ball with his head on the

bounce at the far post. His touch was good, but the ball just

barely hooked wide of the post.

FC Dallas had a chance in the 40th minute when Jackson blasted a

shot from 40 yards away that Rimando was forced to parry over the