A Brek Shea penalty gave the hosting Hoops the lead, but rookie Emiliano Bonfigli equalized for RSL.
Just hours after the penalty shootout between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal, Dallas earned a penalty kick in the opening moments of first half stoppage time to take the lead. Brek Shea knocked it past Nick Rimando after a Tony Beltran handball was called in the box.
“I feel we really came out slow,” FCD coach Schellas Hyndman said. “The first 10-15 minutes, we really had to survive. But our guys dug deep and were able to. With Real Salt Lake missing [Jamison] Olave, we really worked on our crosses. That caused the penalty that put us ahead.”
Real Salt Lake came out in the second half much more aggressive and fine-tuned. That paid off midway through the second half, as RSL evened it up thanks to a goal by Emiliano Bonfigli. The rookie forward had just come on a substitute three minutes prior to scoring the tying goal, the first of his career.
Real Salt Lake nearly broke the game open with a breakaway just minutes after the goal. Alvaro Saborio made his way on an unmarked run towards the net, but Shea caught up to the Costa Rican forward, allowing goalkeeper Chris Seitz to break up the attack.
“When Carlos [Rodriguez] went down due to injury, that seemed to take a lot out of our players,” said Hyndman. “In the second half, we came out better and did fine. But I was hoping to get Jackson on in the last 15 minutes, but he came on as an emergency sub for Carlos much earlier than that.”
With the draw, FC Dallas moves into a tie for third place in the Western Conference with Vancouver at 11 points. The Hoops will play their third game in seven days, against the LA Galaxy on Saturday night.
The draw evens Real Salt Lake up with San Jose atop the Western Conference standings with 16 points. It will return home to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday to take on Toronto FC.
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