The thermometer on the field displayed 100 degrees and FC Dallas displayed poise under some grueling conditions to out shoot Real Salt Lake 2-1 in front of nearly 18,000 home fans at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
This was the tenth win in a row for FC Dallas moving the team into a tie for first place with the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake.
The temperature wasn’t the only heat in the stadium as both fans and players watched as Referee, Ismail Elfath showed Blas Perez his second caution of the match in the 45th minute leaving FC Dallas a man down for the remainder of the game. Despite the controversy, FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake headed to the locker room with a 0-0 draw at halftime.
In the second half FC Dallas fans now energized by the Perez ejection watched as FC Dallas scored the go ahead goal in the 50th minute when Michel took a corner kick, lining the ball to Je-Vaughn Watson who chested the ball to the near post past Real Salt Lake goal keeper Rimando and into the back of the net.
Fabian Castillo added a second goal in the 74th minute with a low shot to the far post. The goal was Castillo’s 10th in his last 11 matches across all competitions.
The FC Dallas defense held the shutout through regulation but gave up a goal to Real Salt Lake forward, Olmes Garcia in stoppage time in the 91st minute.
FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja commented, “This club has a new heart and they showed it tonight. This is the heart of this club and this is the heart of this organization. In regards to the game, it was a very intense game. In the second half we were very smart - the team understands that tactically you can win these battles, even with 10 players. I have to give all the credit to the guys who were on the field. I don't know if you noticed, but the heart of the fans and the people who were in the building was laid down on the field. The guys took it and performed that way. I'm very proud.”
FC Dallas travels to Chicago on August 30th for their next game. You can join in the fun with FC Dallas fans at a watch party next Saturday evening at the Mellow Mushroom on Preston Road in Frisco.