Real Salt Lake settles for 1-1 draw in season opener against FC Dallas


DALLAS (ABC4 Sports) – Real Salt Lake looked like it was headed for three points on the road in their season opener at FC Dallas.

But in the 86th minute, Maximilliano Urruti’s shot deflected off the leg of RSL defender Marcelo Silva for an own goal, and RSL has to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Joao Plata gave Real the lead in the 25th minute, when he blasted a right-footed shot past FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer.

Nick Rimando made that leave stand up for most of the game, making five saves, but was frozen on Urruti’s shot in the final minutes.

“We’re always going to play aggressive,” head coach Mike Petke said. “We worked a lot this week and the week before knowing Dallas would be in better shape due to the two CCL games, maybe a little sharper. It’s hard to swallow that late goal. Having said that, they had their opportunities, but we did as well. Perhaps 1-1 is a fair result, but our guys, they worked hard. For a first game with a long way to go, it’s a good start.”

Real Salt Lake put just three shots on goal, two by Plata, compared to five shots on goal by FC Dallas.

RSL plays its home opener March 10th against LAFC.

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