FRISCO, Tex. (ABC4 Sports) – What started out as an embarrassment, ended in a nightmare for Real Salt Lake.
After getting blown out by Houston on Wednesday night, 5-1, Real Salt Lake became the first team in MLS history to surrender five goals in the first half of a game, as FC Dallas handed RSL its second straight humbling defeat. 6-2.
Roland Lamah had a natural hat trick, scoring the first three goals of the game, while Maxi Urruti and Tesho Akindele helped stretch the lead to 5-0 at the half.
“They really just pounced on us,” said captain Kyle Beckerman. “[We had] that Wednesday game and Dallas was fresh. They really took advantage of their first couple chances. It’s tough when we’re in this sort of a way with the team. You find yourself a couple goals down. It’s hard to get out of it.”
Real Salt Lake ruined FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez’s clean sheet in the 70th minute. Omar Holness finished with his first touch after Joao Plata found him inside the area with a short pass.
RSL scored its second of the match in the 72nd minute. Kyle Beckerman headed the ball home at the near post on a corner kick served in by Albert Rusnák.
16-year-old Jesus Fereira became the second youngest player in MLS history to score a goal when he found the back of the net in the 89th minute.
“It’s not one thing,” said defender Chris Wingert about the team’s struggles. “If it was one thing, it would be easy to correct. There are a lot of things wrong at this point. We need to start from ground zero and work our way back. There are no positives to take out of this except that maybe we need a couple days away and then really get back after it and start from ground zero and work our way back into competing. This is just unacceptable.”
Matt Van Oekel, playing for Nick Rimando who is with the U.S. Men’s National Team, surrendered all six goals, while making five saves.
After getting outscored on this road trip 11-3, RSL falls to 4-10-2 on the year. They now take a two-week break before returning to action June 17th at home against Minnesota.
“It’s not good enough individually, collectively, from key players in key positions, not talking about everybody on the field, but I’m at a point now where I can’t protect people anymore,” said head coach Mike Petke. “I’ve never been through something like this. It’s blowing my mind, but perhaps this is the right time for a break. When we get back, it’s going to be fun to watch them fight like dogs to get on that field.”