Aug 23, 2014 at 2am UK at ​Pizza Hut Park
Dallas
2-1
Salt LakeReal Salt Lake
Watson (50'), Castillo (74')
Perez (31'), Michel (33')
Perez (45')
FT(HT: 0-0)
García (91')
Schuler (45')

Result: Dallas defeat Real Salt Lake despite Blas Perez dismissal

Fabian Castillo on November 11, 2012
Ten-man Dallas secure an important win over Real Salt Lake at the top of the MLS Western Conference thanks to goals from Je-Vaughn Watson and Fabian Castillo.

Dallas earned a vital win at the top of the MLS Western Conference as they defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1 despite playing 45 minutes with 10 men.

The home side pressed early on and went close through Jair Benitez who drilled a shot at goal from 20 yards, but his effort went just past the post.

Dallas were looking more dangerous in an open game and Fabian Castillo should have done better when he collected Blas Perez's through-ball as he fired his shot straight at Nick Rimando.

Tesho Akindele had a better chance for the hosts when he got in behind the Salt Lake defence and rounded Rimando, but with players back on the line he lifted his shot inches over the bar.

Dallas were reduced to 10 men just before the break in controversial circumstances as Perez was sent off for a second yellow card following a clash with Chris Schuler.

The Salt Lake defender was booked for shoving the striker to the ground and Perez was given his marching orders for exaggerating the contact as he fell, much to the bemusement of his teammates.

Dallas didn't let the sending-off deter them as they took the lead in the 50th minute when Michel's corner was chested into the back of the net by Je-Vaughn Watson from close range.

The visitors tried to respond and came close through Robbie Findley as he headed Luke Mulholland's free kick at goal, but saw his effort clatter off the crossbar and go over.

The hosts made Salt Lake pay as they doubled their lead when Castillo picked up a loose ball 30 yards from goal and drove into the box before burying a powerful effort into the bottom corner.

Real got a goal back in stoppage time through Olmes Garcia as his overhead kick crept in at the near post, but the 10 men of Dallas managed to hold out to secure the three points.

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