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Real Salt Lake matches unbeaten record with FC Dallas draw

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The Canadian Press
5/25/2014 12:21:17 AM
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SANDY, Utah -- Real Salt Lake stretched its unbeaten streak to 12 games with a 0-0 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday night, matching Major League Soccer's record undefeated streak to start the season with a 6-0-6 mark.

The Los Angeles Galaxy opened the inaugural season with a 12-0 record (including two shootout victories) in 1996, before the league had draws. The Galaxy opened the 2010 season with a 10-0-2 record.

FC Dallas (5-6-3) is winless in seven straight games and was coming off a 2-1 loss to the Galaxy on Wednesday night.

"We just had a tough time kind of creating chances through possession tonight," said RSL defender Nat Borchers, who saw his header cleared off the line in the 55th minute. "That's how it's going to be some nights."

Real Salt Lake, in second place in the Western Conference, beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium last weekend.

Salt Lake continues to be without goalkeeper Nick Rimando and midfielder Kyle Beckerman, who are training in Northern California after being selected for the U.S. national team competing at the World Cup next month.

RSL was hurt in the 42nd minute when Joao Plata injured his left hamstring and left the game.

Tesho Akindele got a good shot off from the right side of the box in the 53rd minute but Jeff Attinella -- standing in for Rimando -- came up with a big save in the corner.

Attinella finished with three saves for the clean sheet.

"I thought we came out flat," RSL coach Jeff Cassar said. "We were moving and possessing the ball, but really without purpose."

Salt Lake saw the return of Robbie Findley, who entered the match in the 65th minute. Findley has been rehabbing from knee surgery following last season's MLS Cup Final against Kansas City.

02:00ET 25-05-14

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