Frisco, Texas • The time to beat Real Salt Lake is early.
When FC Dallas' Roland Lamah scored in the eighth minute of Saturday night's game at Toyota Stadium, it came as no surprise — it marked the ninth time in 16 games this season that RSL had allowed a goal in the first 15 minutes of a match.
That's easily the most in Major League Soccer, three more than Minnesota United. Salt Lake's defense is also the league's worst in the opening 30 minutes — Lamah's goal in the 22nd was the 13th conceded in that span, again three more than Minnesota. And the MLS-record five goals given up in Saturday's first half raised RSL's league-worst total to 21.