Real Salt Lake midfielder Carey Talley is scheduled to have an MRI on his right knee today to determine if there's additional damage to the knee following a hard foul he suffered Saturday against FC Dallas.

Talley was fouled in the 27th minute by Dallas midfielder Ronnie O'Brien, whose cleat hit Talley just below the right knee.

He was tended to for several minutes before returning to the field. Talley was red-carded six minutes later for an apparent retaliation foul on O'Brien.

Sunday morning Real's trainers determined that there was a little fluid in Talley's right knee, and they scheduled an MRI to make sure there isn't any type of tear.

"The last thing I need is a knee injury," said Talley, who was limping noticeably on Sunday.

The last thing Real Salt Lake needs is an injury to Talley as well. He's been arguably the team MVP this season, and losing him during its final playoff push would be very difficult.

Talley, who was traded to Real from Dallas this past offseason, is automatically suspended for next Saturday's match at Dallas because of the red card.

If the MRI reveals no damage, he should be back in time for RSL's final three games against Kansas City, Houston and Chivas USA.

GIVING IT AWAY: RSL's reserves surrendered three second-half goals, including one in stoppage time to Arturo Alvarez, as the FC Dallas reserves rallied for a 3-3 draw Sunday morning at Rice-Eccles Stadium. RSL's Chris Brown finished with two goals, while Joey Worthen scored as well.


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