On a steamy night in Frisco, Texas that required a hydration break in each half, FC Dallas was the better team and in the end probably deserved to secure all three points in a dramatic 2-1 win over DC United.
The match was not settled until the 92nd minute when Fabian Castillo blasted home his eighth goal of the season. There was a sense trouble was coming for United who as a team on defense looked fatigued and uncertain as the clock approached full time. Late in the game United struggled with its clearances and had too many turnovers.
In the 73rd minute FC Dallas finally found joy on a goal from Kellyn Acosta from close-range. Acosta had earlier given United trouble with shots from long distance. On the goal Michael Barrios navigated into crossing position on the left flank and found David Texeira at the corner of the goal box who then flicked it to Acosta sandwiched between United defenders.
True to its form all season the Black and Red responded to the challenge and threatened with an opportunity from halftime substitution Miguel Aguilar in the 75th minute. Then two minutes later Taylor Kemp delivered a cross from the left flank intended for a charging Jairo Arrieta in the middle of the box, but instead it ricocheted off defender Matt Hedges for an own goal to tie the game at 1-1.
FC Dallas has lost once in ten home matches this season and now sits on top of the Western Conference and the Supporter’s Shield tables. The speed and craft of FC Dallas on offense, especially the play of Castillo and Mauro Diaz, were too much for United. FC Dallas had a 26-6 advantage in shots.
- Andrew Dykstra has arrived. To be sure Dykstra is disappointed to be on the losing end, but in his sixth start of the season he could not be blamed for the goals and was forced to make six saves. United will need Dykstra’s steel with first choice goalkeeper Bill Hamid sidelined four to six weeks while he recovers from hand and knee surgeries.
- Need to be better going forward. It was an own goal, but DC United finally scored after being shutout for close to 275 minutes. Last night was United’s 21st starting lineup in 22 games and while they have had success the Black and Red needs to find a consistent attacking formation. Fabian Espindola will be back from red card and he will be reunited with his old Real Salt Lake teammate once Costa Rica is done in the Gold Cup.