FC Dallas are unbeaten at home in 2013 and are standing alone in first place in the Western conference (as of when I write this)!! Real Salt Lake traveled to Dallas without several of their key players who’re currently serving international duty. The game was pretty darn even most of the time with both teams constantly losing and stealing possession. In the end, Fabián Castillo’s speed and an unlucky mistake by Josh Saunders gave FC Dallas the 2-0 win and three awesome points.
There are a few topics I wanted to talk about. First up: Fabián Castillo. Now, we all know he’s ridiculously fast at full sprint. RSL’s Palmer definitely learned that one the hard way tonight as Castillo ran a bazillion laps up and down the field. He provided some incredible service in the attack opting to pass to Kenny Cooper or David Ferreira rather than take the shot himself. It was incredible how quickly he switched from attacking at full speed to running a full field dash to provide defensive work as well. Castillo’s goal was a beauty and he fully deserved a Man of the Match nod tonight.
Secondly, I’ve never seen so many impossible saves as the game provided tonight. Nat Borchers denied Dallas an opening goal after clearing a shot from Kenny Cooper on the goal line. Had Borchers been even an inch off, it would’ve been a goal. Cooper also should’ve put a bit more power into his shot, but Nat pulled an astounding save to keep the score level. Then in the second half, Matt Hedges decided he wanted some defensive glory as well! He managed to stop what would’ve been RSL’s first goal with his toes. I really don’t understand how he stretched so far but it was effective and I love him for it! On a not-so-spectacular-save note, Saunders made one mistake in front of goal and gifted Jackson with Dallas’s game winner.
And to round up my thoughts for the night, it is imperative that Dallas sharpen up in their finishing. By the halftime whistle, they should’ve been 2-0 up over RSL. David Ferreira shot inches wide of the net after some very nice build up by Castillo. I’m still scratching my head as to how he missed the goal. Time and time again Dallas produced fluid and unstoppable build up to the box then fizzed out. If they want to keep it up, their going to have to find that lethal touch. Next week, FC Dallas are on the road against New England Revolution. Can’t wait!
P.S. Can anybody explain why el Capitán is still in Houston?!
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