It’s not the first time it’s happened this season, a stoppage time goal decided a game involving the Black-and-Red. Fabian Castillo came through for FC Dallas at home, putting a ball past Andrew Dykstra by really just being in the right place at the perfect time. Victor Ulloa fired a shot that was blocked by United defender Taylor Kemp, unfortunately for Kemp and United, the ball wasn’t cleared, it merely rolled to the feet of Castillo. FC Dallas 2-1 victory put them in first place in the west and have them tied with D.C. for a league high 35 points, while have playing two less games than D.C.
While Dallas seized control of the game early, United’s stout defense allowed them to keep points off the board. The home team had the visitors on their heels, taking shots early and often as they out-shot United 26-6 in the contest.. Dykstra came up big for D.C. over and over, making six timely saves that could have easily resulted in goals. The Dallas midfield used their speed to open up the visitor’s backline.
United’s backline did a very good job sacrificing their bodies, blocking six shots on the night. Taylor Kemp did a good job getting forward and using that special left foot of his to provide service into the box. The grizzled vet even got in on the attack a couple of times, Bobby Boswell made a couple of nice runs in the attacking third.
The first goal of the night was scored by FC Dallas youngster Kellyn Acosta, once a fullback, he’s found his home on the wing as a midfielder this season. In the 73rd minute of the game, after a period of sustained pressure in United’s box, Dallas took the lead. David Texiera got the ball on the left touchline and played a dangerous ball in front of the net, Acosta made a great run, with Perry Kitchen on his hip. The speed of Acosta allowed him to gain enough separation to get to the near post and tap the ball in before Dykstra could get to it.
United didn’t let a lot of time pass before responding, Kemp got the ball out wide and placed a beautiful curling ball along the front of the goal. Jairo Arrieta was racing to get a foot on the ball, but Matt Hedges knocked it in during his pursuit of Arrieta. Similar to Acosta, Jairo made a very good run trying to chase down that curling ball from Kemp. No matter who knocked it in, it was the equalizer.
Both teams would continue to fight from there on, each of them creating a couple of chances. Miguel Aguilar had a great chance late in the game, but couldn’t convert. United would get a couple of corners, but none resulted in chances like Aguilar’s. Facundo Coria had a nice run down the middle of the field, but his last touch was a bit much and he got dispossessed.
Dallas would take full advantage of that as they countered immediately, that is when Castillo got the game deciding goal.
United will get another week off before hosting the Philadelphia Union Sunday at RFK, maybe then everyone will get to see Fabian Espindola and Alverado Saboro play up front together for the very first time since the trade last week. They certainly were missed against Dallas.