By COLE KELLOGG
The South American connection was once again at the heart of a spectacular FC Dallas performance on Saturday, as the team thoroughly outplayed the New England Revolution for the entirety of the match.
FC Dallas won its second match in a row on Saturday with a decisive 3-0 victory over the Revolution at home in Frisco, Texas.
Mauro Diaz kicked off the rout in the ninth minute when he struck a low, driven free kick under the wall to shock the Revolution. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth had no chance to stop the Diaz strike.
It was a comedy of errors in front of the Revolution goal in 63rd minute leading up to FC Dallas’ second goal goal. Diaz turned provider here, as he intercepted from Jose Goncalves and drove down the right side of the field before delivering a low cross into the box. Fabian Castillo made contact for an initial shot that Shuttleworth saved, but the bouncing ball rebounded off of Kevin Alston and back into Castillo’s path. The dynamic midfielder didn’t miss twice, and he volleyed the ball home for the 2-0 lead.
The Texans finished off the result nine minutes later, when Michael Barrios poked home the third goal of the night. No surprises here as Castillo on the lefthand side of the field found Diaz, who dribbled to the top of the box and dished it off for Barrios to pick up.
Castillo has now scored in each of his last three MLS appearances.
With the win, FC Dallas moved into a playoff position in the Western Conference with 26 points from 17 games played. The Revolution are hanging onto third place in the East by a thread, as Toronto, the Red Bulls, and Orlando all sit just a point below with several games in hand.
The Revolution will travel Harrison, New Jersey to play the Red Bulls on July 11. FC Dallas has a bye next week, but will host D.C. United on Saturday, July 18.