FC Dallas playmaker Fabian Castillo took advantage of a mistake by New England Revolution center back Sambinha — who was making his first MLS start — to score the go-ahead 70th-minute goal and help the visitors come back a 4-2 win in front of 23,472 at Gillette Stadium.
The 23-year-old Sambinha, who is in New England on loan from Sporting CP’s B-team, whiffed on a clearance attempt in the box and Castillo was there to capitalize.
Later on, in the 90th minute, Tesho Akindele completed a brace and Kellyn Acosta picked up his second assist of the game on a nicely-weighted through pass into the box for Akindele to poke in.
Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth dug the hosts into an early hole after clipping Barrios’ right leg at the edge of the box in the second minute.
Akindele converted the resulting penalty kick to make it 1-0, but the visitors came out worse for the wear after Barrios had to be stretchered off later in the eighth minute.
The Revs took the lead over a three-minute span later in the first half, largely thanks to Lee Nguyen.
Juan Agudelo tied it up in the 23rd minute on a set play header in the box off a free kick by Nguyen, and then three minutes later Nguyen — who wearing the captain’s arm band on Saturday in the absence of Jose Goncalves — drew and converted a penalty kick to make it 2-1 Revs.
FC Dallas drew it back to 2-2 in the 36th minute on a left side corner by Acosta that Atiba Harris latched onto to head in by the near post.
The win sends FC Dallas (8-4-2, 26 points) back to the top of the Western Conference standings pending the result of Colorado’s game against Seattle. The Rapids entered the day with 24 points.
Meanwhile, the Revolution fell to 2-4-7 after winning Kei Kamara’s debut game last weekend against the Chicago Fire. The Revs face another tough Western Conference foe ahead next Saturday night in the Sounders as they finish out a three-game home stand.
FC Dallas will play on the road next Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes.
MAN OF THE MATCH
With two goals and a game-high three shots on goal, Tesho Akindele factored in the most into the win, although one goal was a PK and the other was a poor effort by the Revs back line. Acosta also had a nice game, while Nguyen also likely played his best game of the season in the losing effort.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
It was anyone’s game until Sambinha gave the ball to Castillo in the 70th minute. Castillo’s cool goal, cheating it down and then beating Shuttleworth with a side-footed shot, really turned the game back in FC Dallas’ favor and showed which team had more quality.
MATCH TO FORGET
Another game, another performance where goalie Bobby Shuttleworth didn’t do enough to help the Revs win. Shuttleworth couldn’t do much on Akindele’s penalty, but he was the one to give it up. He also got a hand on Harris’ header, but couldn’t parry it away. Shuttleworth finished with three saves and four goals allowed.