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FC Dallas savors its most impressive victory yet
by Paul Kennedy, August 23rd, 2014 2:31AM

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[MLS: Friday] FC Dallas is for real. It lost Panamanian Blas Perez to its league-high ninth red card of the season just before halftime, but that did not deter it from coming out in the second half and getting goals from Je-Vaughn Watson and Fabian Castillo. The result extended FCD's unbeaten streak to 10 games and moved it into a tie with Seattle and RSL atop the Western Conference standings and a four-way tie for the Supporters' Shield lead.

MLS WEEK 24, Results:
Friday, August 22

FC Dallas 2 Real Salt Lake 1.
DAL: Je-Vaughn Watson (Michel) 50
DAL: Fabian Castillo (Tesho Akindele, Michel) 75
RSL: Olmes Garcia (Sebastian Velasquez) 90+1
Red Card: DAL: Blas Perez 45
Att.: 17,622.

The temperatures in the low 90s at Frisco's Toyota Stadium matched the intensity on the field in a first half that saw four yellows and ended in the 45th minute with Perez being sent off for his second yellow card after Ismail Elfath cautioned him for embellishing a push by RSL defender Chris Schuler, who was cautioned on the play.

But it took FC Dallas only five minutes to open the scoring when Michel found Watson with a corner kick that the Jamaican chested into the goal.

Castillo showed why he may be the most dangerous player in MLS when he blew past the RSL defense and slotted a ball inside the far post to scored what proved to be the winner when another young Colombian, Olmes Garcia, pulled one back for RSL in stoppage time. Castillo's goal gave him four in his last four games since returning from suspension.

“He's committed," said Dallas coach Oscar Pareja. "He understands what it takes to get to the next level.  Now he's in a place where he has not been before and he is experiencing that. Now he's feeling it, and he understands that he will be the one to raise his own bar and keep going up. He's young. We forget that he's young -- he's just 22. But Fabian has embraced this program and this project and that's great. It's a long way to go, it's a long journey. He knows.”

“The heart of the fans and the people who were in the building -- it was laid on the field, and [the players] took it and performed that way," Pareja said. "Tonight we’re happy. We’re enjoying these points against a good rival with a lot of adversity.”

Pareja said the win was the most impressive of the season.

"We're enjoying these points against a good rival with a lot of adversities, which reflect what has happened during the year," he said.



MLS WEEK 24: Schedule:
Saturday, August 23

7 p.m. ET
New York vs. Montreal
Toronto FC vs. Chicago
7:30 p.m. ET
Columbus vs. Houston
New England vs. Chivas USA
8:30 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. D.C. United
10:30 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver
Sunday, August 24
5 p.m. ET

Portland vs. Seattle, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
8 p.m. ET
Philadelphia vs. San Jose, UDN.

MLS WEEK 24: Results:
Wednesday, August 20
Colorado 3 LA Galaxy 4.
COL: Marlon Hairston 14
COL: Edson Buddle (Dillon Powers) 17
LA: Robbie Keane (Dan Gargan) 20
COL: Marc Burch 30
LA: Omar Gonzalez (Landon Donovan) 55
LA: Alan Gordon (Omar Gonzalez) 68
LA: Landon Donovan (Robbie Keane) 80
Att.: 14,011.

Seattle 1 San Jose 1.
SEA: Chad Barrett (Obafemi Martins) 46
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Cordell Cato) 65
Att.: 38,909.



MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
42 Sporting KC 12-6-6 36/23
40 D.C. United 12-7-4 36/26
32 Toronto FC 9-8-5 33/34
30 Columbus
7-8-9 32/32
28 New York 6-7-10 35/34
---------------------------------------
27 New England 8-12-3 30/36
27 Philadelphia 6-9-9 36/39
25 Houston 7-12-4 25/42
25 Chicago
4-6-13 29/35
17 Montreal 4-14-5 23/41

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
42 Seattle 13-7-3 39/31
42 FC Dallas 12-7-6 45/33
42 Real Salt Lake
11-5-9 39/30
37 LA Galaxy 10-5-7 39/26
33 Vancouver 7-4-12 33/29
-----------------------------------------
30 Colorado 8-11-6 37/39
30 Portland 7-7-10 39/39
25 San Jose 6-9-7 26/28
24 Chivas USA 6-11-6 21/36
------------------------------------------------
MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
18 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
16 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
14 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
13 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
11 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
11 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
10 Will Bruin, Houston
10 Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy
10 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia
9 Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
9 Federico Higuain, Columbus
9 Clint Dempsey
, Seattle
9 Chris Wondolowski, San Jose

MLS WEEK 25: Schedule:
Wednesday, August 27

10:30 p.m. ET

LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United
Friday, August 29
8 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. Houston, NBCSN
Saturday, August 30
4 p.m. ET
Seattle vs. Colorado
5 p.m. ET
Toronto FC vs. New England
7:30 p.m. ET
Montreal vs. Columbus
8:30 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. FC Dallas
10:30 p.m. ET
San Jose vs. Real Salt Lake
Vancouver vs. Portland
Sunday, August 31
2:30 p.m. ET
D.C. United vs. New York, NBCSN
8 p.m. ET
Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy, UDN



1 comment
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: August 23, 2014 at 11 a.m.
    FC Dallas played smart while RSL showed no instinctive movement off the ball, their pace was too slow and lacked efficacy. Two points of contention; first, the referee was out to lunch and needs to be re-examined about his knowledge of the laws of the game. Second, the TV commentary by Stuart Holden and his side-kick was a dog and pony show routine of no substance and no assertive commentary of any value. Looks the SNBC has added another soccer player to a stable of vocal mediocrity.


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