FRISCO, Texas---With pacey Colombian flank midfielder Fabian Castillo out for one more game on suspension, FC Dallas needed someone else to step up. And on Saturday night against the New England Revolution, it was fellow countryman Andres Escobar who was front and center, scoring the game-winner in a 2-0 victory at Toyota Stadium.
Escobar’s goal, his second of the season, came in the 29th minute when he sent a right-footed shot into the back of the New England net from the left edge of the six-yard box. Escobar, who had a shot from distance denied by Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the 19th minute turned away, gained possession near the left edge of the area before finishing with a shot that deflected in off New England’s Andrew Farrell.
FCD rookie striker Tesho Akindele had started the sequence with a blistering shot from the left flank in the 28th minute, a rocket that found the crossbar. And after the ball bounced around for what seemed like an eternity, the opportunistic Escobar gained possession and capitalized in a big way.