Big D Soccer Man of the Match: Fabian Castillo

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The speedy Colombian was a threat all night.

It's funny how things can change in just a few days.

Wednesday night, a lot of the FC Dallas faithful were after LM Fabian Castillo's throat, but after Saturday night's 2-1 loss to the 10-man San Jose Earthquakes, I'm starting to think that this problem with scoring of late doesn't all fall on the young Columbian's shoulders.

Castillo gets my MotM nod because he was the man who gave the team the best chance to win. Yes, Michel had our lone goal and a fourth of the team's 20 shots, but a high volume doesn't always lead to high quality.

Two of Fabian's three shots were on goal, something that he's struggled mightily with this year. I can clearly remember two balls that Castillo served in from the left side that should have been goals. One was a chipped ball towards the upper portion of the back post but no one could get a head on it in time. The second was a low cross sent in front of the goal that Perez was late to and couldn't get a toe on it.

Both of Castillo's SOGs were accurate and required a nice effort from Jon Busch to save. Castillo's first shot came on a great through ball into the 18 from Blas and Castillo went near-post on it, when the far side of the net was open. Although this was a questionable placement of the kick, Castillo was alone in the attack and didn't have many options.

I would like to see Oscar Pareja implement another attacker with speed so that hopefully instead of forcing a wide shot, that ball can be sent back in front of the box and someone can be there to knock it home.

Castillo was a little sloppy on the ball, but in his defense, the entire offense was ran through that left side of the field, which made our attacks very predictable. It will be nice to have JeVaughn back and allow our offense to have a little more balance to it.

Hendry Thomas played another solid game and I think he is beginning to hit his stride, so nice work by him, I'm just waiting for the rest of the team to follow suit.

It's interesting to me that in the team's last three games, Dallas played the best when down a man against the Red Bulls. This team needs to find balance and the courage to go forward confidently. I think a 4-4-2 might help that, putting speed alongside Blas might be a nice change of pace, no pun intended.

Let's hope a trip home against Chivas can get this team on the right track and give them a much-needed boost of confidence.

What were your thoughts on the match? On my MotM selection? Vote and comment below. DTID!

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