For 11 games now, Fabian Castillo has taken the league by storm and as a result, FC Dallas have shot up the league table. The team is now in a tie (which they hold the tiebreaker to) with Real Salt Lake for second place in the western conference after the short-handed team beat Nick Rimando & co. Friday night.
Castillo once again scored a dazzling goal in the 2-1 victory, with all the goals coming after Blas Perez’s first-half red card for embellishment. 5 minutes into the second half, JeVaughn Watson knocked a corner kick in off of his chest to draw first blood.
Castillo scored what would be the game-winning goal as the raced down the right sideline and sliced a shot past diving Rimando to give the Hoops a 2-0 lead with only 15 minutes left in regular time.
Again, we saw a new Fabian that looked confident during his entire run and I know I sensed he would not be denied goal, even against arguably the best keeper in MLS. Castillo drove his shot across the face of goal and into the far corner.
During Castillo's run of at least a goal or an assist in 11 straight matches, we've seen him react to every situation he's in.
For two straight games, Castillo has gotten the best of seasoned defenders in San Jose's Victor Bernárdez and RSL's Nat Borchers. Castillo obviously is not as physically strong as these guys, but somehow he used his speed and elusiveness to work his way around them and ultimately get the best of them.
What we've seen from the team this year is not a massive amount of shots, but more quality shots, even if that means registering in the single-digits often. For the year, FC Dallas is 13th in shots taken, but lead the league in goals scored. The team is scoring on 15% of it's shots and 40% on their shots on goal. That's an insane number, and I believe that Castillo's more disciplined style of play has really helped that number increase.
The team will continue a tough stretch as the season winds down and the games continue to add more pressure, but hopefully three points are in reach this weekend in Chicago. Look for Castillo to have continued success against a Chicago back line that has struggled to stop its opponents this season.