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.
Akindele also found the score sheet with his third career goal in the 90th minute, converting on a well-struck right-footed shot that beat Shuttleworth on the short side to make it 2-0.
New England (7-10-2, 23 points), which saw its losing streak run to seven games, finished with just one shot in the first half and none on goal.
Dallas (8-7-5, 26 points), is now unbeaten in seven games across all competitions. FCD has now beaten the Revolution three straight times and hasn’t lost to New England in Frisco since 2008.
Escobar made a bid for a brace in the 54th minute with a shot from inside the New England area, but once again Shuttleworth was there to play the role of spoiler, getting a hand on Escobar’s shot to send it over the crossbar for a corner kick.
Shuttleworth also came up big on an attempt by Akindele in the 62nd, sending his hard shot over the crossbar for a corner kick. The New England keeper also turned another strong bid to give FCD some breathing room in the 77th minute by rookie left back Moises Hernandez with another solid save to keep it a one-goal affair.
New England will look to return to the win column next Saturday against the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium.
FCD, on the other hand, returns to the field on Wednesday with a friendly against Aston Villa FC of the English Premier League. Dallas returns to league play on Sunday at Vancouver.