By Clay Massey
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas (7-7-5) played host to the New England Revolution (7-9-2) who had lost seven straight league matches and who were coming off a 5-1 thumping at the hands of the LA Galaxy. The Revs came out in 4-1-4-1 with Charlie Davis up top, and FC Dallas set-up with a 4-4-2 which has held solid for them. Tesho Akindele and Blas Perez made up the strike force.
Andres Escobar was crucial on the left wing in setting up chances and just being a plain headache for the Revolution. FC Dallas had chances in the first half with Escobar and Blas Perez both coming close with drives and a shot hitting the woodwork for Akindele, but it was Escobar who used his pace and a nice step-over to push it past Shuttleworth to make it 1-0 to FC Dallas.
FC Dallas always looked to be the dominant team even with New England holding more possession overall (55.9%), but in the second half FC Dallas really showed they were the dominant team. Mauro Diaz made an appearance in the 74’ minute when he subbed on for Je-Vaughn Watson. Raul Fernandez made his three saves he needed to, and Bobby Shuttleworth made seven saves, two of which were world class, but he never got the help he needed from his offense. FC Dallas hit hard on the counter a minute into stoppage time and Tesho Akindele finally made it 2-0 with a shot that tipped off of Shuttleworth’s fingers and in.
FC Dallas moves to five unbeaten and 8-7-5 on the season, and New England drop their eighth straight league match and drop to 7-10-2 on the season. Andres Escobar was awarded Man of The Match. FC Dallas play host the the Premier League side Aston Villa on Wednesday in a friendly, and the Revs return to Gillette Stadium to host the Columbus Crew.