Goals from Kellyn Acosta and Fabian Castillo secured all three points for FC Dallas on Saturday evening as they beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 at Toyota Stadium. The victory came in the club’s first home MLS match since June 3rd, and returned FC Dallas to winning ways following a 2-0 defeat last Sunday in Kansas City.
Conditions were hot and humid at kickoff, as FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake met for the first time in the 2016 season.
The home side were in the lead within the game’s first 20 minutes, as Acosta scored the easiest of goals in the 18th minute. Following a foul on Mauro Diaz in midfield, FC Dallas took the ensuing free kick quickly, with Diaz playing a simple ball to Michael Barrios up the middle of the RSL defense.
Barrios was able to draw goalkeeper Jeff Attinella in before passing to Acosta, who had the entirety of the net to aim at.
Forward Maxi Urruti nearly made it 2-0 to FCD just minutes later, but his drive from the middle of the penalty box was blocked just over the top of the goal by RSL defender Phanuel Kavita.
RSL offered very little going forward in the match and failed to register a shot on target over the 90 minutes, although a long range strike from Omar Holness had goalkeeper Chris Seitz at full stretch in the first half.
The game’s signature moment arrived in the 58th minute courtesy of a wonderful Diaz-Castillo combination that led to FC Dallas doubling their lead. Off a Carlos Gruezo header, Diaz acrobatically bicycle-kicked a through ball to Castillo, who took it in stride before cutting inside and curling a strike past Attinella.
The goal was Castillo’s fourth of the season and comes amid rumors of a potential move to Turkey for the star attacker.
Substitute Tesho Akindele entered the match for Urruti in the 70th minute and was nearly able to claim a goal for himself, but his header off an Atiba Harris cross was pushed over the bar by Attinella.
FC Dallas now sit on 31 points following the win, as they remain in second place in the MLS Western Conference, one point behind the Colorado Rapids.
The Rapids are the next opponent for FC Dallas, although the match comes in the Round of 16 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium.