FC Dallas Top MLS Standings With Last-Minute Win


It’s a phrase I didn’t think I would find myself saying at any point this season. It’s a phrase that FC Dallas fans haven’t heard for quite some time. It’s a phrase that has a nice ring to it.

We’re top of the league! 

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That’s not just top of the Western Conference. FC Dallas, through 20 games of the 2015 season, sit in first place in all of MLS. While a few teams can catch FCD on points with their games in hand, it takes nothing away from the incredible run of form that the team has been on since their return from the worst road trip ever…I’m still bitter.

That run of form culminated in Saturday night’s epic matchup between FCD and DC United in Frisco. Top team in the Western Conference versus top team in the Eastern Conference. The billing was top notch, and the game didn’t disappoint.

The match was played at a tantalizing pace, and the score line could have been infinitely higher with the quality of chances that fell to both teams. Between shots that hit the crossbar and flurries of chances that went awry, this one was full of excitement from the opening whistle.

For a bit, it looked as if, against all odds, the game would end in a scoreless draw. It seemed too unfortunate of a night for both teams, and for the majority of the match, frustration at not being able to pick out the final ball abounded.

It’s almost fitting that the person to break such a deadlock would be Kellyn Acosta, FCD’s homegrown, U20 National Team member. Coming into Saturday night’s match, Acosta had never scored a goal for FC Dallas but was experiencing a revival in form. Over the past several games, Acosta has been the missing link in FCD’s midfield and his presence has been crucial to the team’s performances.

His perfectly timed goal Saturday night broke a deadlock that, prior to his goal, desperately needed breaking. However, as is the case with many games of that nature, another goal shortly followed by the bad guys. You got the feeling that, even though it wouldn’t be scoreless, the game would end in a draw, which suited DC more than FCD.

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  • This night wouldn’t go to script, however. How could it? Acosta scoring his first MLS goal had to mean that FCD was in for something special! And boy, were they.

    Like a thief in the night, Fabian Castillo, FCD’s member of the MLS All Star Game, came through with the clutchist goal of the season since Blas Perez’s opening night redirection. It was yet another chapter in what has been Castillo’s coming out story this season. We’re all anxious to see what he writes next.

    In case you’ve lost count, that’s four wins in a row for FC Dallas. Three of those have been shutouts, which left Dan Kennedy with MLS’ longest goalless streak this season! At this point in the season last year, FCD had only managed three shutouts. Call in better defense. Call it Kennedy’s veteran presence. Whatever you call it, it’s working.

    If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and FC Dallas did exactly that Saturday night. I’m going to say it again, because, well, I can. We’re top of the league!  

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