FCD overturns deficit to top 10-man Colorado
The home side overturned Jaime Castrillon’s opener thanks to three goals in
the span of eight minutes across both halves.
Fabian Castillo drew Dallas level in the 41st minute before Jair Benitez and
David Ferreira opened their scoring accounts in the 44th and 49th minutes,
Jeff Larentowicz pulled one back, but Castrillon’s red card with 19 minutes
left made it difficult for the visiting Rapids to conjure a late equalizer.
The result helps FC Dallas (6-11-8) improve to 26 points on the season, one
point better than the Rapids (8-15-1).
Colorado took a surprise lead when Castrillon slipped in front of his mark to
turn in a low cross from Brian Mullan in the 12th minute.
The Rapids appeared poised to take that one-goal advantage into halftime, but
Dallas stole the lead with two goals inside the final four first-half minutes.
Dallas got on level terms with four minutes left in the opening period as
Castillo capitalized on the acres of space afforded to him by the Colorado
defense, slamming a low shot past Matt Pickens from distance.
Benitez then handed Dallas the lead just before the break, catching Pickens
off-guard with a curling free kick in the 44th minute.
Dallas picked up in the second half right where it left off the first as
Ferreira handed the home side a third goal of the night.
The playmaker turned scorer in the 49th minute, collecting a low cross from
Castillo and slotting his shot past Pickens for his first goal of the year.
The Rapids answered quickly, getting back to within touching distance just six
minutes later when Larentowicz fired a low free kick off the post and past
Colorado’s hill became a mountain in the 71st minute when Castrillon was
issued a straight red card for lashing out at George John following a fracas.
The visitors were unable to complete the comeback, falling one goal short of
earning a point in a tough road environment.
FC Dallas returns to action on Wednesday with a trip to BC Place to face
Vancouver Whitecaps FC, while Colorado’s next encounter is a massive home
match against Chivas USA on August 18.
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