July 20, 2016
By Stephen Hunt
ON TO THE SEMIS
Castillo powers FC Dallas past Dynamo
Dallas Soccer News Contributor
HOUSTON -- FC Dallas is through to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday night, thanks to a goal in second-half stoppage time by Fabian Castillo.
|Fabian Castillo's stoppage-time goal lifted FC Dallas over Houston in Wednesday's Open Cup quarterfinal.
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After a chip over the Houston back line, Castillo received the ball near the top of the penalty area and then did what he does best – he turned on the afterburners. Castillo dashed through the left side and got a shot off at the near post, which Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis appeared to have covered.
However, Castillo’s shot deflected off Willis’ right foot and in for the game-winner, stunning the Dynamo crowd.
Dallas coach Oscar Pareja fielded a first 11 close to his usual group, including goalkeeper Chris Seitz, right back Atiba Harris, center back Walker Zimmerman, left back Maynor Figueroa, holding midfielders Carlos Gruezo and Kellyn Acosta, attacking mid Mauro Diaz, with Michael Barrios and Castillo providing speed on the flanks and Maxi Urruti up top.
Both teams generated shots, FCD with eight, four on frame; the Dynamo had 11, two on goal.
And this one looked like it would head to extra time, as did Dallas’ penalty kick win over USL affiliate Oklahoma City Energy FC last month. But Castillo had other ideas.
Dallas defeated Houston for the first time this year. The Dynamo blitzed FCD, 5-0, at BBVA in March and the sides tied, 1-1, in Frisco in early June, a match delayed nearly two hours by heavy rains.
FCD advances to the semifinals for the ninth time. Dallas is 3-5 in the semis, including a loss on penalties to the Philadelphia Union in 2004.
Dallas was scheduled to bus home after the game and do a recovery session with the starters in Frisco on Thursday. Following an early-morning training session Friday, FCD will fly to Colorado to face the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday.