FRISCO – FC Dallas wasn’t great for 90 minutes on Saturday night, but they didn’t have to be. Some heroics in goal from Kevin Hartman and a ten-minute offensive outburst spurred FCD on to a 3-2 win over Colorado that pulls them into a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference. Here are the three plays that decided this action-packed game
1) FC Dallas stuttered out of the gates early and the Rapids took full advantage. Already up 1-0, Colorado broke on a counter attack in the 31st minute that found Omar Cummings with the ball and unmarked in front of goal. The Jamaican looked sure to score, but out of nowhere came Kevin Hartman - who earned his nickname of “El Gato” - with a sprawling double save on Cummings that kept the deficit at one goal. FCD players credited this as the moment that got their team into gear on Saturday night.
2) Just minutes after Hartman’s save, Dallas found themselves level on the scoreboard. Colombian Fabian Castillo has been a thorn in the side of Colorado all season and he scored against them for the second straight game in the 41st minute. Julian de Guzman found Castillo with room to operate at the top of the box and the Colombian shifted the ball onto his right foot, firing a shot that beat Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens low to his right corner. De Guzman’s assist on the play was his first with FC Dallas and he would add another one later in the match.
3) Dallas took the lead through a play that after the game Schellas Hyndman said David Beckham would be proud of. Just minutes after the goal, Castillo was fouled by Drew Moor 30 yards from goal and FCD left back Jair Benitez stood over the ball. The Colombian had not scored in 86 previous matches for Dallas, but you wouldn’t have guessed that by the way Benitez blasted the ball over the wall and past Pickens to give FC Dallas the lead.