FRISCO, Texas — Fabián Castillo set up Brek Shea for a goal and added a strike of his own as FC Dallas defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Saturday night at Pizza Hut Park to run their unbeaten streak to five matches.
Left-sided midfielder Shea, fresh off a contract extension that will keep him in Dallas through 2015, continued his stellar play of late and found himself on the end of a penetrating Castillo run at the half-hour mark.
After shaking Union defender Jordan Harvey, Castillo sent a grounded cross to a waiting Shea who tapped in past a helpless Faryd Mondragón for a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute.
The Union outside backs had difficulty containing the speed of FC Dallas flank play and, in the 43rd minute, they were exposed once more.
Brazilian Jackson Gonçalves darted down the right sideline at the Union defense and floated a cross to Castillo in between defender Danny Califf and Carlos Valdés. Castillo had no problem with the header, flicking it by Mondragón for a 2-0 lead.
The goal by the 18-year-old Castillo marked the first time this season that Philadelphia have conceded two goals in a match.
At halftime, Philadelphia manager Peter Nowak inserted former FC Dallas striker Carlos Ruiz to give Philadelphia a three-headed attack, but they were unable to generate any real scoring chances.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made an easy save on a 72nd-minute shot from distance by Danny Mwanga — who started in place of Ruiz — as the Union struggled to threaten.
With the shutout, the FC Dallas defense hasn’t allowed a goal in 309 minutes, the second-longest streak of the year behind the Columbus Crew, who held a streak of 414 minutes without conceding a goal.
In the process, FCD extended their unbeaten streak to five games — including four wins — and stretched Philadelphia’s winless spell to three.
FC Dallas next have a Western Conference showdown with Real Salt Lake on May 22 at Pizza Hut Park while Philadelphia return to PPL Park to play host to the Chicago Fire on May 21.
DAL -- Brek Shea 3 (Fabian Castillo 2) 29
DAL -- Fabian Castillo 2 (Jackson Goncalves 2, Marvin Chavez 3) 43
PHI -- Danny Mwanga (caution; Reckless Tackle) 10
PHI -- Brian Carroll (caution; Reckless Tackle) 34
Philadelphia Union -- Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon
Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Jordan Harvey, Roger Torres (Keon
Daniel 73), Justin Mapp (Carlos Ruiz 46), Amobi Okugo, Brian Carroll
(Jack McInerney 46), Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga.
Substitutes Not Used: Gabriel Farfan, Michael Farfan, Kyle Nakazawa, Zac MacMath.
FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Jackson Goncalves, George John, Daniel Hernandez, Ugo Ihemelu, Zach Loyd, Marvin Chavez, Eric Alexander (Bruno Guarda 89), Andrew Jacobson (Bobby Warshaw 83), Brek Shea, Fabian Castillo (Ruben Luna 67).
Substitutes Not Used: Eric Avila, Moises Hernandez, Bryan Leyva, Chris Seitz.
Referee: Jasen Anno
Referee's Assistants: Chris Strickland; Frank Anderson
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Clear and 70 degrees