FRISCO, Tex. -- FC Dallas scored their fastest goal in franchise history with Fabian Castillo putting one home just 29 seconds into Saturday’s match against Toronto FC. Nearly five-and-a-half hours later, they also earned the win.
In a game delayed 206 minutes due to the weather, FC Dallas (4-2-1) rode a first-half brace from Castillo to a 3-2 victory over Toronto FC at Toyota Stadium, withstanding a late rally from the visitors to snap a two-game losing streak.
Sebastian Giovinco scored two dazzling goals in the second half for Toronto (1-4-0), who have lost four straight.
The fireworks got started early with Castillo scoring in the first minute of the game with Moises Hernandez getting the assist with a perfect pass.
Castillo scored his second just nine minutes later as Blaz Perez found Castillo with a through ball and the speedy winger delivered.
In the 27th minute, Perez then took advantage of a Toronto turnover to score one of his own, beating Joe Bendik after defenders Damien Perquis and Justin Morrow collided into each other.
The three goals marked the most Dallas scored in the first half since September of 2008.
Before the game reached halftime, though, it was delayed in the 42nd minute because of a lightning strike. When the game finally resumed at 11:42 central time – after many failed efforts – the teams finished out the final three minutes of the first half before going back into the locker room for the normal halftime break.
Both teams struggled to get much going in the second half, which began on Sunday morning, as Dallas sat back and played defense. Toronto pressed for a chance to get on the scoreboard in the 55th minute, but Dallas center back Matt Hedges cleared a chance off the line.
Toronto finally broke through in the 83rd minute when Giovinco made an incredible play to keep possession by the end line before beating Chris Seitz with a clever tough-angle chip.
Giovinco, who nearly scored another just three minutes later with a shot that went just wide, then made it 3-2 in the 89th minute with a smartly taken free kick from just outside the box.
But the visitors didn’t have enough time to find the equalizer.
FC Dallas returns to action Friday against Colorado. Toronto finishes up their road trip next week with a Sunday game against Orlando.