Andrés Escobar makes FC Dallas debut in win

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Behind two assists and a goal from Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas defeated NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 6-1, last night at IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla.

Fort Lauderdale got on the board first in the eighth minute when Aly Alberto Hassan found a pocket of space in-behind the FC Dallas defense. Fort Lauderdale’s Carlos Salazar played a ball in to the feet of Hassan and the forward knocked a hard shot beyond the reach of FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz and into the back of the net.

FC Dallas quickly evened the score nine minutes later when Fabian Castillo streaked up the left flank, around a defender, tip-toed down the end line and centered a pass for Blas Perez with the goal at his mercy. The Panamanian striker didn’t disappoint, hammering a hard shot high into the top right side of the net to tie the game 1-1 and score his fourth goal in the last two preseason games.

Just as on Wednesday, FC Dallas scored twice in short succession when Je-Vaughn Watson switched the point of attack from left to right in the 19th minute. Michel was there to receive the long pass, bringing the ball down with his right foot before slipping a pass inside to Castillo with his left. The young Colombian struck the ball hard with his first touch, beating Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Lionel Brown to make it 2-1.

Castillo continued to dominate on the left flank, burning past another defender in the 31st minute before crossing a cheeky lofted ball to the back post. Right back Kellyn Acosta came forward from his defensive position and rose above his marker to nod home Dallas’ third goal of the half.

Perez picked up his second goal of the game just before halftime to make it 4-1 in favor of the MLS side. Je-Vaughn Watson set up the goal with a low, hard cross that beat Strikers’ goalkeeper Lionel Brown and enabled Perez to knock a simple pass into the back of the net.

Dallas equaled its goal output from Wednesday night’s 5-1 win against the University of South Florida in the 57th minute when Andrew Jacobson chipped a short through-ball to Watson. The Jamaican caught the ball on his chest on his way through a pair of Strikers’ defenders and sped to the loose ball inside the area. Watson was a step quicker to the ball then Brown, and slipped a low shot into the right corner of the goal to extend Dallas’ lead.

New 22-year-old Colombian signing Andres Escobar made his FC Dallas debut in the 64th minute, when he came on for Acosta while Richard Sanchez made his mark on the game with a diving save on a free kick taken by Fort Lauderdale’s Manny Gonzalez in the 70th minute.

Fort Lauderdale got on the board first in the eighth minute when Aly Alberto Hassan found a pocket of space in-behind the FC Dallas defense. Fort Lauderdale’s Carlos Salazar played a ball in to the feet of Hassan and the forward knocked a hard shot beyond the reach of FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz and into the back of the net.

FC Dallas quickly evened the score nine minutes later when Fabian Castillo streaked up the left flank, around a defender, tip-toed down the end line and centered a pass for Blas Perez with the goal at his mercy. The Panamanian striker didn’t disappoint, hammering a hard shot high into the top right side of the net to tie the game 1-1 and score his fourth goal in the last two preseason games.

Just as on Wednesday, FC Dallas scored twice in short succession when Je-Vaughn Watson switched the point of attack from left to right in the 19th minute. Michel was there to receive the long pass, bringing the ball down with his right foot before slipping a pass inside to Castillo with his left. The young Colombian struck the ball hard with his first touch, beating Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Lionel Brown to make it 2-1.

Castillo continued to dominate on the left flank, burning past another defender in the 31st minute before crossing a cheeky lofted ball to the back post. Right back Kellyn Acosta came forward from his defensive position and rose above his marker to nod home Dallas’ third goal of the half.

Perez picked up his second goal of the game just before halftime to make it 4-1 in favor of the MLS side. Je-Vaughn Watson set up the goal with a low, hard cross that beat Strikers’ goalkeeper Lionel Brown and enabled Perez to knock a simple pass into the back of the net.

Dallas equaled its goal output from Wednesday night’s 5-1 win against the University of South Florida in the 57th minute when Andrew Jacobson chipped a short through-ball to Watson. The Jamaican caught the ball on his chest on his way through a pair of Strikers’ defenders and sped to the loose ball inside the area. Watson was a step quicker to the ball then Brown, and slipped a low shot into the right corner of the goal to extend Dallas’ lead.

New 22-year-old Colombian signing Andres Escobar made his FC Dallas debut in the 64th minute, when he came on for Acosta while Richard Sanchez made his mark on the game with a diving save on a free kick taken by Fort Lauderdale’s Manny Gonzalez in the 70th minute.