The New England Revolution may have entered this match riding high on confidence, but after 45 minutes of the Fabian Castillo show, the Revs are probably feeling lucky that FC Dallas isn't leading at the break. The Colombian youth international has been eating Florian Lechner for lunch on the right flank, and his blazing speed has caused fits throughout the New England defense.
The Revs' best chances have come from range, with Kelyn Rowe testing Kevin Hartman twice, and Shalrie Joseph uncorking a rare blast from 35 yards out that flashed wide of the post. Dallas, on the other hand, has gone close several times. Blas Perez squandered a wonderful chance when he shot high and wide after Castillo set him up from the byline. Perez later turned provider for Castillo when some good dribbling and interplay freed Castillo in the box, but he shot wide of the far post.
Brek Shea also forced an excellent reaction save from Matt Reis when he took the ball into the box from the left and drilled a low shot. The ball looked destined for net, but couldn't beat Reis's left leg.