FRISCO, TX- It was Rivalry weekend in Major League Soccer, and the Texas Derby did not disappoint for fans in North Texas . FC Dallas hosted Houston Dynamo and truly showed them who the better Texan team is.
FC Dallas last met Houston Dynamo on May 4th where FC Dallas came up short losing 2-1. FC Dallas was determined to turn that score around in this weekend’s game. Sure enough, FC Dallas wanted goals and they got more than enough.
The atmosphere was amazing with many fans rooting for their team from both sides. FCD coach Luchi Gonzalez put together a strong lineup that got the job done, which included starting Zdeněk Ondrášek. Lining him up with Michael Barrios and Dominique Badji was a strong forward line that the Dynamo defense had trouble holding back throughout the game.
The scoring started for FC Dallas when Jose Bizama conceded a foul in the penalty box against Dominique Badji. The Swiss Reto Ziegler would make no mistake and sent the ball past the Dynamo goalkeeper. Minutes later, Jesus Ferreira would take matters into his own hands by carrying the ball from the middle of the field up to the inner box to shoot freely to increase the lead for FC Dallas. The first half would end in a positive note for the home side as they saw themselves ahead by a two-goal margin.
In the second half, things would pick up favorably for the home side as their lead got even bigger. After a great cross from Ryan Hollingshead, Zdeněk Ondrášek would make no mistake to put the ball in the back of the net for his second goal of the season. Just like in the first half minutes later, a good cross from Dominque Badji would set up Zdeněk Ondrášek for him to beat the defender and tap the ball in to make the lead 4-0 against Dynamo.
Later in the second half, Mauro Manotas sent a good cross across the penalty box for Memo Rodriguez to pull one back late in the game for Houston. In the final minutes, some confusion in the penalty box and sloppy defending saw Michael Barrios gain the ball in between at least four defenders to score the fifth FCD goal of the night and his third of the season, his first since March. The match ended well in favor for the home side after beating their state rivals 5-1.
FC Dallas clearly dominated Houston Dynamo in possession, set play-pieces, and of course goals. Luchi’s side privided good things to talk about in this game. With the Texas Derby now in the past, FCD must turn their focus to hosting GV Cincinnati in its first ever trip to Frisco. It’ll be a special game to see some previous FC Dallas players such as Roland Lamah and Victor Ulloa.
FC Dallas now sits in seventh place of the Western Conference, three points ahead of Portland Timbers. With six games left in the season, there is no room for error in the upcoming matches. If they want to be in the MLS Playoffs, there is no room to drop any points of what is left in the season. Saturday’s home game against the cellar-dwelling Cincinnati will be an absolute must win.
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