It's Derby Day! The only scheduled meeting between the Dynamo and FC Dallas is tonight in Houston and in all likely hood this will decide to gets to keep El Capitan next season. Plus that little thing called bragging rights.
ESPN2 - 6:30 p.m. (Comcast: SD = 34 HD = 634; AT&T U-Verse: SD= 606 HD=1606; DirecTV: 206; Dish Network: 144)
La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio)
SportsTalk 790 (ENG Radio)
Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Brian Dunn; 4th: Mark Kadlecik
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Kofi Sarkodie (R foot sprain); DF Alex Dixon (concussion); QUESTIONABLE: GK Erich Marscheider (R shoulder sprain)
FC DALLAS - OUT: MF David Ferreira (R foot surgery); MF Bobby Warshaw (R foot fracture); DF Ugo Ihemelu (concussion symptoms); MF Brek Shea (L foot contusion); QUESTIONABLE: DF Hernan Pertuz (R ankle sprain); MF Ricardo Villar (R foot strain); DF Alex Lee (lower abdominal strain); DF George John (concussion symptoms); PROBABLE: DF Jair Benitez (L knee/ankle sprain)
ALL-TIME (18 meetings): Dynamo 8 wins, 26 goals ... FC Dallas 3 wins, 18 goals ... Ties 7
AT HOUSTON (9 meetings): Dynamo 5 wins, 15 goals ... FC Dallas 1 win, 11 goals ... Ties 3
LAST YEAR (MLS):
5/28: HOU 2, DAL 2 (Weaver 42; Clark 87 - Jacobson 27; Ihemelu 70)
9/24: DAL 0, HOU 1 (Cameron 87)
- This is the only league meeting between the clubs this season.
- FC Dallas has won once all-time in Houston in 11 meetings in all competitions, a 1-0 victory at Robertson Stadium on May 5, 2010.
- After going nearly three years and nine games without a win against their in-state rivals, FC Dallas have won two of the last five meetings between the teams, with two draws. A four-game unbeaten streak for FCD in the series was ended in the final meeting last year.
- The clubs play for "El Capitán", the 19th-century Mountain Howitzer cannon to be awarded to the winner of the season series by supporters groups for both clubs.
- Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. DAL: P26 W11 L4 D11 ... Schellas Hyndman vs. HOU: P8 W2 L3 D3
Dynamo Starting XI & Bench:
FC Dallas Starting XI:
Kevin Hartman; Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, Hernan Pertuz, Jair Benitez; Daniel Hernandez, Jackson, Fabian Castillo, Andrew Jacobson, Bryan Leyva; Scott Sealy