The Houston Dynamo again crashed out of the US Open Cup, as usual, in a 3-2 overtime loss to FC Dallas on Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. While this time the Dynamo played significantly better than the last few games, especially on the offensive side, the Dynamo could not cope with either FC Dallas’s killer speed or their own defensive weaknesses.
FC Dallas’s Fabian Castillo ran circles around the Dynamo defense, especially around Warren Creavalle who played at left back and had a brutal night. Castillo scored a goal and assisted on another, and just totally destroyed the seemingly slow
At least the Dynamo competed, had the work rate and initiative, and on two occasions responded to
What doomed the Dynamo was all the key defensive breakdowns. Castillo gave
On the second
Cummings tied it up with the play of the night for the Dynamo on an individual run off a turnover near midfield. His finish was perfect against a defenseless Chris Seitz.
Both teams had chances to end the game in regulation, and Hall kept the Dynamo alive with a monumental flying save off a long-range bender by Moises Hernandez. Neither team was able to get a goal and the game ended regulation time tied 2-2. The game went into over time which consisted of two fifteen minute periods without a golden goal rule.
Both teams looked exhausted as they played late into the night as the heat and humidity took its toll. In overtime, however, another defensive error allowed Akindele to finish off the
In the end, the Houston Dynamo did play well at times but the speed and quickness of
FC Dallas: Chris Seitz; Moises Hernandez, Stephen Keel, Tesho Akindele, Zach Loyd; Victor Ulloa, Adam Moffat(Andrew Jacobson 67), Andres Escobar (Jair Benitez 97), Je-Vaughn Watson; Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez (Peter Luccin 83)
FC Dallas: Fabian Castillo (Je-Vaughn Watson) 35