Allowing four goals in two games is bad but it can't get much worse when it happens against one of your rivals.
Houston Dynamo lost 4-1 to Texas Derby rivals FC Dallas Friday night to allow back-to-back four goal games for the first time in franchise history after the 4-4 draw against Sporting Kansas City last Saturday. Even worse, both happened at home.
Houston has now lost five straight to FC Dallas, including two U.S. Open Cup matches in the last two years, to a combined score of 17-6.
FC Dallas' counter attack -- usually involving the crafty Colombian Fabian Castillo -- caused Houston several problems and led to at least three of the visitors' goals.
The Hoops opened their scoring tab nine minutes in on a counter-attack chance. Je'Vaughn Watson recovered the ball in Houston's attacking territory and kicked it through to Fabian Castillo in the middle of the field. Castillo back-heel flipped the ball on to Ryan Hollingshead sprinting from the left. Hollingshead dribbled to about two yards outside the box and fired the ball near post past Tyler Deric, who didn't have a chance.
Dallas put another one away in the 21st on a counter attack started by Mauro Diaz. Diaz dispossessed Alexander Lopez -- making his second start of the season -- in Houston's attacking third and guiding Castillo with a through ball. Castillo, dashing down the right, reached the ball in his attacking third and laid it up to David Teixeira, who one-timed it far post for the goal.
Houston responded in the 32nd thanks to a free kicked earned by Alexander Lopez after he was fouled outside of the box. Giles Barnes, who's always a threat from long range, lined up to take the kick and fired a laser to the top corner of FC Dallas keeper Dan Kennedy's far post.
Momentum changed in Houston's favor after that goal and the club ended the half looking like the better team. But it didn't last into the second half and FC Dallas scored two more goals, courtesy of Diaz in the 52nd and Castillo a handful of minutes later in the 55th, with the Castillo goal created from a long ball from the back.
Coyle made three changes in the next 12 minutes -- subbing Oscar Boniek Garcia in for Alex Lopez in the 56th, Luis Garrido for an injured Nathan Sturgis (Sturgis left the game with an apparent shoulder injury) and Rob Lovejoy for Will Bruin in the 67th -- but nothing came from those substitutions.
Houston left plenty of chances to score on the field and dominated possession in the game. But only getting two of 13 shots on targets and having one accurate cross out of 30 will surely leave the team and fans looking for more.
Houston have a short week with San Jose coming to town on Tuesday.