Recent history showed that FC Dallas owned the Houston Dynamo in the Texas Derby, unbeaten in the last four years. Perhaps, the Hoops walked into BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday night with a little pep in their step.
But six minutes into the match, Dallas was sucker punched by David Horst and the Dynamo.
" One thing that they told me was that after the set piece breaks down and the ball goes back out, just stay in the box and get in there for the second cross," Horst spoke after the match. "Andrew Wenger played an absolute fantastic ball behind the defense, and I listened to the coaches and I stayed in the box and found myself on the end of Wenger's cross."
Horst's header for the opening score, his first of the season, got the crowd in East Downtown into frenzy. And the party didn't stop there, as the Dynamo added three more goals in the first half, in rout to 5-0 final over their North Texas rivals.
After an FC Dallas own goal, Ricardo Clark shot low to beat Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez for the 3-0 score.
Minutes later, Andrew Wenger, who was credited with a pair of assist on the Horst and Clark goals, got on the end of a deflection to put the Dynamo up 4-0.
With the game nearly over in the 85 minute, Will Bruin put one in himself - just for good measure.
" It was a long time coming, to be honest," Bruin said. "We kept going, we kept our foot on the pedal; last year you wouldn't have seen that. I think that killer instinct, we gotta implement that every game"
Unfortunately for the Dynamo, some bad news did come out of BBVA; Giles Barnes left the match with a tweaked hamstring, and Cristian Maidana exited with what appeared to be a concussion in the first half.
" I thought there were one or two tasty tackles in the first half," Dynamo coach Owen Coyle spoke after the match about the physicality. "Not for lunch might I add, but there were one or two"