The Dynamo host FC Dallas on Wednesday night as the team fought to advance to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. In the end it would be a stoppage time goal that would see one of them through.
While Wade Barrett has preferred the 4-1-4-1 since taking over the Dynamo, against Dallas the team played in a 4-2-3-1. Looking to play a more offensive game Mauro Manotas got the start as the lone forward for the Dynamo.
It was a quiet first half for both sides as each side got off a few shots but nothing threatened in front of goal. In fact between the two teams there were only six shots in the first half.
The first real chance came for the Dynamo in the second half as Chris Seitz was able to block Manotas right in front of goal. Then is was Joe Willis who came up big for the Dynamo as he made a similar save against Dallas just a minute later.
It looked like Manotas was going to finally get the Dynamo on the scoreboard in the 60th minute with a screaming shot. Unfortunately for the Dynamo the shot went rifling off of the crossbar instead of finding the back of the net.
Just as extra time started it was Fabian Castillo who found the back of the net. Castillo was able to get around the Dynamo defense to beat Willis and put his shot right into the net.
The Dynamo tried to find an equalizer in the final three minutes of stoppage time but were unable to do so with so little time left on the clock.
The loss eliminated the Dynamo from the Lamar Hunt Open Cup as the win advanced Dallas to the semifinals.
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