Saturday night’s game between the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas was the third and final match-up of the Texas Derby for the regular season. At stake was El Capitan, a howitzer cannon, which the winner of the Texas Derby keeps for the following season. For the last three years the cannon has called Frisco home. Going into the game the Dynamo held the edge in the Derby after winning the first game between the two 5-0 while the second game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Dynamo got things started early as Boniek Garcia laid the ball off for Mauro Manotas. Unfortunately for Manotas Chris Seitz was able to get just enough on it to make the save.
It was Alex who got the Dynamo on the scoreboard first in the 19th minute. Alex was surrounded by defenders when he turned and shot a bomb towards goal. Seitz jump to try to get to the shot but he had no chance at stopping it as the Dynamo took the 1-0 lead.
The Dynamo had a number of chances in the first half. Eric Alexander nearly scored on his former team but Seitz was able to deny his chance. Manotas continued to put chances in front of the net but Seitz continued to deny him. In the 34th minute Boniek sent a through ball to Manotas in the box. Seitz came off his line to make the save on the shot from Manotas.
Joe Willis came up big against Maxi Urruti as he was rushing towards goal in the 50th minute. Urruti got behind the defense and Willis came off his line to dive down and grab the ball.
Manotas had another great shot that Boniek set him up for in the 53rd but he sent the ball wide of the net.
In the 59th minute Dallas was awarded a penalty kick after a shot hit Raul Rodriguez’s arm in the box. Mauro Diaz stepped up to take the kick and caught Joe Willis diving the wrong way as he sank the shot to tie the game up 1-1. A minute later Figueroa sent a long ball into the box. Barrios picked up the ball and lifted it around Willis to make it 2-1 Dallas.
Dallas stretched the lead out in the 79th minute. Akindele got the ball on the counter and then passed it to Barrios who one-timed the ball. Barrios shot was just past the finger tips of an out stretched Willis for a 3-1 lead.
The Dynamo lost the game (and three points) but they won the war for El Capitan who after three years would finally be returning to Houston. Losing yet another game in this abysmal season made it hard to be excited for El Capitan’s return.
The Dynamo don’t have another MLS game until September 9th against Sporting Kansas City. If you can’t wait that long for Dynamo soccer they have a friendly against Chivas on Septeber 4th.