Dynamo fans came to the Friday night rivalry game between the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas armed with streamers and smoke bombs ready to celebrate the night from start to finish. Houston hosted FC Dallas for the first time since the Dynamo Supporter’s Groups were sanctioned for having too much fun during the May 28 away game in Frisco, TX. The fun was dampened a little bit on Friday night when the home side was unable to come away with a win, but they did come out with a 1-1 draw.
FC Dallas started the game strong cutting through the Dynamo midfield to get a lot of time in front of the net. Luckily, for the Dynamo the eight shots from Dallas were off target. Dallas was denied in the 10th minute of the game by Dylan Remick who blocked an attempt while down on the ground and then jumped up to help Tyler Deric defend against the rebound before the ball went out of play.
The best chance early on for the Dynamo came off the counter-attack in the 14th minute of the game. Mauro Manotas had a good look on goal, but his shot went just wide across goal.
The Dynamo finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the 19th minute of the game. Adolfo Machado intercepted a ball from Dallas and lofted the ball down field to break up the play. The ball found Cubo Torres who got into the box and just past defender Matt Hedges. Torres angled his shot past Jesse Gonzalez and into the corner of the goal to put Houston up 1-0.
Dallas had nine shots in the first half but didn’t manage to place any of them on target. The Dynamo had four shots in the first half, but finished the game with 10 shots. Dallas had an advantage in possession with 55.5% over Houston’s 44.5% in the first half. The Dynamo did better on the possession front in the second half but eventually gave up a goal to Dallas.
The tempo clearly slowed as the first half went on as the heat seemed to take a toll on the players. The tempo continued to slow throughout the second half of the game as well. The Dynamo never picked the pace back up after the half time break.
Juan Cabezas came close to doubling the scoreline for the Dynamo in the 55th minute. Atiba Harris was given a yellow card for taking down Manotas leading to a free kick from 20 yards out. Cabezas headed the free kick towards goal but the ball was just wide of the far post.
After the near miss from the Dynamo Mauro Diaz easily took apart the Dynamo defense working his way towards goal. He passed the ball to Maximiliano Urruti who took a shot from inside the box towards goal. The shot looked like it took a deflection as it found it’s way into the net to level the game at 1-1.
In true Texas Derby fashion the two teams got into a low-key brawl in the 80th minute after the players from South Oklahoma took offense to the fact that the Dynamo continued to play the ball while a Dallas player was down on the field. Little more than angry shoving took place in the dust up leaving Alex and Hernan Grana each with a yellow card.
With neither team able to find the back of the net again the teams finished with a 1-1 draw. They will face each other one more time in the regular season on August 23 to determine the fate of El Capitan.
The Dynamo go from one rival to another as they play Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night in US Open Cup action. Then on July 1 they head to Colorado to play the Rapids in a MLS game.
Amidst the goal celebrations, a substitution was made in the 61st minute. In: Victor Ulloa, Out: Carlos Greuzo. #HOUvFCD— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) June 24, 2017
63' SUB: Alberth Elis replaces Romell Quioto, right after Quioto draws a free kick 21 yards from goal. #HOUvDAL— #VoteDynamo (@HoustonDynamo) June 24, 2017
70'- FC Dallas makes their final substitution of the night. Aaron Guillen comes in for Tesho Akindele. #HOUvFCD— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) June 24, 2017