The Houston Dynamo hosted FC Dallas on Saturday in the first of three games between the two teams this season. The Texas Derby got off to a hot start as the two traded goals but things cooled off as the night went on.
It was the visiting team that drew first blood seconds after the start of the game. Matt Hedges headed in a cross from five yards out to put Dallas up 1-0 in the first minute of the game. However, Dallas didn’t hold the Dynamo goal less for long. Romell Quioto crossed the ball into the box to a rushing Mauro Manotas who headed the ball into goal. The eight minute goal leveled the two teams back up, 1-1.
Things cooled down after the first ten minutes of the game as the Dynamo were able to slow things down defensively. Defender DaMarcus Beasley took at shot at goal but his attempt went over the crossbar.
The Dynamo had seven shots to Dallas’ eight in the first while each side had two shots on target. Dallas had the edge in possession in the first with 57.8%.
Joe Willis was a difference maker in the second half as he came up with multiple saves to keep the game level. He made back to back saves at one point colliding with the goalpost.
Dallas was awarded a penalty kick in the 59th minute after Adolfo Machado ended up getting Michael Barrios’ legs. Roland Lamah took the kick and hit it right down the middle and at Willis who made the stop on the shot. Willis also stopped the second shot that came at him on the rebound. Following the stop the Dynamo took the ball down to the other end of the field as Manotas buried the cross from DaMarcus Beasley. Unfortunately, the goal was overturned on review as Manotas was ruled offside.
In the 71st minute Lamah missed a chance in front of an open net instead sending the ball off the cross bar. Even with six minutes of stoppage time neither team was able to break the tie and the final whistle blew with a 1-1 scoreline.
Dallas ended the game with a victory in the possession battle. They had seven shots in the second half to end the game with 15 total shots. The Dynamo ended the game with 12 shots.
The Dynamo will have little rest before their game on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Union. The battle for El Capitan will continue on August 23 in Houston before ending in Frisco on September 1.