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Houston Dynamo Take First Texas Derby of the Season

The Dynamo come out victorious against FC Dallas thanks to a brace from Mauro Manotas.

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After victory over FC Dallas on Saturday, the Houston Dynamo currently lead the Texas Derby. While they nearly gave the game away in stoppage time a foul would help them to keep a 2-1 victory over their rivals from Frisco.

Houston kicked off their scoring in the 18th minute of the game after Alberth Elis was brought down in the box and the Dynamo were awarded a penalty. Mauro Manotas took the penalty kick sending it past Jesse Gonzalez to make it 1-0.

Dallas looked to level the game early in the second half. Bryan Acosta took a shot at the net that looked to be headed to crossing the goal line. Dynamo goal keeper Joe Willis got a hand on the shot popping the ball up and over the bar.

Houston finally found their second goal in the 58th minute of the game. Elis helped to set up the goal on the counter attack. Elis crossed the ball to Memo Rodriguez who then set up Manotas. Manotas just put a boot on the ball directing it towards goals.

Romell Quioto came on in place of Rodriguez in the 85th minute of the game. Quickly, he found the back of the net but was ruled offside. Dallas got the ball and Barrios crossed the ball in to Badji from the right. Dominique Badji put the ball past Willis to give Dallas their first goal of the game.

As full time ended the board showed that the teams would play seven more minutes in stoppage time. As the end of the game approached Juan Davis Cabezas fouled a Dallas player giving the vising team a free kick. Santiago Mosquera took the free kick and put the ball past Willis and into the net. While everyone thought that Dallas had drawn the game level there was a foul committed before the goal and it was waived off.

Houston would walk away the 2-1 victors.

The Dynamo had seven shots in the first half of the game while holding Dallas to only four shots. The Dynamo added an additional eights shots in the second half while Dallas had another five. Dallas held a big advantage in time of possession but that advantage actually worked in Houston’s favor with their style of play.

The two teams will face each other again in late August in Frisco, TX to determine who will hold on to El Capitan for 2020. Next weekend the Dynamo head to the Pacific Northwest to play the Seattle Sounders.