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Houston Dynamo narrowly close out Texas Derby in win over FC Dallas

It shouldn’t have been a close game based on the majority of the performances, but the Dynamo were able to win 3-2 over FC Dallas

MLS: FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Dynamo FC were able to get their second win in three games this time coming against in-state rivals FC Dallas who visited BBVA Stadium for the final match of the Texas Derby. While Dallas started the game and ended the game strong, it would be the Dynamo to walk away with three points after winning 3-2 in a game that Tab Ramos is probably disappointed it ended as close as it should’ve been.

FC Dallas came out of the gate quickly with an early press that led to a couple of chances within the first three minutes. Ricardo Pepi and Jáder Obrian both had some chances blocked with the Dynamo looking a little unorganized to start the game.

However, Houston responded very well on a counter attack with Fafà Picault getting free on the left wing. Picault took the ball to the end line and played a ball that went through the entire defense to Griffin Dorsey to tap it into the far post to make it 1-0 to the home side 5 minutes into the game.

After the opening goal by Houston, the Dynamo seemed to find more of their rhythm and organization with the team doing well to prevent Dallas from pushing forward. The Dynamo increased their possession and were able to win corner kicks and made the visitors chase the game.

The Dynamo doubled their lead in the 20th minute. Darwin Quintero had the ball at the top of the 18 yard box and played a brilliant through ball to Dorsey. Dorsey took his touch and played the ball across goal which Picault slid into to make it 2-0 Houston.

Dallas had a great opportunity to pull a goal back in the 36th minute following a corner kick. It wasn’t a ball that was played into the box. Instead it was played diagonally by Jesús Ferreira to Brandon Servania. Servania took his shot and forced a difficult save by Dynamo goalkeeper Michael Nelson which was eventually cleared.

Houston would go into halftime with a 2-0 lead and despite their early struggles, they adjusted well to get the lead and then add to it while making Dallas chase the game. Adam Lundkvist was forced off in the 35th minute with a nasty knee injury bringing on Sam Junqua.

Dallas came out of halftime very aggressive after making three changes with their personnel. They pressed heavy and changed their shape to put more players higher up the field.

Despite FCD again starting a half the better side, the Dynamo would be granted a penalty in the 57th minute. After a free kick that was cleared, Darwin Quintero was quick to transition the ball back up the field which led to a foul on Tim Parker by Bryan Acosta in the box. After a quick second the center official pointed to the spot. Quintero stepped up and even though Dallas goalkeeper Phelipe Megiolaro guessed correctly on the shot, it was an inch perfect effort that pinged off the post into the goal to put Houston up 3-0.

Following the penalty by Quintero, Dynamo Head Coach Tab Ramos made some adjustments and changed his shape which helped the Dynamo with their numbers in the midfield. This allowed them to limit Dallas’s ability to dominate the middle of the field to transition to their forwards.

FC Dallas began to mount pressure in the final 10 minutes of the game with Houston sitting a little deeper trying to protect their lead. Dallas had a goal called off after finding the net in the 82nd minute following a VAR check which had the play ruled offside. However, a few minutes later put Jáder Obrian in on goal after a great through ball by Ferreira. Obrian took his touches and was able to chip Michael Nelson from a difficult angle to make it 3-1.

With Houston still sitting deeper on their lead combined with a whole 7 minutes of stoppage time, Dallas pulled another goal back from the corner in extra time. The ball was poorly cleared and Eddie Munjoma was able to find Obrian who struck a ball from deep into the net.

The final whistle would blow and it would be a 3-2 victory for the Houston Dynamo. Houston didn’t start either half too well, but was able to adjust very well and get on the score board. Down the stretch, sitting deeper with Dallas pushing numbers invited more pressure and opportunities for the visitors, but the Dynamo would walk away with the full three points in the end over their in-state rivals.

The Dynamo are back on the road next week when they travel to Saint Paul to take on Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field next Saturday on September 25th at 7:00 PM CT.


5’ HOU: Griffin Dorsey

20’ HOU: Fafà Picault (assisted by Griffin Dorsey)

59’ HOU: Darwin Quintero (penalty)

86’ FCD: Jáder Obrian (assisted by Jesús Ferreira)

90’ + 4’ FCD: Jáder Obrian (assisted by Eddie Munjoma)


40’ HOU: Zarek Valentin (yellow card)

90’+6’ FCD: Szabolcs Schön (yellow card)


Houston Dynamo (4-1-2-3): Michael Nelson; Adam Lundkvist (35’ Sam Junqua), Teenage Hadebe, Tim Parker, Zarek Valentin (60’ Corey Baird); Matías Vera; Darwin Quintero (79’ Memo Rodríguez), Darwin Cerén; Griffin Dorsey, Maxi Urruti (60’ Joe Corona), Fafà Picault

FC Dallas (4-2-3-1): Phelipe Megiolaro; Ema Twumasi (78’ Szabolcs Schön), Matt Hedges, Nkosi Tafari, Justin Che (HT Eddie Munjoma); Facundo Quignón (HT Bryan Acosta), Brandon Servania (71’ Andrés Ricaurte); Paxton Pomykal (HT Franco Jara), Jesús Ferreira, Jáder Obrian; Ricardo Pepi