Saturday, May 28, 2011

Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas Battle to 2-2 Tie in Game One of Texas Derby

(Dynamo players Andre Hainault-31 and Geoff Cameron-20 help goalkeeper Tally Hall-1 defend the goal during an offensive onslaught by FC Dallas. Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loco Photography, Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved)

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 28, 2011) On an 87th minute goal by substitute Colin Clark, the Houston Dynamo (3-4-6, 15 pts) tied FC Dallas (6-3-4, 22 pts) 2-2 in Game one of the Texas Derby before 16, 709 soccer fans at Houston’s Robertson Stadium.

Game two and possession of El Capitán will be played at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco on September 24.

FC Dallas struck first on an unassisted header goal by midfielder Andrew Jacobson in the 27th minute.

Forward Fabian Castillo fired a shot off the cross bar which found Jacobson in position to hard the ball into the empty net to make the score 1-0.

Five minutes later, Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor got into the box, crossed over to Cam Weaver who hits the ball Will Bruin.

Bruin than chests the ball back to Weaver but he could not get a shot off.

The Dynamo quickly rebounded and after some spirited play, found the goal in the 42nd minute to tie the score.

Dynamo captain Brad Davis kicked a cute chip to Weaver who volleyed the ball into the net from 8 yards out.

Davis was credited with an assist, his seventh of the season.

Dallas got the lead back in the 70th minute as Ugo Ihamalu headed home a Marvin Chavez corner kick to up the score to 2-1.

Things fell apart for the Dynamo in the 72nd minute when Kofi Sarkodie picked up his second yellow. He was previously issued a yellow card in the 57th minute.

He headed for that locker room, leaving the Dynamo with only ten players on the field.

Things seemed bleak for the Dynamo until the 87th minute when Davis got possession of the ball and played it forcefully to Colin Clark.

Clark quickly fired the ball past Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to tie the score at 2-all.

Houston will next face the San Jose Earthquakes on June 4 on the road while FC Dallas will face the New England Revolution at home on the same day.

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