Saturday, April 05, 2014

Houston Dynamo fall to FC Dallas in Texas Derby; El Capitán stays in Frisco

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 5, 2014) BBVA Compass Stadium and the 22, 202 fans in attendance in Houston saw the return of the Texas Derby with the Houston Dynamo facing off against FC Dallas for Texas bragging rights and possession of El Capitán on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

The Dynamo could not seem to get the ball in the net, as Dallas dropped Houston by the score of 4-1.

As a result, Dallas will retain possession of El Capitán, the replica 18th century mountain howitzer cannon, that is awarded to the winner of the Texas Derby.

Saturday’s game is the only regular season game for both squads in 2014.

Dallas got on the board first, in the 31st minute, when midfielder Mauro Diaz and a few Dyanmo defenders were fighting in the box for the ball.

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
The officials whistled for a penalty kick, and Michel sent the ball past goalkeeper Tally Hall for the score.

Houston evened it up in 41st minute when Brad Davis passed the ball to Ricardo Clark to tie the score at the half.

Dallas sent the score to 2-1 when Michel sent a free kick to Je-Vaughn Watson, who headed it past hall in the 61st minute.

They added their third goal of the evening in the 68th minute when a corner kick ricocheted of Will Bruin’s head and into the Dynamo net.

In addition, they added an insurance goal in the 70th minute when Watson again got the ball past Hall.

With the loss, the Dynamo fall to 2-2-0 (six points) while Dallas foes to 4-0-1 (13 points).

Houston will now hit the road for three straight matches before returning home to face Portland on Sunday, April 27.

They will play New England on Saturday, April 12, followed by a Saturday, April 19 meeting with Philadelphia,

The final match of the three-game road trip will be on Wednesday April 23 against New York.

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