Matchday 3: FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo

Bob Levey

It's Texas Derby time in Frisco.

It's Texas Derby time in Frisco today! FCD tries to take back El Capitan today....just a few quick notes today

Notes

FCD vs Houston in Frisco All-Time counting the MLS Playoffs, FC Dallas is 3-3-4 all time at FCD Stadium against their rivals to the south.

Perez is back Blas Perez makes his 2013 debut this afternoon after serving a 2-game suspension for an elbow thrown in the Chivas USA game last year.

Keys to the Game

Play to the Whistle When you look at the intervals of goals scored between FCD and Houston, it's almost completely equal except for the final 15 minutes of each half. Houston has dominated the final 15 minutes of the first and second halves against FCD and that's where they could hit FCD hard tonight.

No silly fouls Houston thrives on free kicks. It's been true since Dominic Kinnear took over and it's how they love to beat you. If FCD gives up silly free kicks and corners, it's almost inevitable that the Dynamo will grab one, so limiting those is key.

Referee

REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): Eric Boria; JAR (opposite): Adam Garner; 4th: Ismail Elfath MLS Career: 145 games; FC/gm: 24.1; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 32; pens: 44

Prediction(1-1

Tough one to call as you can really throw out the records when these two meet. I'm liking FCD to grab a goal in this one but Houston is so tough.

1-1 Draw

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