The big El Captain game is here. FC Dallas is in Houston today to face the Houston Dynamo. Both teams come into this match in different manners. Dallas are unbeaten in the month of May while the Dynamo haven't seen three points all month.
FC Dallas extended their shutout streak to a club-record 489 minutes on Wednesday in Seattle, the longest streak in MLS this season. It's now the seventh-longest streak in MLS history, two minutes behind the next on the list, the Houston streak from April 4-May 16, 2009. The all-time MLS record is 727 minutes, set by the Dynamo from June 10-July 22, 2007. The FCD club record was 415 minutes, set last season.
(Read on for more info on today's game, lineups and the in-game discussion)
REFEREE: Terry Vaughn. SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Eric Boria; 4th: Armando Villarreal MLS Career: 143 games; FC/gm: 28.6; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 46; pens: 46
INJURY REPORT: HOUSTON DYNAMO - OUT: FW Calen Carr (concussion); FW Brian Ching (L plantar fascitis); DOUBTFUL: MF Danny Cruz (R knee hyperextension); PROBABLE: FW Cam Weaver (R ankle sprain) ...
FC DALLAS - OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle); MF Bryan Leyva (R ankle); QUESTIONABLE: DF Jair Benitez (L knee); FW Maykel Galindo (L plantar fascia strain); FW Milton Rodriguez (IT band syndrome)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: HOU: Brad Davis ... DAL: George John, Andrew Jacobson
ALL-TIME (16 meetings): Dynamo 7 wins, 23 goals ... FC Dallas 3 wins, 16 goals ... Ties 6
AT HOUSTON (8 meetings): Dynamo 5 wins, 13 goals ... FC Dallas 1 win, 9 goals ... Ties 2
RETURN MATCH: 9/24: FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo, 3 p.m. CT (Galavision)
3/27: DAL 1, HOU 1 (Harris 38 - Chabala 36)
5/5: HOU 0, DAL 1 (Ihemelu 79)
• After going nearly three years and nine games without a win against their in-state rivals, FC Dallas have won two of the last three meetings between the teams.
• FC Dallas won for the first time ever in Houston in the final meeting last season, a 1-0 victory at Robertson Stadium. The Dynamo had won five of the first seven league matches at home (with two draws), along with a conference semifinal match in the MLS Cup Playoffs and a U.S. Open Cup match.
• The clubs are playing for "El Capitán", the 19th-century Mountain Howitzer cannon to be awarded to the winner of the season series by supporters groups for both clubs.
• Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear v DAL: P24 W10 L4 D10 ... Schellas Hyndman vs. HOU: P6 W2 L2 D2
FC Dallas: Kevin Hartman, Jackson Goncalves, Ugo Ihemelu, Bobby Warshaw, Zach Loyd; Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson, Eric Alexander, Brek Shea; Fabian Castillo, and Marvin Chavez.
Bench: Chris Seitz; Eric Avila, Jair Benitez, Bruno Guarda, Ruben Luna, Milton Rodriguez, Ricardo Villar
Houston Dynamo XI: Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, Andre Hainault, Jermaine Taylor, Mike Chabala; Je-Vaughan Watson, Geoff Cameron, Lovel Palmer, Brad Davis (C), Cam Weaver, Will Bruin
Bench: Tyler Deric; Bobby Boswell, Colin Clark, Koke, Alex Dixon, Hunter Freeman, Jason Garey