FC Dallas remains the Kings of Texas with their third and decisive knockout blow over the Houston Dynamo, a 4-1 result on Sunday afternoon. The win clinches a playoff berth for FCD for the second straight season.
FCD got a penalty kick from Mauro Diaz along with goals in the second half from Kellyn Acosta and two goals from David Texeira.
FC Dallas came out with a ton of energy in this one with Fabian Castillo creating a couple early chances for the team. His pace and the pressure from the rest of the team created a couple corner kicks within the first few minutes of the match.
Eight minutes into the match Dallas tested Tyler Deric for the first time on a shot from Michael Barrios. The play would come as Mauro Diaz would gather the ball at midfield and make a nifty cut around his defender before laying the ball off to Barrios. The Colombian winger put a hard shot at the near post that Deric brushed away for a corner kick.
FCD got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 25th minute on a penalty kick from Diaz. The penalty was set up on a play by Castillo, who got tripped up in the penalty box by Rasheed Olabiyi.
The Dynamo tied things up in the 36th minute on a long-range shot by Ricardo Clark. The former United States national team midfielder took a quick pass in the midfield from Oscar Garcia and made a turn on a Dallas defender before firing the ball off from 25-yards out past Jesse Gonzalez.
Dallas regained the lead in the 50th minute on a bomb of a goal by David Texeira. Zach Loyd would steal the ball in his defensive end and drive the ball up the field about 30 yards before laying it off to Texeria. The Dallas forward made a couple touches before firing off a 30-yard strike that would hit off the crossbar and go into the back of the net.
It didn't take long for Dallas to double that lead as Castillo set up the third Dallas goal in the 53rd minute to Kellyn Acosta. Castillo took the ball on the far side line and made his way into the penalty box. As he made one cut around a Houston defender, he would lay the ball off at the top of the box to Acosta, who struck the ball with his left foot into the upper corner of the goal.
Houston would be reduced to ten men in the final minutes of the match after Raul Rodriguez fouled Rolando Escobar in the open field. The rough challenge forced the center official to go for the straight red on the Dynamo defender.
Texeira would add a his second of the match in the closing moments.
Dallas returns to action this week as they travel to Canada to play a pivotal match against the Vancouver Whitecaps.