FC Dallas remains on the road this week as they travel south to battle their Texas Derby rivals Houston Dynamo.
Houston is coming off a wild 4-4 draw last weekend to SKC. They are 2-2-4 overall this season with draws in their last two matches. The Orange lead the overall series against Dallas with a 9-5-7 record, but Dallas has won the last two regular-season meetings.
FC Dallas notes:
Out: Stephen Keel (foot), Coy Craft (shoulder)
Blas Perez (red card vs Colorado)
Texas rivalry. The clubs play 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. This will be first year since 2011 the series will include more than one meeting during the regular season, with both clubs now in the West.
Diaz effect. According to the game notes from the club, since Oscar Pareja was named head coach of FC Dallas, the club has only lost one game in matches that Mauro Diaz plays at least 45 minutes - a 3‐2 loss to Seattle 11‐1‐4.
Halftime adjustments. FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo have not allowed a goal in the 15 minutes following halftime (46‐60). Dallas has also scored three goals in that same time frame while Houston has scored once in that same 15‐minute window this season.
Key player for FCD: Tesho Akindele. With Blas Perez sitting this one out due to a suspension, the attack will come down to how well Akindele can hold up the ball and facilitate the attack.
Biggest question: Can FCD maintain composure in the rivalry?
It is still early in the season, but the red card bug continues to be an issue for FCD. Rivalries always bring out the worst in the physical nature of the game and this rivalry is always no different. I would expect Houston to attempt to get under the skin of FCD here and try to pull FCD out of their game early on. For FCD to be successful in this one, they need to remain calm and composed throughout this entire game like they did a year ago when they won 4-1 in Houston.
I'm hesitant to think that FCD will come out in this one and dominate like they did a year ago against the Dynamo. Houston is a different team right now than what FCD last saw out of them too. Their attack is starting to hit their strides on the year here and a lot of that can be attributed to guys like Giles Barnes and Brad Davis stepping up here. I think a draw is a fair result for both sides, so I'll be sticking with that for now.
FCD 2, Houston 2
How to watch
Match date/time: Friday, 5/1, 7:00PM
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
TV: Univision Deportes
Online: Univision Deportes
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