Houston Dynamo dominates 5-0 In Texas Derby beatdown

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas fell to the Houston Dynamo Saturday night after conceding four goals in the first 30 minutes of play. An astonishing result to say the least, FC Dallas never really looked true to form nor did they appear to have control of possession until it was too late.

From the opening whistle Houston imposed their aggressiveness on the FC Dallas midfield. David Horst scored on a beautiful ball by Andrew Wenger in the 6th minute, and shortly after that a massive miscommunication between Matt Hedges and Jesse Gonzalez resulted in an own goal. Before they knew it, FC Dallas was down 2-0 before the 15 minute mark.

Appearing shell-shocked at times, FC Dallas never really appeared to have any control of the ball throughout the match. A complete opposite of the team we saw in Frisco less than a week ago. The snowball grew bigger when in the 23rd minute Ricardo Clark scores from distance on a play that appeared that it could have been called offsides. Nonetheless, a nightmare start for the young squad and a true test of composure early on in the season. The nightmare continued when not even five minutes later, another inexplicable lapse in communication and a lucky deflection led to Andrew Wenger being in the right place in the right time to push the lead to 4-0 and it wasn't even 30 minutes into the game.

Fabian Castillo made great runs in the first half but they never really resulted in anything. He definitely fought hard but it just didn't seem like everyone was on the same page. A very strange scene to say the least.

At the very end of the first half, Michael Barrios made a great run to set up Maximiliano Urruti perfectly for a shot that goes wide. The missed opportunity capped off an ugly half with 5 yellow cards and numerous collisions and injuries.

Subs were certainly expected and the most obvious one was Atiba Harris who came off for Hollingshead at the start of the second half. The team looked to have their wits about them in the second half but things remained the same. Fabian came off early after a decent performance but never really looking like the Fabian we all know and love.

And in the 85' with the game already in hand, Will Bruin scored on an great run and that was it. Houston fans and players alike will enjoy this win for obvious reason. FC Dallas never looked like themselves this game, and hopefully they can put this one aside and move on to a tough opponent when Montreal comes to Frisco next weekend with Didier Drogba.

Eventually, FC Dallas is going to have to address the continuing road woes. This game was perhaps just what the team needed in retrospect. Having heard all of the hype and playing so well in the preseason, its games like this that can really test the character of a team. Luckily for FC Dallas, it is still very early in the season and they will have plenty of opportunities to right this ship.

A massive reality check but nothing Oscar and the boys can't overcome. While Dallas did giftwrap a couple goals for Houston early on, the Dynamo really were the better team tonight. Who knows if this will be the case down the road, but make no mistake, Houston went and took this game.