The Texas Derby continues Thursday night with FC Dallas looking to respond from the 5-0 beatdown Houston placed on them earlier this season. Both teams appear to be going in opposite directions, and FC Dallas is going for their 13th straight home game without a loss, oh... and it's Houston who has yet to win a road game.
The 5-0 loss in the second game of the season could have been the best thing to happen to FC Dallas this season. It brought them down to earth in a way, and they have responded nicely ever since. Coming back home where they're unbeaten in their past 12 games should give them even more confidence against a struggling Houston team. The fact that these two are currently on varying paths so far does not diminish the importance of getting revenge and reestablishing FC Dallas' recent dominance of their in-state rivals.
Urruti's Time To Shine
After a fantastic start to the season, Maxi Urruti has yet to score a goal since March 26th at Washington. He was also held in check in the first matchup with Houston by defender David Horst so breaking this mini slump won't be that easy. Maxi made his first appearance in after missing two games due to injury, and during that time Tesho Akindele has carved himself an increasingly valid argument that he should be in the Starting XI. With Tesho out for international duty, I expect Maxi to get back into the swing of things tonight with a strong likelihood of arrows in the rain.
The last time I had weather as a thing to look for, it cleared up completely at game time and there wasn't but a drop the whole game. That time the weather forecasts were vehemently ensuring that there was a 100% chance of rain during the game, which ultimately scared off our "sold out" crowd that night. This time it's only looking like a 60% chance of rain, whatever that means. Hopefully the chance of a rainy game won't scare off our crowd on weekday game this time.. the fact that it is the #TexasDerby should be able to bring out the FCD Faithful no matter what.
We won't hear the classic El Matador band and cheering section though, as they will be absent in protest of their suspension from the FCD Front Office.
I kinda like the idea of a Thursday night game. This one should be fun, so try to show up for this one as it promises to bring the best out of FC Dallas who want to send a message down south, loud and clear about who really runs Texas soccer.