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Derby Dud: FC Dallas and Houston play to scoreless draw

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A fiery affair ends in a draw.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 Texas Derby started off with a bit of a dud as FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo tied 0-0 on Sunday evening.

The draw keeps Dallas winless in three straight games after falling to San Jose last weekend and Chicago last Thursday.

The best chance for FC Dallas in the first half came off a free kick in the 26th minute from Kellyn Acosta. Michael Barrios helped set up the free kick from 22 yards out. Acosta’s kick bent around the Houston wall but Tyler Deric was able to push it aside.

Cristian Colman nearly scored his first goal in the 36th minute. The ball was played into the box from the right side by Barrios where Colman was running into the ball. As the ball came to Colman, the Paraguayan attempted a back heel goal that got blocked just wide of the goal.

Dallas kept the pressure on Houston in the second half. In the 58th minute Dallas had a long sequence of passing around the Houston goal before Roland Lamah was opened up on the left wing. The Ivorian took one touch inside the penalty box and then played a ball across the goal where Colman and Maxi Urruti attempted to run on but the ball ended up going out of bounds.

Houston nearly found the back of the net in the 65th minute on a ball from Alex on the left wing. Alex’s ball curled into the penalty box where Mauro Manotas was there to get a foot on it but Jesse Gonzalez was able to stop the ball on the line to keep the game level.

Oscar Pareja tried to inject some life into the attack late in the match as he brought on Mauro Diaz for the first time in 2017. Diaz had a few good touches after entering the match but was unable to really add anything to the attack.

FC Dallas returns to action next weekend when they host Real Salt Lake.