The Texas Derby in 2017 is all about the draw as the Houston Dynamo battled back from two goals down to tie FC Dallas 3-3 on Wednesday night in the third and final regular season meeting between the two sides.
Dallas and Houston had tied the other two previous meetings of the season.
Both teams trade goals as Erick Torres got two goals and an assist on the night for the Dynamo, while Maxi Urruti, Tesho Akindele and Maynor Figueroa scored for Dallas.
A little over a minute into the game the Dynamo struck first with a goal from Vicente Sanchez. Torres pressed Matt Hedges shortly after the opening kickoff into a turnover that lead to him passing it off to Sanchez who had a wide open chance at goal.
Twelve minutes later FC Dallas got their first good look of the game from Kellyn Acosta. FCD was able to move the ball up the field along the left wing with Roland Lamah. The veteran attacker sent the ball back to Acosta at the top of the penalty box where the Homegrown took one touch before firing a shot that went just wide of the far post.
After several good chances, FC Dallas found the equalizer in the 45st minute on a long range shot from Akindele. The play began with a turnover in the midfield that found Michael Barrios on the left side of the field. He sent it to Akindele who then brought the ball inside by beating two defenders before firing a shot from 20 yards out that beat Tyler Deric.
Just seconds later Dallas scored again as they pressured Houston into another mistake as the ball lands to Atiba Harris at the top of the penalty box. Harris then sent the ball over the Houston defense to Figueroa on the left side. The veteran defender hammered a one-time shot by Deric to give Dallas the lead.
Five minutes into the second half Dallas added to their lead, this time through Urruti. The ball was played long over the Houston defense to Urruti, who ended up shooting the ball from 25 yards out to beat Deric at the far post.
The Dynamo were able to pull within one goal in the 70th minute from Torres on a quick counter attack. Romell Quioto beat one Dallas defender before laying it off to Torres who had no problem putting a hard low shot past Jesse Gonzalez.
Torres tied the game back up in the 85th minute on a deflected shot by Ricardo Clark. The ball took a weird hit that forced Gonzalez into a bad save that Torres was able to hammer in to pull the Dynamo level.
FC Dallas returns to action this weekend as they travel to Ohio to battle the Columbus Crew.