FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo have a way with trading goals with one another this season. In their first meeting of the year, they traded goals in the first ten minutes. On Thursday night they did it again in the last ten minutes of the game to finish 1-1.
Michael Barrios scored his fifth goal in five games, while Houston got a late equalize from Ronaldo Pena.
Both sides traded chances in the first half but it was Houston that got two good chances before halftime. In the 44th minute, Tomás Martínez nearly put the Dynamo on top after he collected a loose ball in the penalty box. He put in a hard low shot that beat Jimmy Maurer but fortunately for Dallas the ball went just wide.
In the 68th minute Dallas got their best chance of the match when Pablo Aranguiz put Maxi Urruti in on goal with a short pass in the center of the pitch. Urruti tried to beat Joe Willis high but the goalkeeper jumped and deflected the shot wide of the post to keep the match scoreless.
Barrios was able to break the deadlock in the 83rd minute when a long ball was sent out of the Dallas defense to him on a counter attack. Barrios beat Andrew Wenger before poking the ball through Willis’ legs for the games first goal.
Houston responsed in the 88th minute when Pena was able to turn Matt Hedges on the outside of the penalty box and bet Maurer with a low shot to the right side of the goal.
Turning point: Both sides made adjustments after a fairly uneventful first half. Oscar Pareja brought in Maxi Urruti to spice up the attack, which helped pay off in creating more chances.
Key moment: Houston’s late winner. Simple as that.
Up next: FC Dallas remains on the road next week as they travel west to battle the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night.