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Derby Clinched: FC Dallas downs Houston Dynamo 4-2

Santiago Mosquera scored a brace, Barrios continues to stay hot.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

El Capitán is coming back home to North Texas as FC Dallas downed the Houston Dynamo 4-2 on Saturday night.

Santiago Mosquera picked up two goals in the win, while Reto Ziegler and Michael Barrios also scored goals in the win.

After two straight draws in the series this season, Dallas reclaims the Texas Derby crown, El Capitán, a replica 18th century mountain howitzer cannon.

Ten minutes in Dallas found the back of the net thanks to Barrios’ quick work. Maxi Urruti got the ball on the right wing and then found Barrios who slipped behind the Houston defense. The Colombian then quickly chipped a shot over Joe Willis for his sixth goal in seven games.

Dallas continued to pressure the Dynamo defense with countless chances in the first half. In the 28th minute, Urruti nearly doubled the lead on a curler that just missed the far post.

Five minutes later Willis came up with two big stops on Dominique Badji, who was looking for his third goal in a Dallas uniform. Willis was able to save two straight shots from Badji at point-blank range to keep the deficit at one goal.

Two minutes into the second half FC Dallas doubled their lead when Willis came out to challenge Mosquera at the top of the penalty box for a loose ball. In doing so, Mosquera poked it forward toward the goal for his first of the night.

Three minutes later Mosquera scored his second of the night on another nice exchange between him, Barrios and Victor Ulloa around the penalty box. After a couple give and goes with Ulloa, Mosquera fired a shot from the top of the penalty box that beat Willis at the right post.

Houston responded in the 53rd minute thanks to a bad give away in the midfield where Mauro Manotas was able to pick it up and fire a shot from distance to beat Jesse Gonzalez.

Dallas added a fourth in the 58th minute on a penalty kick goal from Ziegler. Urruti was brought down in the penalty box by Óscar Boniek García.

Houston picked up a penalty kick goal of their own in the 70th minute when Ulloa dragged down Artur Alvarez in the penalty box. Alberth Elis stepped up and scored his 10th of the season.

Key moment: For the first 15 minutes of the second half, it was end-to-end action as the teams traded goals and chances. Dallas dominated the possession and found gaps in the Houston defense to score three goals in the early porting of the second half.

Important stat. Barrios picking up his sixth goal in seven games is big but so was Mosquera getting a brace in this one. Dallas needs both to continue scoring during the stretch run.

Up next: FC Dallas gets a bit of a break as they go into the September FIFA window. They’ll return to action in two weeks as they host the Columbus Crew.