Either it was the balmy weather in Houston at kickoff, the month-long layoff for the Dynamo or just the struggle for FC Dallas, neither side really looked all that dangerous on the night in front of the net.
Houston did have the better of the ball possession and pressure in the first half. Their best chance came in the 26th minute, as Christian Ramirez took a shot from the right side of the box that forced Jimmy Maurer to make a big save.
Dallas ended the first half with an anemic zero shots on goal as the team struggled to find anything forward against the Dynamo.
Both teams did open things up more in the second half. Houston had several chances with Albert Elis, who got more dangerous as the night went on for the Dynamo. Dallas opened up things as Paxton Pomykal and Brandon Servania came on.
Instant Reaction: Let’s just say that first half was nothing to write home about. It has been a long, long time since I have seen a FC Dallas squad look so pathetic in the attack. No shots on goals. No shots at all, that is something you just don’t see these days. Maybe it was the 3-4-3 formation that started things out or just the fact that there was little movement through the midfield into the attack.
Luchi Gonzalez did make some adjustments for the second half and they instantly made some impact. Fafa Picault looked dangerous at times. Brandon Servania and Paxton Pomykal really opened up the attack. But in the end nothing really tested the Houston keeper on the night.
Thankfully, the Dynamo didn’t have much to test Maurer either.
Man of the Match: Matt Hedges - This is purely for him in passing Jason Kreis as the club’s all-time leader in games appeared in. He did have a strong night in the middle of the defense though as Elis, Rameriez and Darwin Quintero all had moments to give the back line some fits.
What’s next for FC Dallas: It is another quick turnaround for Gonzalez and company as they return home for another two-game home stand next week as they host the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday and then Minnesota United on Saturday.