It was a sluggish first half until the ridiculous goal from Ricuarte in the 28th minute. Jara attempted to get the ball into the Houston penalty box but was denied by a Dynamo defender. As the ball was played out of the penalty box, another Dynamo player attempted to clear the ball but only as far as Ricuarte who whipped in a left-footed volley from 30 yards out to beat the Houston keeper Marco Maric.
Houston responded with a fancy goal of their own from Memo Rodriguez right before halftime on a free kick outside the Dallas penalty box.
Right after halftime Dallas had two non-calls go against them, first with a shot from Santiago Mosquera that was saved by Maric but replays showed that the ball clearly went over the goal line. Moments later Bryan Reynolds was tripped up in the penalty box but again the center official denied the chance at a penalty kick.
Dallas did make it count though when it mattered as Michael Barrios chipped a ball into the run of Jara in the 61st minute where he was able to get a cheeky touch on the ball to beat Maric.
Instant Reaction: At times it wasn’t pretty but sometimes you just need goals and a defensive outing like this one. I can’t blame the defense too much for the lone Houston goal (and really, it was a hell of a strike that few keepers would have been able to stop). But seeing how the attack came alive with Jara and Ricuarte, and even Barrios looked more like his old self too. This feel like they are trending in a positive direction here.
Man of the Match: This one could go a couple ways here and you shouldn’t be wrong with either nod. Ricuarte was active and exactly what you want out there in a playmaker while Reynolds was a beast on the right side.
What’s next for FC Dallas: The guys will remain at home for the next game as they host the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night.