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FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo trade first half goals in 1-1 draw

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The Texas rivals settle for a draw in the first meeting of 2021.

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The first match of the 2021 Texas Derby felt like a rivalry game to say the least as FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo ended the match in a 1-1 draw that saw each side score in the first half.

Houston scored in the 33rd minute on a penalty kick from Fafa Picualt. Bressan was whistled in the penalty box for a handball and the former FC Dallas winger stepped up to the spot and beat Phelipe to the right.

FC Dallas tied it up in the 41st minute thanks to a wonderful ball to the back post from Ricaurte to Bryan Acosta who then cooly played it across the middle of the box to Obrian.

Both sides traded some blows in the second half but neither were able to truly get anything good on frame. The best chance for FC Dallas came in the 71st minute as Paxton Pomykal and Ricaurte played a little give-and-go through the midfield before springing Obrian free in the penalty box. Unfortunately for FCD, the winger was offside before being able to get a shot off.

Instant reaction: In some ways, this felt like a classic rivalry match with both sides taking their shots and giving each other their best stuff. Let’s also not forget how much the ref was involved in this one too. But in reality, it was a game of two teams that are still feeling things out here in the early stages of the season.

All the good energy and momentum that FCD had from the win over Portland almost died moments into the match as the Houston press really showed to be an issue for the backline. Obviously, this is one game you’d want to see a little more out of FC Dallas in as they had some decent chances. You also don’t want to drop points at home like this either.

Man of the match: While he did get an assist on the game-tying goal, it was Acosta’s passing on the day that really caught my attention. He seems to finally be in a role that suits his style of play the best as his passing numbers were solid and he’s no longer just taking wild attempts on goal.

What’s next for FC Dallas: The club hits the road again here as they head north to take on Minnesota United.