By Clay Massey
In the battle for El Capitan, FC Dallas dispatched of their in-state rivals Houston quite easily by a score of 4-1. A 60’ minute red card to Dynamo’s David Horst for a slide tackle on Fabian Castillo helped Dallas’ case and allowed them to win the 25th Texas Derby with 3 second half goals. Giles Barnes and Will Bruin were up top for the Houston Dynamo, and FC Dallas had David Texeira up top for them.
Houston had control up to the moment of the red card. Then, FC Dallas put the hammer down to score three goals in 10 minutes. After a dominant opening 30 minutes for Houston, FC Dallas was able to open the scoring from the penalty spot after a Ricardo Clarke foul on Mauro Diaz. Penalty specialist Michel converted for FC Dallas to make it 1-0. Houston got on the board in the 41’ minute when a free kick from the left of the box found Ricardo Clark’s head to make up for giving away the penalty. Clark’s header beat Chris Seitz and found the top right corner to make it 1-1.
The game took a complete 180 turn in the direction of Dallas in the 60’ minute when David Horst was sent off for a possibly leg breaking tackle on Fabian Castillo along the touchline. This opened the floodgates for Houston and they would never find their way back. The resulting free-kick led to a Je-Vaughn Watson header goal to make it 2-1 in the 61’ minute. Watson added what he thought to be a second header off a corner in the 68’ minute, but it was actually regarded as an own goal to Giles Barnes of the Dynamo. A goal is a goal none-the-less and it was 3-1 FC Dallas. Watson added another brace in the 70’ minute after making the most of the space left by the man advantage to make it 4-1. After good build-up and a perfect through-ball from Mauro Diaz allowed for Watson to slide it past Tally Hall to complete his “hat-trick.”
Houston had a chance to get a consolation goal in the 81’ minute after a Jair Benitez foul on Kofi Sarkodie just inside the box. The resulting penalty was taken by Boniek Garcia, but a sprawling Chris Seitz made the save to his right. The match would end at 4-1, and Dallas gets the honor of keeping El Capitan. The statement has been made for FC Dallas, and Houston was left with their tails between their legs in an embarrassing derby defeat. FC Dallas plays host to Seattle next, and Houston travels to Gillette Stadium to take on the Revolution.