It is derby time in Texas. FC Dallas prepare to head down to Houston to do battle with the Dynamo. They hype is not as real this time, however.
Dallas has dominated Houston as of recent. Dallas had an undefeated 2015 against the Dynamo, posting two 4-1 score lines which have become a new battle-cry for Dallas supporters. The rivalry is not suffering because of it. Houston are always the underdogs, and have a chance to really bit Dallas from behind, especially if Dallas roll in thinking they can just walk away with three points.
The Dynamo have not beaten Dallas since June 16th, 2012. Three and a half years is a long time to not win against a team. The Dynamo will come out firing, especially riding the heels of their 3-3 draw with a good Revolution side.
But, while the Dynamo may come out firing, it has been a contrast in team styles during the Pareja and Coyle eras that has led to FC Dallas’ success. The South American flair and speed that Pareja’s boys bring to the table seems to just run right past the English style of Coyle’s Dynamo.
FC Dallas will most likely be without one of its speedier South Americans, Fabian Castillo. The Colombian is still nursing an adductor injury and is listed as questionable. The depth FC Dallas added over the offseason should give them options to replace Castillo outside.
Expect the same Dallas back-line from week one of Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman and Atiba Harris. The four played a solid game at the back, and gave no reason for Pareja to tap into his plethora of resources at the back.
If history is any sign, Dallas rolls, especially with the way they looked week one dominating the Union. Houston has not produced against Dallas, and this FC Dallas team appears to be one of the better ones in a while. However, it is a new year, new teams and a rivalry match. Anything can happen.