By Mohammad Bushnaq
It's Derby Week! FC Dallas takes on their bitter intrastate rivals, the Houston Dynamo, Saturday night for the first (and only) meeting this season between the two clubs. Last season, FC Dallas played well against the Dynamo, notching two wins in both matches and reclaiming "El Capitan" for the DTID faithful.
WATCH: FCD 3, Houston 2
Game 1 - March 17, 2013 - FC Dallas 3 Houston Dynamo 2: FC Dallas came home to Frisco after a rough loss in Southern California to face their mortal enemies, the Orange from Houston. FC Dallas showed up to this match early, finding the net twice in the first half thanks to two set piece finishes by George John and Andrew Jacobson. After the early 2-0 lead, Andrew Driver entered the match and changed the dynamic for the Dynamo. A sloppy clearance by Michel cost FC Dallas the first goal in the 79th minute as Driver drove a shot under the crossbar and in for Houston's first goal of the game. Four minutes later, Raul Fernandez failed to handle a cross in from Cam Weaver and Brad Davis made him pay, bringing the Dynamo back from the dead for a temporary 2-2 result. In the 90th minute, Kenny Cooper was back "with a bang" sending the FC Dallas fans celebrating a St. Patrick's Day win over the Dynamo.
WATCH: FCD 3, Houston 0 USOC
Game 2 - June 12, 2013 - FC Dallas 3 Houston Dynamo 0: The two teams met again three months later in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Round of 16 at Toyota Stadium. After a rather drab first half an hour, FC Dallas took the lead in the 38th minute off of service from the set-piece wizard, Michel. The Brazilian sent a cross in that found Andrew Jacobson in the box. AJ touched the ball to Kenny Cooper and the striker had his second goal against the Dynamo in three months. Just before the clock struck one hour, Michel and Cooper were at it again. Straight from a corner kick, Cooper thundered home a pinpoint Michel cross for his second goal of the game. FC Dallas completed the rout with a sweet lob by Zach Loyd after Jackson caused a fumble by Dynamo keeper Deric. Loyd collected and calmly placed the ball over the keeper and defenders and in the net for the 3-0 lead. With the result, FC Dallas was through to the quarterfinals.
Last week in Open Cup
Charlotte defeated El Paso 0-1 on a 72nd minute goal in a second round US Open Cup match at El Paso. Charlotte’s Nate Thornton was credited with the goal initially, but post-game both teams agreed it was an own-goal caused by El Paso.
Player to watch – Darryl Roberts
He’s scored three goals in 2012 for Charlotte, good for fourth overall in USL PRO for goal totals this year. Roberts was selected by Toronto FC in the 2007 MLS Supplemental draft, but Roberts played overseas in Europe instead and never donned a jersey for the Reds.
USL PRO play
Charlotte is currently 2-7-2 in league play, good for ninth out of 11 teams. Charlotte lost its most recent match on Saturday 1-2 against Orlando City. Midfielder Christian Meza scored the lone goal of the match for Charlotte.
Open Cup history
Charlotte has never won back-to-back US Open Cup matches. It is 0-1 all-time against MLS teams, losing previously to Chivas USA.