Match Recap: FC Dallas 0, Houston Dynamo 1
FRISCO, Texas -- Geoff Cameron scored with three minutes remaining as
the Houston Dynamo earned their first road win of the season on their
16th attempt with a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday afternoon at
Pizza Hut Park.
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Cameron headed home a Brad Davis corner kick to secure all three
points and give the Dynamo the right to retake El Capitán, the 18th
century howitzer cannon symbolic of the Texas Derby rivalry with FC
More importantly for the Dynamo, the win at Pizza Hut Park catapulted
them to first place in the Eastern Conference with 42 points, leading
the Columbus Crew by one point. The Crew play host to the LA Galaxy
later on Saturday night.
The shutout loss for FC Dallas marked their third straight defeat in
league play and extended their scoreless streak to 270 minutes after
striking the woodwork three times against Houston.
Both teams returned vital players to the lineup with Dynamo forward
Brian Ching starting for the first time in two games and FCD’s Marvin
Chávez returning from an ankle injury suffered with the Honduran
national team in early September.
The Dynamo came out of the gates fast with Luiz Camargo registering
the games first shot in the 2nd minute but the team in orange would fail
to generate many more chances in the first half.
Contrary to their CONCACAF Champions League game against
Pumas on Wednesday, FC Dallas put several shots on target in the first
half, forcing Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall to make three early saves,
perhaps none bigger than the one he made on Jackson in the 12th minute.
Combining with Brek Shea with a series of header passes, Jackson worked
his way into the Dynamo 18-yard box and side-winded a Shea pass at Hall,
who sprawled to his right to make a diving save of what looked like a
certain goal for the home side.
With the scoring drought continuing and the first half nearing end,
Andrew Jacobson appeared to have terminated the scoreless stretch when
he volleyed home a ball in the box in the 42nd minute. However, referee
Ricardo Salazar called George John for interfering with the goalkeeper on a 50-50 ball that was punched right at Jacobson’s feet.
In the second half, the Dynamo were kept inside their own defensive
third for a majority of the 45 minutes but FC Dallas couldn't capitalize
with Jackson proving unlucky on the afternoon.
In the 58th minute after taking possession in Houston’s half of
the field, Jackson – who moved to the striker position after the break –
ran at Houston's goalkeeper and from a tight angle the Brazilian hit
the woodwork at the far post to FC Dallas’ frustration.
Minutes later, John headed a ball in the box on frame on a play that
started on a corner kick, but the crossbar was there to thwart him too.
FC Dallas next travel to 2010 MLS Cup champions the Colorado Rapids
on Saturday Oct. 1 while the Dynamo play on the same day at Robertson
Stadium against the Chicago Fire.
HOU -- Geoff Cameron 5 (Brad Davis 14) 87
Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall, Andre
Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Corey Ashe, Adam Moffat, Luiz
Camargo, Brad Davis, Brian Ching (Carlo Costly 78), Calen Carr (Colin
Clark 64), Danny Cruz (Je-Vaughn Watson 58).
Substitutes Not Used: Will Bruin, Hunter Freeman, Jermaine
Taylor, Tyler Deric.
FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd (Jack
Stewart 71), Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jair Benitez, Jackson, Brek
Shea, Andrew Jacobson, Daniel Hernandez, Ricardo Villar (Daniel Cruz
53), Maicon Santos (Marvin Chavez 46).
HOU -- Bobby Boswell (caution; Reckless Tackle) 26
DAL -- Ugo Ihemelu (caution; Reckless Tackle) 33
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee's Assistants: Craig Lowry; Peter Manikowski
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Sunny and 90 degrees