That's A Wrap: Analysis of Houston vs FC Dallas
1. Normally the first half has been a fairly safe haven for FC Dallas, but they got off to the worst possible start. A bouncing ball in the 3rd minute was played out to Dynamo midfielder Calen Carr who found some space on the right side. Dallas defender Hernan Pertuz was able to cut off Carr’s service in to Will Bruin. However his attempted clearance deflected off Bruin and into the Dallas net. It was just the second goal FCD has allowed in the first 15 minutes of a game this season and Bruin’s team-leading 6th goal for the Dynamo.
2. FC Dallas found the equalizer in the 59th minute. Scott Sealy found some space at top of the box and let a shot go that deflected up in the air. Jackson, Dallas’ best player on the evening, was in the perfect position and unleashed an unstoppable volley past Tally Hall to tie things up. It was Jackson’s first goal for FC Dallas this season and a deserved equalizer.
3. Red cards have been one of the biggest downfalls for Dallas during this 10-game winless run and unfortunately FCD was sent down to ten men for the fourth time this season soon after Jackson’s goal. An off-the-ball incident between Jair Benitez and Colin Clark was spotted by the linesman and he instructed referee Jair Marrufo to send off the Dallas left back. Replays were inconclusive on whether the contact between Benitez’s arm and Clark was intentional, but the red card proved to be the catalyst that sparked Houston to recover from the Dallas goal and score their 76th minute game-winner.