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Defining Moment No. 3: "Cannon Fodder"

Its been a memorable season of unbeaten runs and records for FC Dallas in 2010.  After a remarkable regular-season campaign that has the club in the postseason for the first time since 2007, has decided to take a look back at five moments that defined FCD in 2010.  We’ll be revealing one every other day leading up to FC Dallas’ Nov. 6 game at Rio Tinto Stadium against Real Salt Lake.



May 5, 2010 at Robertson Stadium
FC Dallas 1, Houston Dynamo 0

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The second match of the 2010 Texas Derby took place on Cinco de Mayo in Houston.  The first match was a 1-1 tie at Pizza Hut Park, meaning that FC Dallas would have to win at Robertson Stadium in order to bring El Capitan back to Frisco – a task they had never before accomplished.

The match marked Kevin Hartman’s first start in goal during the regular season for FC Dallas – a role he would not relinquish until a knee injury sidelined him in September. The in-state rivals were a stalemate for the majority of the match.  Then, in the 72nd minute, FCD defender Jair Benitez was sent off for an elbow to Dynamo forward Luis Landin.

But FCD did not sit back and play defense, despite being a man down.  In the 79th minute Dallas’ Ugo Ihemelu scored a header off a set piece that would be the game-winner and make FC Dallas the winners of the in-state rivalry for the season.

The match was FCD’s first shutout of the season, first win of the season and first win at Robertson Stadium since the Dynamo joined Major League Soccer in 2006. 

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Stay tuned to to see the top three defining moments of FC Dallas’ 2010 campaign.