FRISCO, Texas -- The Lone Star State’s two MLS teams will face off on Saturday for El Capitan and the right to be called the best team in the state of Texas (Sept. 24, 3:00 p.m. at Pizza Hut Park - PURCHASE TICKETS).
The first leg of the Texas Derby saw Houston climb out of two one-goal deficits to pick up a dramatic draw against FC Dallas. Houston responded to a 1-0 first half deficit, tying the game in the 42nd-minute on a blast from Cam Weaver. After FC Dallas took a 2-1 lead on a Ugo Ihemelu header, the Dynamo scored in the 87th minute, coming back from a man down to tie it at 2-2.
Since the first leg, FC Dallas has played five more games than the Dynamo, compiling a 14-6-4 record to Houston’s 7-6-6 over that span.
FC Dallas comes into the game off a home loss against the New York Red Bulls. Although FC Dallas dominated possession for most of the game, a quick counter attack took the defense off guard and Luke Rodgers slotted a shot past goalkeeper Kevin Hartman for the 1-0 win [WATCH THE HIGHLIGHT].
FC Dallas is looking to regain its swagger after a tough stretch of league and CONCACAF Champions League games. Fatigue could play a factor in the match for FC Dallas, but the effort and fitness level has been there for their recent string of games.
The Dynamo have won the Texas Derby three out of five times, but FC Dallas won the most recent edition and is in position to win this series at home.
The latest in a long string of back and forth pranks between the two clubs saw a #Brek4MVP banner flown over the Dynamo’s most recent home game. [READ MORE]
FC Dallas – First Wild Card, Fourth in West
Houston Dynamo – Third Wild Card, Fourth in East
FC Dallas 0, NY Red Bulls 1 [READ THE RECAP]
Houston Dynamo 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1 [READ THE RECAP]
FC Dallas – Brek Shea (10)
Houston Dynamo – Brian Ching, Will Bruin (5)