When FC Dallas stunningly fell 5-0 to the Houston Dynamo on the second weekend of the season at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, things could go one of two ways for Oscar Pareja's side.
They chose to fight back reeling off two straight wins after the match en route to a six-game unbeaten run. They've done it again in recent weeks fighting back from a three-game road losing streak with ten points from their last four matches.
In all, FCD is 7-3-3 since that night at BBVA Compass Stadium, a stark contrast to their rivals down I-45.
Since starting the season with four points from their first two matches, things have gone downhill for Houston. Just 2-7-2 since that win over Dallas, the Dynamo sit one point above last place in Major League Soccer and have started the search for a new head coach as Owen Coyle mutually parted ways with the club last week.
Houston responded with a very respectable 1-1 draw at Vancouver on Saturday night and FC Dallas knows that their Texas Derby opponents on Thursday at Toyota Stadium will be no pushovers. However, with a win on Thursday, FCD can secure first place in MLS through the Copa America Centenario break and prove to their opponents that the match in early March was just a fluke.