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FC DALLAS vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO FC

2021 MLS Regular Season
September 18
BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX
FCDallas.com/Stream | KMPX-29 | FCDallas.com/Radio | 1270AM

HOUvDAL

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • FCD record: 6-10-9 (27 pts., 10th in West)
  • HOU record: 4-10-11 (23 pts., 12th in West)
  • FCD vs. HOU all-time: 13-12-16 (64 GF, 57 GA)
  • FCD vs. HOU away: 4-9-8 (29 GF, 34 GA)

TEXAS DERBY PART III

  • FC Dallas travels down to BBVA Stadium to take on Houston Dynamo FC in the third and final Texas Derby this season. Since the clubs drew in their previous two meetings, the outcome of Saturday's match will decide who keeps El Capitán as the winner of the 2021 Texas Derby series. If the clubs tie for a third time, FCD would keep El Capitán as the current holders. Dallas can also clinch the inaugural MLS Copa Tejas title by taking all three points. Most importantly, though, a win would help keep FCD in the tight Western Conference playoff race.

Luchi Gonzalez. "All these little moments add up to things that are important to us. We want to compete and represent FC Dallas with multiple things on the line this weekend, the series, the Derby and the playoff positions. So, it’s a must-win and we know that.”

FACING FAFA

  • FC Dallas will have to contend with former player Fafa Picault this Saturday. Picault is Houston's leading scorer this season with nine goals, two of which have come against FC Dallas from the penalty spot (one in each of the previous games). Dallas' backline will need to keep a close eye on Picault to make sure he doesn't use his speed to slip in behind.

Luchi Gonzalez: "It goes both ways, he’s motivated to play against his old team and we’re motivated to play against him. It goes both ways and that’s what we expect. He’s scored two PKs the last two times so we need to shut that down and not give away those situations."

OBRIAN

  • Dallas winger Jáder Obrian earned his first MLS Team of the Week this Thursday after scoring two goals in the club's wild 3-3 draw away to New York City FC. The brace brought his season tally up to six goals on the year, tied with Jesús Ferreira for second-most on the team (behind Ricardo Pepi's 12). Obrian is also the only player to have played in all 25 games for Dallas so far this season. Considering he's still adapting to MLS after his offseason move from the Colombian first division, there's no where to go but up for the 26-year-old speedster.

Luchi Gonzalez:“He’s still adapting, we know this league is different from where he’s coming from. We’re happy with Jáder’s openness and attitude, it’s been fantastic in the highs and the lows. He’s always giving energy so he’s continuing to adapt and he’s finding really good pressing moments.”

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