HOUSTON, Texas – The Houston Dynamo Reserves defeated the FC Dallas Reserves, 2-1, Tuesday morning at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
Fabian Castillo leveled the score, 1-1, via penalty kick just before halftime but Houston’s Jason Johnson netted a penalty kick attempt of his own to give the Dynamo Reserves the 2-1 win.
The FC Dallas Reserves fielded a lineup of five current academy players and four Homegrown players, but managed to control the tempo of the match early. The team nearly got on the board in the fifth minute when Castillo beat Dynamo Academy defender Christian Gonzalez to the touch line and found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Erich Marscheider. The young Dynamo goalkeeper, however, stayed tall and used his body to prevent two shot attempts and keep the visitors off the board.
After a few near misses in front of goal, the Dynamo broke through in the 33rd minute. Veteran forward Brian Ching earned a foul in FC Dallas’ half of the field and played a quick free kick to the left flank. The ball worked around to left back Mike Chabala, who found the end line and fed Johnson in the six-yard box. Johnson spun and saw his first shot attempt blocked by goalkeeper Chris Seitz, but Creavalle was there to clean up the rebound and give the home side the 1-0 lead.
The visitors were able to pull even in the 42nd minute, when Castillo converted the penalty kick.
The penalty originated after current FC Dallas and former Dynamo midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson sprinted down the left wing and played a cross into the area. Although the ball was cleared away, Creavalle came sliding in late with a tackle and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Castillo laced his attempt down the middle to level the match.
After two saves in the first half, Marscheider was called into action again in the 51st minute. FC Dallas Academy defender Kris Reaves sprinted down the right flank and played in a cross toward the Dynamo six-yard box. Marscheider knocked down the cross and scrambled to his feet to stop the point-blank shot from Victor Ulloa. The rebound fell on the foot of Homegrown striker Bradlee Baladez but the 21-year-old forward could not keep his attempt on frame.
Houston found its winner in the final minutes of the match. After Gonzalez played Johnson into the penalty box, FC Dallas Academy defender Christian de Luna found himself on the wrong side of the Jamaican striker and was whistled for a foul. Johnson completed the play, striking the ball to the right side of Dallas’ Homegrown goalkeeper Richard Sanchez to give the Dynamo the 2-1 lead.
FC Dallas nearly equalized in the 89th minute when second-half sub Bobby Edet was in on goal after a ball played over the top of the Dynamo defense. Marscheider came out to intercept the play, but the ball deflected off of Edet and rolled toward the Dynamo net. Luckily for the Dynamo, defender Christian Gonzalez alertly sprinted back to clear the ball away before it crossed the line.
FC Dallas Reserves will resume MLS Reserve League action when it travels to Toyota Park to take on the Chicago Fire Reserves on Wednesday, May 1. That match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
HOU – Warren Creavalle 2 (unassisted) 33
FCD – Fabian Castillo 1 (penalty kick) 42
HOU – Jason Johnson 1 (penalty kick) 87
HOU – Warren Creavalle (caution) 41
FCD – Marco Ortiz (caution) 43
FCD – Christian de Luna (caution) 89
Houston Dynamo – Erich Marscheider; Christian Gonzalez*, Eric Brunner, Anthony Arena, Mike Chabala; Brian Ownby; Warren Creavalle, Luiz Camargo, Alex Dixon; Jason Johnson, Brian Ching (Bryan Salazar 46).
Subs not used: Tally Hall, Christian Diaz*, Jose Rodriguez*, Irvin Ramirez*.
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz (Richard Sanchez 57); Kris Reaves*, Bobby Warshaw, Christian de Luna*, Kellyn Acosta; Victor Ulloa, Marco Carrizales*, Marco Ortiz*, Je-Vaughn Watson; Fabian Castillo (Bobby Edet*), Bradlee Baladez.
Subs not used: Kyle Zobeck.