Match Recap: FC Dallas 1, Houston Dynamo 1

FRISCO, Texas (Thursday, June 2) – FC Dallas (8-4-4, 28 points) pulled level with the Colorado Rapids atop the MLS standings with 28 points after tonight’s 1-1 draw with the Houston Dyanamo at Toyota Stadium.

FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo kicked off in a heavy downpour only to have referee Kevin Stott halt the match in the fourth minute due to the unplayable conditions created by the puddling water.

Following a 1:53 minute delay, the Texas Derby resumed at 10:05 p.m. CT.

Dallas put its first shot on goal in the 22nd minute, when defender Walker Zimmerman got on the end of a free kick that was earned and taken by Mauro Diaz. Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric was in good position and made a difficult save, on Zimmerman’s header, look easy.

But one minute later, FC Dallas took a 1-0 lead when Fabian Castillo found space on the left flank. The Colombian sped past his defender, applied the brakes and let Houston’s Jalil Anibaba fly by him. With time to pick out a pass, Castillo set the table for Ryan Hollingshead, who beat Deric high to the goalkeeper’s right side. Deric did well to get a hand on the shot from close range, but the ball caught the bottom of the crossbar and settled into the netting to give Dallas an early edge.

Houston came within inches of tying the match in the 39th minute, when another free kick by Diaz was headed away from danger in Dallas’ offensive third of the pitch. The Dynamo quickly started a counter attack that culminated in a shot from Boniek Garcia, 25-yards from goal. Fortunately for Dallas, the rising line drive zipped past the far post just before halftime, keeping FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz’s 199 minute shutout streak intact.

Houston’s Ricardo Clark brought the streak to an end, 205 minutes after it started, when he hammered a shot just inside the near post. The midfielder reacted first to a loose ball, 25-yards from goal and blasted a shot high over Seitz’s outstretched arms

The Dynamo’s Will Bruin set up Andrew Wenger for a shot to take the lead in the 59th minute. After winning the ball back, Bruin raced down the left flank, put on the brakes and played a ball across the top of the area. Wenger’s initial shot was stopped by Seitz, who made a diving save to his left side, but the rebound skipped back to the forward. A desperation slide-tackle by Kellyn Acosta put Wenger’s shot off just enough to force Wenger’s attempt wide of the right post. 

Pushing for a go-ahead goal late, Dallas earned several free kick attempts but Houston’s defense held steady and the match ended in a 1-1 draw, extending Dallas’ home unbeaten streak to 13 games – the second-longest streak in club history.