The Texas Derby is a rivalry between the Lone Star State's two MLS clubs, FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo, recognizing the best club in the state for the season. The two squads play a series of games with the winner taking home an 18th-century mountain howitzer cannon named El Capitán. The winner is determined by whichever team earns the most points from MLS Regular Season matches against each other.
FC Dallas has won El Capitán eight times. FCD leads the all-time series in MLS play, boasting a 13-12-14 (W-L-T) record. Since March 17, 2013, FCD is 9-2-3 vs. Houston with 39 goals scored and 24 against. Kenny Cooper and Michael Barrios share FCD's all-time Texas Derby scoring lead with five goals each in MLS play.
2006-07: Houston Dynamo
2008: FC Dallas
2009: Houston Dynamo
2010: FC Dallas
2011-12: Houston Dynamo
2013-15: FC Dallas
2016-17: Houston Dynamo
2018-19: FC Dallas
2020: FC Dallas
The first tiebreaker is the head-to-head regular season series, followed by goal differential in that series. The third tiebreaker is the result of a playoff series (if applicable), followed by results from potential CONCACAF Champions League and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup encounters. If all of these tiebreakers come out even, the holder retains El Capitán.
TOP TEXAS DERBY MOMENTS
|Fri, Aug. 21||0||0||BBVA Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Sat, Sept. 12||2||1||Toyota Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Wed, Oct. 7||0||2||BBVA Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Wed, Oct. 31||3||0||Toyota Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Sat., May 4||1||2||BBVA Compass Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Sun, Aug. 25||5||1||Toyota Stadium, 7:00PM||MLS Regular Season|
FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium retained El Capitán after FCD's dominant 5-1 victory at home to overturn its 2-1 loss in the away leg back in May.
|Sat., July 21||1||1||BBVA Compass Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Thurs., Aug. 23||1||1||BBVA Compass Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Sat., Sept. 1||4||2||Toyota Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
El Capitán returned to Frisco with a series-deciding 4-2 win at Toyota Stadium on the first day of September.
|May 28||0||0||Toyota Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|June 23||1||1||BBVA Compass Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|August 23||3||3||Toyota Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
The teams tied all three matches against each other. Erick Torres scored two goals in the last 20 minutes for the Dynamo to earn a 3-3 and retain El Capitán via tiebreaker.
|March 12||0||5||BBVA Compass Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|June 2||1||1||Toyota Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|July 20||1||0||BBVA Compass Stadium||Open Cup Quarterfinals|
|August 27||3||1||BBVA Compass Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
FC Dallas dropped its worst defeat of the series before drawing at Toyota Stadium. FCD won the Opem Cup Quarterfinal match and the last regular season match, but the Dynamo win El Capitán via goal difference tiebreaker, 7-5, after teams split regular season series 1-1-1
|May 1||4||1||BBVA Compass Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|June 26||2||0||Toyota Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Oct. 4||4||1||Toyota Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
FC Dallas dominated the series, winning all three games against Houston, while outscoring their foes 10-2. David Texeira scored three goals, while Mauro Diaz and Fabian Castillo scored twice.
|April 5||4||1||BBVA Compass Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|June 24||3||2||BBVA Compass Stadium||Open Cup Round of 16|
FCD defeated Houston 4-1 on the road in the only regular season match of the season, then added a 3-2 extra time victory in Open Cup play thanks to a Tesho Akindele winner.
|March 17||3||2||FC Dallas Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|June 26||3||0||FC Dallas Stadium||Open Cup Round of 16|
FCD's Kenny Cooper scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute to earn a 3-2 win. Dallas also won 3-0 with Cooper adding two more goals in Open Cup play.
|June 16||1||2||BBVA Compass Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
In the lone match of the year, Houston defeated Dallas, 2-1. Jair Benitez was handed a red card for FCD.
|May 28||2||2||Robertson Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Sept. 24||0||1||Pizza Hut Park||MLS Regular Season|
FCD split the spoils at Robertson Stadium, returning home with an important point in the rivalry's opening game, but Houston nabbed an El Capitán winner in the 87th minute of the second meeting.
|March 27||1||1||Pizza Hut Park||MLS Regular Season|
|May 5||1||0||Robertson Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
Dallas took El Capitan outright for the first time, winning on the road and drawing at home to come out on top.
|May 9||0||1||Robertson Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|June 13||1||3||Pizza Hut Park||MLS Regular Season|
|Aug. 6||1||0||Pizza Hut Park||MLS Regular Season|
The Dynamo took two of the three matchups, including one on the road. There were two shutouts this season, one for each team, in what was a relatively low-scoring Derby year.
|April 6||3||3||Robertson Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|May 28||2||2||Pizza Hut Park||MLS Regular Season|
|June 26||1||1||Robertson Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
Split down the middle, the spoils were shared amongst the two sides this year. Every match featured at least two goals and Dallas won El Capitán via an away goals tiebreaker, 4-2.
|June 3||1||2||Robertson Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|June 30||0||0||Pizza Hut Park||MLS Regular Season|
|Aug. 19||0||1||Robertson Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Sept. 30||0||3||Pizza Hut Park||MLS Regular Season|
|Oct. 27||1||0||Pizza Hut Park||MLS Cup Playoffs
Western Conference Semifinals
|Nov. 2||1||4||Robertson Stadium||MLS Cup Playoffs
Western Conference Semifinals (AET)
In six total matches, Houston stayed on top with three regular season wins and one draw. The lone victory for FC Dallas was the first leg of a playoff matchup, a series that FCD lost on aggregate, 4-2.
|May 6||3||4||Roberston Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|May 13||1||1||Pizza Hut Park||MLS Regular Season|
|Aug. 12||0||1||Robertson Stadium||MLS Regular Season|
|Aug. 23||0||3||Robertson Stadium||Open Cup Quarterfinal|
|Sept. 2||1||0||Pizza Hut Park||MLS Regular Season|
FC Dallas fell 4-3 in a back-and-forth opening match of the in-state rivalry. Houston would take the series with a 2-1-1 regular season record and a 3-0 Open Cup win.