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Both FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo have found it challenging in the past to have the upper hand over each other in this fixture. There have been 2 draws in the last five league games between the two sides – something that could become three in five this weekend.
Both teams are doing well and are on a similar path. They started the season with draws and both lost 1-0 in their second game of the season. Since then, they’ve both used their starts as wake-up calls and been unbeaten, picking up 3 wins and 2 draws each.
Dallas and Dynamo met in preseason earlier this year and the Texas side managed to pick up the win. It was the first-ever non-competitive game between the two sides as they had only met in the league or the US Open Cup before.
In the last meeting at the Toyota Stadium, Dallas came from behind to draw 1-1. Fafà Picault put the away side ahead from the spot in the 34th minute, but their lead lasted just 8 minutes as Jader Obrian equalized for the home side. The teams failed to break each other’s defense in the second half, and the points were shared.
We wouldn’t put it past these teams to pick up another draw in the fixture, but expect both of them to score.
In preseason, Dallas had managed to beat Orlando City SC, San Antonio FC, and Houston Dynamo in their club friendlies, while being held to a goalless draw by Chicago Fire.
However, the season did not start as expected for Nico Estévez and his men. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Toronto FC at home in the first game. Jader Obrian scored inside the first 10 minutes to hand them the lead before Jesus Ferreira’s goal was disallowed right after the half-hour mark. Jonathan Osorio made the most of the opportunity and equalized for Toronto, and they walked away with a point.
It got worse for the Texas side as they were beaten 1-0 by the New England Revolution in the second week. The home side took the lead right at half-time, thanks to a penalty from Carles Gil. The goal was enough to see them through as Dallas failed to get a single shot on target in the second half.
The Dallas players didn’t let their heads drop and picked themselves up, with a win over Nashville. They had to wait until the 85th minute to get their first goal, and it was from the spot. Franco Jara made no mistake with his penalty, and Alan Velasco made it 2-0 minutes later.
The late win proved to be a confidence-booster for them, and they started off in fine fashion against Portland Timbers. Ferreira got his first goal of the season in the 26th minute, and he managed to add two more before halftime. The striker completed his hat-trick in just 10 minutes, and that ended any chance Timbers had of making a comeback in the game. Jarosław Niezgoda pulled one back for the away side just after the hour mark, but Paul Arriola sealed the 4-1 win in the 77th minute.
Chicago Fire were up next for the Texas side, and just like the clash in preseason, this game ended goalless too. Both sides went for the win but could not get behind each other’s defenses, each managing only a shot on target.
Dallas were disoriented by the goalless draw, and it took them some time to get back. Diego Rubio handed Colorado Rapids the lead at the half-hour mark in their next game, and the home side had to wait until the end of the half to equalize. Brandon Servania found the back of the net for Dallas before Ferreira’s brace in the second half sealed a 3-1 win.
It seemed like they had regained their confidence but were held to a goalless draw once again this past weekend, this time by the New York Red Bulls. All in all, it hasn’t been too shabby a start for the Texan team.
Houston Dynamo played six preseason matches that did not go as planned. They won just three games and were beaten by FC Dallas and Austin FC in the others.
Dynamo started their MLS season with a draw against Real Salt Lake, like when the two sides had met before the season. While the friendly game ended in a 1-1 draw, the season opener for both seasons ended goalless. The Houston side dominated the game and had 62 percent of the possession, although they only managed the same number of shots on target as Salt Lake – just two.
They were made to pay for their mistakes in the final third during the second game week, as Sporting Kansas City beat them 1-0. The home side were in control of the game from the very start, but it was Rémi Walter’s goal at the hour-mark that separated the two sides.
Vancouver Whitecaps tried to take advantage of Dynamo’s poor form and were quick off the mark. They took the lead via Lucas Cavallini in the 14th minute and decided to defend deep. The move did not work as Darwin Quintero pulled Houston level in the 33rd minute before adding another minutes after the break. The Whitecaps tried to attack until the very end for the equalizer, but failed and ended up losing 2-1.
Colorado Rapids made things difficult for Houston but made the same mistake as Vancouver. They took the lead just before halftime via Mark-Anthony Kaye and shut shop in the second half. Dynamo enjoyed possession of the ball and attacked until Tyler Pasher’s 90th-minute goal to pull level.
The late goal gave Houston a small boost in confidence, and they showed that in their game against Inter Miami in the next game week. Darwin Quintero scored the opening goal, while Picault got a second-half brace to help them win 3-1. Gonzalo Higuaín got the lone goal for Inter, and it was from the spot midway through the second half.
San Jose Earthquakes took the game to Houston, and the 7-goal thriller was easily one of the best games of the season. Sebastián Ferreira handed Dynamo the lead in the 8th minute before Jeremy Ebobisse’s double turned the game around for San Jose. Darwin Quintero equalized just before half-time to shift momentum, and it worked. Teenage Hadebe scored 12 minutes after the break before Ferreira got his second of the game in the 68th minute to make it 4-2. Tommy Thompson pulled one back in the 77th minute to make it an exciting finish, but no more goals were scored.
The game was followed by a goalless draw against Portland Timbers, where Teenage Hadebe was sent off and will be missing the game this weekend as a result.
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|FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo Information|
|Teams||FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo|
|Time||Saturday, April 23 at 3pm EST|
|How to watch||Univision, TUDN, Twitter (English audio)|
Varun is a web journalist who has been writing on sports for 13 years. He took a shine for the MLS during the 2021 season and has been following it and writing about it since, alongside his work involving the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Serie A. He is deeply interested in soccer analytics and strategy and has aspirations to move into coaching at some point. Email: [email protected]More info on Varun Shetty
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