FC Dallas blasts Houston Dynamo in grand fashion

Published Friday, May 1, 2015 9:11 PM by Shane Barrow

Is here anything more fun than blasting your in state rival?  Not much.  On Friday night FC Dallas made the trip south to face their Texas rivals from Houston and the Dynamo completely fell into the FCD trap. It was like the orange knew nothing about Dallas at all as they allowed the transition game of Dallas to just blow them away time after time.

FC Dallas sat back and invited Houston forward.  Conceding possession and letting the Dynamo push players forward.  Then Bang!  The dynamic FCD counter attack would punish them and Tyler Deric was digging a ball out of his net before they knew what hit them.  Fabian Castillo and Mauro Diaz of FC Dallas were just too talented and Houston had no answers as they slumped to a bad defeat on home soil.

Is there a more dynamic attacking side in all of MLS this year?  If there is I sure haven't seen them yet.  Both Fabian Castillo and Mauro Diaz scored a goal and notched a pair of assists each on the night.  After giving up the opening two goals to the visitors, Houston had a bit of hope as they scored late in the first half to pull within 2-1 at the break.  The optimism was short lived though when FC Dallas emerged from the locker room and quickly scored twice making the final 30 minutes anti-climactic.

The only downer of the night came on the injury front for Dallas as Zach Loyd was forced off in the opening half due to injury.  Then in second half stoppage time Dallas lost captain and center back Matt Hedges as he stretched to block a Houston shot. FC Dallas could be without both starting central defenders when they return to the field next weekend in Frisco against the LA Galaxy.

With the impressive win Dallas moves to 17 points from 9 games and they take over the #1 position in the MLS Western Conference.  In fact FCD would be current leaders for the Supporters Shield which goes to the high point team in the entire MLS.  Houston sticks in 5th place on 10 points.  Most concerning is the suddenly leaky Dynamo defense that has allowed 8 goals in their last 2 matches.  Not good.  They'll look to right the ship as they face the San Jose Earthquakes next.