- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 29, 2008
- 2 Comments
Something about a derby match or rivalry between two MLS sides that always seems to bring out the best in the clubs. You see that between Chivas USA and LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids, Columbus and Toronto now days, and DC against just about anyone in the eastern conference.
The rivalry in Texas is no different.
Houston brings it to the table each and every time they play Dallas. At least for the large part when the games are in Dallas, the Hoops bring it to the table as well. Tonight was no different as the two clubs battled their way to another draw, 2-2 thanks to another stoppage time and game-tying goal from Houston.
The low crowd for this one (8,541) was pretty expected for this one as midweek games in Dallas never seem to do well, unless you have a David Beckham in town. Those fans on hand did see a decent game that saw four goals and two red cards.
Dallas drew first blood in the opening half of play with a sweet Kenny Cooper goal. If you haven’t seen a replay of the game, do yourself a favor and watch it. The first touch was great and the finish was even better.
Houston was able to respond in the early part of the second half with Cory Ashe. A goal that was one that would make anyone in Dallas upset with as it was yet another pathetic defensive effort on the play.
The play went back and forth for a while after that as both clubs pushed for possession. Houston had the better part of the ball and the shots on goal in this one tonight. But Dallas was able to stick their noses ahead once more with a corner from Andre Rocha. The bending ball found the head of Drew Moor who put home his first goal of the season.
But naturally with these two clubs and this series, Houston wasn’t finished.
After a couple fouls and some chippy play, both clubs went down a man thanks to a straight red to Rocha and a second yellow to Houston’s Eddie Robinson. From then Houston was able to get some more possession that ultimately lead to their game tying goal from Dwayne De Rosario.
I must say from watching this game, the clubs were pretty much even all across the board. Dallas had just as many chances on net as Houston and both club’s defenses let them down in this one.
I enjoyed the play of De Rosario late in the game. His ability to find the net showed that Houston, even with the stumble last week to San Jose, isn’t going away here this season. We know there are some issues with their roster and that they really need another striker to help out Brian Ching, but they still have the ability and the talent to make things happen in this league.
Dallas played pretty well though tonight. I was pleased with their effort for the most part. I also like the lineup on the field as well as most of the subs. They were a bit predictable considering the fact that the Hoops have two games this week. Its important to keep the players as fresh as possible and Marco Ferruzzi has done a decent enough job so far in the interim role as Hoops coach.
I don’t take a whole lot away from this game. It shows just how jam packed the western conference is right now in MLS. Neither club looks like a true MLS Cup contender at this point though. Dallas is too young and inexperienced, while Houston just doesn’t have that killer mentality that we are use to seeing out of them. Again, a lot of that comes from their lack of movements in the offseason to off set the losses up top in the striker role.
Both sides return to action this weekend. Houston hosts New York at Robertson Stadium on Saturday night while FCD travels to Colorado to face the Rapids at Dicks Sporting Goods Park on Sunday afternoon.
DAL — Kenny Cooper 6 (Pablo Ricchetti 2) 35
HOU — Corey Ashe 1 (Dwayne De Rosario 1, Brian Ching 2) 59
DAL — Drew Moor 1 (Andre Rocha 5) 69
HOU — Dwayne De Rosario 3 (unassisted) 93
Houston Dynamo — Pat Onstad, Craig Waibel, Bobby Boswell, Eddie Robinson, Geoff Cameron, Brian Mullan (Corey Ashe 46), Dwayne De Rosario, Richard Mulrooney, Stuart Holden (Chris Wondolowski 85), Kyle Brown (Brad Davis 58), Brian Ching,
Substitutes Not Used: Tony Caig, Franco Caraccio, Mike Chabala, Patrick Ianni
FC Dallas — Dario Sala, Drew Moor, Duilio Davino (Aaron Pitchkolan 46), Adrian Serioux, Pablo Ricchetti, Marcelo Saragosa, Juan Toja, Blake Wagner, Andre Rocha, Kenny Cooper (Abe Thompson 88), Dominic Oduro (Arturo Alvarez 72),
Substitutes Not Used: Eric Avila, Ray Burse, Michael Dello-Russo, Anthony Wallace
HOU — Stuart Holden (caution; Reckless Foul) 18
HOU — Eddie Robinson (caution; Deliberate Handball) 57
DAL — Dario Sala (caution; Delaying a Restart) 74
DAL — Marcelo Saragosa (caution; Pushing, Holding) 80
HOU — Eddie Robinson (ejection; Second Caution) 80
DAL — Andre Rocha (ejection; Violent Conduct) 80