FC Dallas use strong second half to draw Colorado Rapids

While the severe weather in Texas was the extreme heat that impacted matches in San Antonio and Houston, in Colorado it was a different story. Severe weather delayed FC Dallas’ match against Colorado Rapids by 45 minutes but eventually they got on the pitch, with FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids playing out a 1-1 draw at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night.

After just ten minutes FC Dallas had their first chance of the match when Ryan Hollingshead flicked a ball over the Colorado defense. That allowed Michael Barrios to run on to it but new Rapids keeper, Tim Howard, did well and made the save.

Colorado’s first chance came in the 21st minute as Shkelzen Gashi flicked the ball on for Kevin Doyle, who shot but was denied by a Maynor Figueroa clearance off the line. In the 33rd minute Marlon Hairston ran through the FC Dallas defense and ran on goal, that allowed him to shoot but the shot was deflected after a strong recovery from the FC Dallas defense.

With one minute before the break, Colorado finally got the goal they were hunting for after another run from Hairston. He ran up from midfield and was able to round the keeper, leaving himself with an easy finish to give Colorado a 1-0 lead at the break.

Just after the hour mark FC Dallas went close to getting an equalizer through an impressive free-kick. Mauro Diaz sent the ball in, finding Atiba Harris who got a shot away but it was much too tame, allowing Howard a simple save.

After they dominated the second half, FC Dallas finally broke through with just eight minutes to play through a stunning strike. Victor Ulloa got on the end of a clearance and hit a powerful strike from 30 yards out that hit the top corner of the net. Toward the very end of the match, Michael Barrios hit a powerful shot which could have stolen three points for FC Dallas but Howard saved well to keep the final score 1-1.


Houston heat stifles scoreless draw with Vancouver

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Houston Dynamo have picked up a point as they fought out a scoreless draw, continuing their home clean-sheet run. This draw came against Vancouver Whitecaps as Houston’s improved defensive performances under new coach Wade Barrett continued.

Interestingly in this match, Houston changed their shape, with two strikers starting up front, a change from Barrett’s usual 4-2-3-1 shape. That extra striker proved to be Erick Torres, in just his third start of the season, with Dynamo taking advantage before he heads to Rio for the Olympic Games.

The Dynamo’s best chance of the first half came late in the half as Will Bruin was able to create space and two clear chances. But on both chances Bruin could not beat the keeper as David Ousted saved both opportunities well, keeping the match scoreless at half-time.

The best chance of the match came in the 71st minute when Boniek Garcia was able to find some space just outside the box. That allowed him to hit a curling strike, which beat Ousted, but could only find the post, dribbling across the face, and eventually going wide.

Only Vancouver got the ball in the back of the net, coming six minutes from time when Erik Hurtado put it away. But the goal was disallowed as Hurtado handled the ball in the buildup, and earned a yellow card for his troubles.

At the death Houston Dynamo had two good chances, the first came to David Horst after a cross from Abdoulie Mansally but his header was very well saved by Ousted. That allowed a corner which came in for Torres, who went down under pressure, but the referee waved away Houston’s protests for a penalty, ending the match scoreless.

Stoppage time goal sees FC Dallas eliminate Dynamo

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FC Dallas clinched a place in the US Open Cup Semi-Finals on Wednesday night thanks to a stoppage time winner at BBVA Compass Stadium. Fabian Castillo scored the winner for FC Dallas as they defeated fierce rivals Houston Dynamo 1-0 in the US Open Cup Quarter-Finals.

It was the third time in four years that FC Dallas have eliminated Houston Dynamo from the cup, this time on solid work from Castillo to win the match. It came after a Kellyn Acosta long ball, which was partially cleared by Jalil Anibaba but only as far as Castillo, who got to the top of the box and hit a low shot, just part Joe Willis.

Being a cup match that would mean a loss eliminated the side, and so that kept things tight in the early going. The match didn’t really have its first chance until the half hour when Mauro Diaz released Michael Barrios on a counter-attack, he tried to find Maxi Urruti but it was put out for a corner which Houston cleared.

FC Dallas kept on attacking and the next one was Diaz releasing Urruti up the left, allowing him to control the ball. That saw him get space, heading it forward for his own run, but Joe Willis saved the shot well, keeping it scoreless at half-time.

Dynamo had the first chance of the second half with Dynamo cup specialist, Mauro Manotas being the man with the chance. Abdoulie Mansally crossed in for Manotas right on the line but Chris Seitz got down well and made a great point-blank save.

Urruti continued to be a target and in the 55th minute he was played in by Castillo, putting him in behind the defense. Urruti managed a first touch attempt to chip the keeper and it beat Willis but sailed just over the bar.

Dynamo responded well and had a great chance just before the hour mark when Agus was able to send the ball for Cristian Maidana. That allowed Maidana to play Manotas through and Manotas’ shot was hit powerfully and beat the keeper but could only find the crossbar, keeping it scoreless.

As the match got later and later the two teams started to shut up shop, and there was one final chance for the Dynamo. Giles Barnes was brought down outside the box, allowing a free kick which Maidana played short for Barnes to shoot but his effort was charged down. That was the final chance until Castillo’s stoppage time winner, sending FC Dallas to the semi-final, where they will play LA Galaxy in Los Angeles.

Houston Dash finally score again

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After what seemed like a life-time without a goal, three came at once as Houston Dynamo managed a big victory on Saturday night. Taking advantage of their opponents being undermined by the Olympics, Houston Dash managed a 3-0 win over Portland Thorns at BBVA Compass Stadium.


Coming in to the match on a 560 minute scoreless streak, Houston Dash got started quickly opening the scoring in the seventh minute. It was an impressive cross from Kealia Ohai as it went past two defenders, but also Melissa Henderson, but Racel Daly got on the end of it, clipping it off the crossbar and over the line for the goal.

While the Dash were doing well in terms of possession, that would be all either side could manage as Portland did well defensively. Portland had scattered possession and struggled to really go for the match as Dash were dominant.

Amber Brooks punished Portland for letting her go in the 68th minute after she scored thanks to a half-cleared corner. Becca Moros’ shot back in to the box was deflected and fell to Brooks who ran on the back post scoring a simple tap-in, her first Dash goal.

The win was wrapped up with seven minutres to play when Kealia Ohai did it all herself as she made a strong run. Ohai tried to find Megean Crosson with a pass but it came off a defender, calling back for Ohai, allowing her to round the defense and then curl the ball off the post and in to the back of the net to seal the 3-0 win.