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.