MLS Regular Season
El Capitán will stay in North Texas, as FC Dallas pounced with three second half goals to beat a 10-man Houston Dynamo for a 4-1 victory in the 25th overall meeting of the Texas Derby.
Using the word "derby" to describe a sporting contest between local rivals can be traced all the way back to 19th-century England. The Texas Derby is a much more recent creation, of course, but it can already boast a tradition of intense and dramatic contests watched by large, noisy crowds.
Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas
Saturday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
Brian Ching accumulated a huge stack of Texas Derby memories during his eight seasons as a Dynamo striker. What stood out for him the most was the noise and passion generated by supporters. "I remember our crowds," he told HoustonDynamo.com. "That energy and that rivalry between the cities found its way to the games in a lot of ways."
Regardless of records, rivalry games carry weight with fans. When the game features two in-form teams, the intensity is sure to rise on the field as well.
As the Houston Dynamo prepare to host in-state rival FC Dallas on Saturday (7 p.m. CT; TICKETS), they know the club traveling south is on a good run of form and ready to strike with a team that has adapted seamlessly to the preachings of new boss Oscar Pareja.
The Texas Derby is upon us. Eddie Robinson breaks down Saturday's rivalry match, plus hear from Dominic Kinnear, Giles Barnes, Kofi Sarkodie and Tony Cascio.
The Dynamo's target this weekend: three points, one cannon, state pride. Houston will look to bounce back from a defeat by handing FC Dallas their first loss of the season at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday (7 p.m. CT, TICKETS).