Match Preview: Dynamo at FC Dallas

Texas rivals battle for in-state bragging rights

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THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas
Saturday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
All-time series: Houston leads 8-3-7

BROADCAST INFORMATION
La Ranchera 850 - 6:00 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 6:00 p.m.
ESPN2 - 6:30 p.m. (Comcast: SD = 34 HD = 634; AT&T U-Verse: SD= 606  HD=1606; DirecTV: 206; Dish Network: 144)

PREVIEW
“El Capítan” is once again on offer to the winner as the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas meet for the only time this season in league play for Texas supremacy. The Dynamo saw their four-game unbeaten run come to an end last weekend in a 3-1 loss at Vancouver. FC Dallas return to league action after their league winless run was stretched to nine games in a 3-2 loss at Real Salt Lake.

REFEREE 
Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Brian Dunn; 4th: Mark Kadlecik

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM (As of Tuesday, June 12)
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Kofi Sarkodie (R foot sprain); DF Alex Dixon (concussion); QUESTIONABLE: GK Erich Marscheider (R shoulder sprain) … FC DALLAS – OUT: MF David Ferreira (R foot surgery); MF Bobby Warshaw (R foot fracture); DF Ugo Ihemelu (concussion symptoms);  MF Brek Shea (L foot contusion); QUESTIONABLE: DF Hernan Pertuz (R ankle sprain); MF Ricardo Villar (R foot strain); DF Alex Lee (lower abdominal strain); DF George John (concussion symptoms); PROBABLE: DF Jair Benitez (L knee/ankle sprain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: None

HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (18 meetings): Dynamo 8 wins, 26 goals … FC Dallas 3 wins, 18 goals … Ties 7
AT HOUSTON (9 meetings): Dynamo 5 wins, 15 goals … FC Dallas 1 win, 11 goals … Ties 3

LAST YEAR (MLS):
5/28: HOU 2, DAL 2 (Weaver 42; Clark 87 – Jacobson 27; Ihemelu 70)
9/24: DAL 0, HOU 1 (Cameron 87)

  • This is the only league meeting between the clubs this season.
  • FC Dallas has won once all-time in Houston in 11 meetings in all competitions, a 1-0 victory at Robertson Stadium on May 5, 2010.
  • After going nearly three years and nine games without a win against their in-state rivals, FC Dallas have won two of the last five meetings between the teams, with two draws. A four-game unbeaten streak for FCD in the series was ended in the final meeting last year.
  • The clubs play for “El Capitán”, the 19th-century Mountain Howitzer cannon to be awarded to the winner of the season series by supporters groups for both clubs.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. DAL: P26 W11 L4 D11 … Schellas Hyndman vs. HOU: P8 W2 L3 D3 

Brad Davis, Tally Hall and Dominic Kinnear discuss Saturday's match