Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas

Dynamo return to BBVA Compass Stadium aiming to recapture El Capitán against FC Dallas

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas
Saturday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX

BROADCAST INFORMATION
CSN Houston Plus - 7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. pregame) CHANNEL LISTINGS
MLS Free Stream of the Week
MLS LIVE - 7:00 p.m.
Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM - 7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 AM - 7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. pregame)

PREVIEW

The Texas Derby for 2014 is ahead on Saturday evening when the Houston Dynamo play host to FC Dallas at BBVA Compass Stadium in their lone league encounter this season. The Dynamo return home, where they haven’t allowed a goal this year, following a 2-1 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC last weekend. FC Dallas lead the Western Conference and are undefeated on the season, coming off a 2-1 home win against the Portland Timbers last weekend.

REFEREES

REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. AR1 (bench): Peter Manikowski; AR2 (opposite): Mike Kampmeinert; 4th: Mark Kadlecik
MLS Career: 182 games; FC/gm: 26.7; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 51; pens: 63

INJURY REPORT, PRESENTED BY HOUSTON METHODIST

HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: Eric Brunner – Right ankle sprain

FC DALLAS -- QUESTIONABLE: George John – R knee; Andres Escobar – lower back

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (20 meetings): Dynamo 9 wins, 30 goals … FC Dallas 4 wins, 22 goals … Ties 7
  • AT HOUSTON (10 meetings): Dynamo 6 wins, 17 goals … FC Dallas 1 win, 12 goals … Ties 3
  • RETURN MATCHES: None.
  • This is the only league meeting between the teams this season.
  • FC Dallas took the lone meeting between the clubs a year ago, a 3-2 win in Frisco on March 17, their first victory against the Dynamo since 2010. FCD went nearly three years and nine games without a win against their in-state rivals, until a win in 2009.
  • FC Dallas has won once all-time in Houston in 12 meetings in all competitions, the 1-0 victory at Robertson Stadium on May 5, 2010.
  • 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: P28 W12 L5 D11 … Oscar Pareja vs. HOU: P2 W1 L0 D1

HOUSTON DYNAMO

The Houston Dynamo return home off their first defeat of the season, falling 2-1 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday afternoon at BC Place. The Dynamo are in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with 6 points from 3 games.

LAST MATCH

  • Whitecaps FC scored the opener in the 14th minute. Pedro Morales sent a pinpoint right-footed cross from the left onto the head of Andy O'Brien's, and he sent the ball across goal where Jordan Harvey pounced on it to tuck the ball past Tally Hall from close range.
  • Vancouver then doubled the lead in the 58th minute. After Kofi Sarkodie handled the ball in the box, Kenny Miller had to take the resulting penalty kick twice, scoring both times – after referee Kevin Stott blew down Miller's initial spot kick due to encroachment by a number of Whitecaps players.
  • The Dynamo narrowed the lead in the 75th minute when Ricardo Clark headed home a Brad Davis free kick, finding the bottom right corner past goalkeeper David Ousted.
  • Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made no changes to the team that took a 1-0 win against the Montréal Impact at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor (Brian Ownby 77), David Horst, Corey Ashe - Andrew Driver (Mark Sherrod 86), Boniek Garcia (Omar Cummings 71), Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis - Will Bruin, Giles Barnes.

TEAM NEWS

  • The Dynamo return home off a loss from their first road trip having won both games at BBVA Compass Stadium, while also yet to allow a goal on their home ground.
  • “We’d love to go 34-0, but it’s not going to happen,” Brad Davis said. “We talked about it and we looked at things even in the games we won that we could do better. So now it’s about going back, working hard and growing as a group.”
  • The Dynamo saw their shutout streak to open the season come to an end after 194 minutes with the opening Vancouver goal.
  • “I thought we came out for the second half good and we put some pressure on them, but obviously they caught us on the break and got the call and we were 2-0 down which is difficult,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “Did we have some bad luck? Possibly. At the end of it Vancouver got the win and we look forward to next week.”
  • Ricardo Clark scored his first goal of the season, and ensured he will continue his streak of having scored in every one of his 10 MLS seasons. He has scored three goals in his last 10 league games, dating back to last Sept. 14.
  • “I just found an opening in there and I tried to take an advantage of it, and I did,” Clark said. “I think we showed a lot of character to fight back and were unfortunate not to get another one to tie it up.”
  • The lone Dynamo goal also came from a free kick, their first this season from a dead ball situation after their five goals were all from open play.
  • “That’s just being tough in the box on set pieces and staying with runners,” Davis said. “They had two guys in there that followed the ball and we just need to be tough in the box and stay with runners. In that situation we were unable to and Harvey goes in and is able to score.”
  • Brad Davis recorded his first assist of the season vs. Vancouver. A year ago, Davis had nine assists – after four consecutive seasons where he hit double-digits in assists.