Facing intra-state rival FC Dallas for the first time, the Dynamo pulled out a 4-3 win in one of the most exciting games of the year before more than 21,000 fans. Ricardo Clark opened the Dynamo scoring from distance, World Cup-bound forward Brian Ching followed with a header, and Dwayne De Rosario notched two goals, including the eventual game-winner scored while falling to the ground in the 67th minute.
FC Dallas (3-1-2) vs. Houston Dynamo (4-2-0)
May 06, 2006 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
HOU -- Ricardo Clark 1 (Eddie Robinson 2) 31
HOU -- Brian Ching 7 (Brad Davis 2) 35
HOU -- Dwayne De Rosario 2 (Brian Ching 2) 45
FCD -- Carlos Ruiz 1 (unassisted) 60
FCD -- Ramon Nunez 1 (Roberto Mina 1) 61
HOU -- Dwayne De Rosario 2 (Brad Davis 3) 67
FCD -- Drew Moor 1 (Ronnie O'Brien 2) 76
FC Dallas -- Dario Sala, Drew Moore, Bobby Rhine, Greg Vanney (Arturo Alvarez 85), Alex Yi, Ramon Nunez, Ronnie O'Brien, Simo Valakari (Chris Gbandi 86), Mark Wilson (Kenny Cooper 58), Roberto Mina, Carlos Ruiz.
Substitutes Not Used: Ray Burse, Clarence Goodson, Aaron Pitchkolan, Abe Thompson.
Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Wade Barrett, Eddie Robinson, Adrian Serioux, Craig Waibel, Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis, Dwayne De Rosario, Brian Mullan, Ronald Cerritos, Brian Ching.
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Wells, Chris Aloisi, Ryan Cochrane, Kevin Goldthwaite, Kelly Gray, Stuart Holden, Chris Wondolowski.
FCD -- Dario Sala (caution; Dissent) 31
FCD -- Carlos Ruiz (caution; Professional Foul) 33
HOU -- Adrian Serioux (caution; Encroachment) 48
FCD -- Roberto Mina (caution; Reckless Foul) 62
HOU -- Brad Davis (caution; Tackle from Behind) 75
FCD -- Ronnie O'Brien (caution; Game Disrepute) 89
Referee: Abbey Okulaja
Referee's Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry; Bill Dittmar
4th official: Jair Marrufo
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-87 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial