In the fifth and final match between the two Texas rivals, the physicality boiled over when Eddie Robinson was ejected in the 31st minute. FC Dallas finally made the man advantage pay off in the 86th minute when Houston-area product Arturo Alvarez scored the only goal of the game to give Dallas its first win against the Dynamo.
Houston Dynamo (9-8-9) vs. FC Dallas (14-8-3)
September 02, 2006 -- Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
FCD -- Arturo Alvarez 2 (Abe Thompson 2) 86
Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Wade Barrett, Eddie Robinson, Adrian Serioux, Craig Waibel (Stuart Holden 88), Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis (Kevin Goldthwaite 83), Dwayne De Rosario, Brian Mullan, Alejandro Moreno, Chris Wondolowski (Ryan Cochrane 34).
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Wells, Chris Aloisi, Kelly Gray, Julian Nash.
FC Dallas -- Dario Sala, Chris Gbandi, Justin Moore, Greg Vanney, Alex Yi, Richard Mulrooney, Ramon Nunez (Arturo Alvarez 64), Ronnie O'Brien, Simo Valakari (Abe Thompson 80), Kenny Cooper, Carlos Ruiz (Aaron Pitchkolan 90).
Substitutes Not Used: Ray Burse, Michael Dello-Russo, Dominic Oduro, David Wagenfuhr.
HOU -- Eddie Robinson (caution; Game Disrepute) 30
HOU -- Eddie Robinson (ejection; Violent Conduct) 31
FCD -- Chris Gbandi (caution; Professional Foul) 37
FCD -- Alex Yi (caution; Professional Foul) 52
FCD -- Carlos Ruiz (caution; Reckless Foul) 65
FCD -- Arturo Alvarez (caution; Professional Foul) 78
Referee: Brian Hall
Referee's Assistants: Bill Dittmar; Kyle Borne
4th official: Adam Garner
Weather: Cloudy-and-81 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial