The Houston Dynamo looked to be on the way to beating their rivals for the second time this season on Saturday night, as they were up 1-0 against FC Dallas with 30 minutes left. But a shot that found Raúl Rodríguez' arm in the box opened the floodgates and Dallas beat Houston 3-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo went up in the 19th minute thanks to an Alex screamer that found the top corner, and looked to be in control until a Tesho Akindele shot found Rodríguez' arm in the 58th minute, leading to a penalty-kick goal from Mauro Diaz.
From there Michael Barrios took over, first receiving an incredible longball from Maynor Figuero and slotting it past Joe Willis. He followed it up 19 minutes later, receiving a pass from Tesho Akindele and curling a ball around Willis to give his side a two-goal cushion.
Houston does have some consolation in the loss. Thanks to their 5-0 win against Dallas in March, they take home El Capitán for the first time since 2012.
Houston Dynamo (5-11-10; 25 points) vs. FC Dallas (14-7-6; 48 points)
MLS Regular Season
August 27, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Texas
HOU: Alex 3 (Boniek García 6) 19
DAL: Mauro Diaz 4 (penalty) 59
DAL: Michael Barrios 7 (Maynor Figueroa 1) 60
DAL: Michael Barrios 8 (Tesho Akindele 4) 79
Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis; Sheanon Williams, Raúl Rodriguez, Agus (David Horst 42), Jalil Anibaba; Collen Warner (Erick Torres 73); Boniek García ©, Alex Lima, Eric Alexander (Ricardo Clark 64), Cristián Maidana; Mauro Manotas
Unused Substitutes: Calle Brown, Jose Escalante, Rob Lovejoy, Abdoulie Mansally
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Mauro Manotas 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Mauro Manotas 2); FOULS: 10 (Raúl Rodriguez 2, Alex Lima 2, Boniek García 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Ricardo Clark 1); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Cristián Maidana 5); SAVES: 3 (Joe Willis 3)
FC Dallas: Chris Seitz; Atiba Harris, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Maynor Figueroa; Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta; Mauro Rosales (Tesho Akindele 55), Mauro Diaz ©, Michael Barrios (Ryan Hollingshead 85); Maximiliano Urruti (Victor Ulloa 72)
Unused Substitutes: Jesse Gonzalez, Aubrey David, Getterson, Juan Esteban Ortiz
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Maximiliano Urruti 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Maximiliano Urruti 2, Michael Barrios 2); FOULS: 11 (Mauro Diaz 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Kellyn Acosta 1, Tesho Akindele 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Mauro Rosales 2); SAVES: 3 (Chris Seitz 3)
HOU: Erick Torres (caution) 90+3
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Chris Strickland, Brian Poeschel
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi