Jul 21, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Dynamo defender Adolfo Machado (3) and FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta (23) attempt to get control of the ball during the second half at BBVA Compass Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas played to a 1-1 draw Saturday in the first of three Texas Derby games this season.
The teams gave the announced 19,295 in attendance at BBVA Compass Stadium quite a show by trading goals in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Matt Hedges opened the scoring in Houston. In Dallas’ first corner kick, he connected on a Santiago Mosquera cross to give the Dallas side an early 1-0 lead after the first minute.
“We were sleeping on set pieces,” Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera said. “Even though we talked at practice and mentioned that set pieces are very important we lost our individual marks right there.”
The advantage would be short-lived, however, as Houston came roaring back to level things minutes later.
In the eighth minute, Jared Watt, who made his third start in Orange, picked out Romell Quioto on the left wing. The Honduran international whipped in a cross toward goal that Mauro Manotas headed into the back of the net.
The goal is Manotas’ 10th of the year, matching his MLS career high, which he set last season. It’s also his 34th goal across all competitions, putting him tied for fourth on Houston’s all-time scoring list across all competitions.
“I am very happy due to my achievements. I only speak on the field,” Manotas. “When I came here four years ago, my mentality was to leave a mark, whether it be with title or goals. There are many that rate forwards with goals since forwards that can’t score is not a forward.”
For Quioto, it’s his 11th assist of the season, putting him in second among all MLS players.
Cabrera said his side’s reaction to leveling the game was “quick and well done.”
But after the early-game fireworks, the game cooled off substantially heading into the half.
“But after we tied, we stopped playing the game that we have to play,” Cabrera said. “We stopped running, we stopped tackling and we stopped winning the ball and we let them control the game.”
The game picked up steam in the 59th minute when FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios got behind the Dynamo defense. Barrios received a pass but was clipped by Dynamo defender Adolfo Machado before he could get a shot off. The referee immediately pointed to the spot.
FC Dallas’ Roland Lamah stepped up to take the shot, but Dynamo ‘keeper Joe Willis — as he’s done throughout most of his entire MLS career — stopped the ensuing penalty and the rebound.
“I’ve had plenty scored on me in the past but I had a feeling of which way he was going to go and I was fortunate to get my legs to it,” Willis said. “Once I saw the rebound I just tried to get up as quick as I could and react and fortunately I was able to save the ball.”
Off the blocked penalty, Houston took off towards goal. DaMarcus Beasley found himself on the left wing and sent a low cross into Manotas, who tapped it for his second goal and the lead — but the celebration was premature as VAR came into play.
After taking a look at it, the referee surmised that Manotas was offside and called back the goal to keep the game level.
Dallas would get another opportunity to take the lead and it would fall to Lamah.
Maynor Figueroa got inside the 18 and sent a low cross towards the face of goal. Willis parried it away. The net was empty for a split second but before Lamah could get to the ball to shoot, Jared Watt and Beasley closed the gap.
Lamah’s ensuing shot hit the top of the bar, failing to atone for his missed penalty.
That would be the closest either side would come to scoring and taking the lead in the game. In their first match of the season, the in-state rivals finished happy to each take a point.
“We couldn’t win but, it is important to finish strong, showing that we want to win at home,” Cabrera said.
“Sometimes we’re going to win and sometimes we’re going to lose and sometimes we’re going to tie. That’s for sure because that’s the game. But at least we showed in the second half that we are hungry.”