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Red card helps Dallas to convincing derby win

Je-Vaughn Watson (in action for Jamaica) was the star for FC Dallas
Je-Vaughn Watson (in action for Jamaica) was the star for FC Dallas
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A controversial red card has made all the difference in the 25th Texas Derby as FC Dallas managed a 4-1 win over Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.

Dynamo started the match well as Kofi Sarkodie was able to get space down the right and square in for Giles Barnes in the first minute only for Barnes’ shot to be much too close for Chris Seitz in just the opening minute.

Barnes should have had the opener in the 13th minute as Brad Davis found Corey Ashe running in to the box on the left, allowing him to square for Barnes who was denied as Seitz scrambled to save and smother the ball.

FC Dallas had potential to score, with Fabian Castillo’s pace making him dangerous, but too often their good passages would be denied by a foul or wayward shooting.

In the 20th minute Ricardo Clark nearly had the opener as a backheel from Davis allowed Clark to run on and hit the strike from distance, but sent his effort across the face.

One minute later Dallas had their best chance of the match so far as a free-kick was whipped in for Matt Hedges, but took a deflection, allowing Tally Hall to scramble and save.

A slip from Kofi Sarkodie on the half hour allowed Dallas to get numbers in to the box, which saw Ricardo Clark catch Mauro Diaz, allowing Michel to step up and hit a penalty hard and low to the right.

A series of corners from Houston kept the pressure on FC Dallas, before Davis was fouled wide, on the edge of the area, allowing Davis to cross in for a rushing Ricardo Clark who out-jumped his defender, and found the equalizer to put Houston level at the break.

Houston started the second half well, but that last ball was just missing much too often for their attacking to be effective.

It was Michel who would provide the first clear chance of the half as he chipped a ball over the Houston defense whose lax defending allowed Texeira to get to but was denied twice by Hall.

Houston’s chances took a heavy hit on the hour mark as David Horst was shockingly shown a straight red card for a foul that looked like a clear yellow card.
On the free-kick Houston’s woes were compounded as Je-Vaughn Watson haunted his former club, heading home the free-kick, and getting away with a tug on the shirt of Barnes in the process, leaving Dominic Kinnear furious.

With a man advantage Dallas piled on the pressure and got a third in the 68th minute as FC Dallas’ corner was scored, seemingly off of Will Bruin’s head.

Watson made it four, sealing his brace, as Mauro Diaz played him through allowing him to slam it past Hall.

Houston had a chance to close the gap with ten minutes to play after Sarkodie was brought down in the area, but such was their night that Chris Seitz saved Oscar Boniek Garcia’s penalty.

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