By CAITLIN MURRAY
The lone season match of the so-called Texas Derby turned into a Texas Nightmare for the Houston Dynamo, who were handed a humiliating 4-1 home loss Saturday by FC Dallas after a late game-changing red card.
The Dynamo looked poised to hand Dallas their first bit bad luck this season with a close first half, exchanging a goal each. But a straight red card in the 60th minute touched off a three-goal rally for Dallas in just eight minutes.
Chasing after Fabian Castillo up the left flank, David Horst slid from behind to catch Castillo’s feet, drawing the red and dropping Houston to ten men. The awarded free kick taken by Michel to the head of Je-Vaughn Watson and past goalkeeper Tally Hall signaled the beginning of Houston’s demise.
Once FC Dallas took the 2-1 lead with the man advantage, the Dynamo fell apart. A few minutes later, Giles Barnes scored an own goal trying to keep Watson away from a corner kick. Two minutes later, Watson got his second goal from a Mauro Diaz assist.
Even Houston’s lone goal off a Brad Davis free kick to the head of Ricardo Clark in the first half came with bad news. The foul that resulted in the free kick left Davis walking gingerly on his right ankle and the U.S. National Team winger had to be subbed out minutes later.
On the other end, Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz had a phenomenal game, holding the Dynamo at bay through the first half as the Orange got the better of chances and saving a second-half penalty kick by Oscar Boniek Garcia.
The win keeps FC Dallas in first place in the Western Conference and increased their unbeaten streak to five matches as they look to host the Seattle Sounders next week.
The Dynamo will try to turn things around next week when they head to New England to face the Revolution.
Watch match highlights below: