By COLE KELLOGG
The South American connection was in full swing in Texas on Friday night, as FC Dallas beat the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, at Toyota Stadium.
FC Dallas snapped a five-match winless streak after securing only two points on the road since May 15.
Dallas dominated the play on the night, with Mauro Diaz and Fabian Castillo proving too much for Owen Coyle’s men to handle.
The first goal came for the Dynamo in the 33rd minute of play. Fabian Castillo showed some skill with fancy footwork to make it into the box, but the ball was deflected past Tyler Deric after contact with Jermaine Taylor.
FC Dallas has now won both meetings between the teams this season, with the first coming on May 1 in a 4-1 victory for Oscar Pareja’s side.
FC Dallas found its second goal on the night three minutes before halftime. Diaz and Castillo combined, with the former feeding a cheeky ground ball through two defenders to Castillo at the top of the box to finish for the 2-0 lead.
Dan Kennedy came up big just minutes later, as DaMarcus Beasley rocketed a shot to the upper left-hand corner of the goal. Luckily, the former Chivas USA all-star was there to keep the Dynamo off the board.
Tyler Deric came up big for the Dynamo in the 50th minute, coming off his line to deny Castillo from firing home yet another Diaz cross.
The Dynamo will next host the Colorado Rapids in the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, while FC Dallas will travel to Sporting Park to face off against Sporting Kansas City in the tournament on Wednesday.