The game in 100 words (or less): After a delay of about an hour due to lightning storms, the Texas Derby got underway at Toyota Stadium, with FC Dallas defending their home field and earning a 2-0 victory. The pitch was a bit soggy from the rain, but that didn’t slow down Fabian Castillo, who put in another man of the match performance for Oscar Pareja’s side. Castillo created the first goal for Dallas and scored the second himself, but unfortunately pulled up late in the match with what looked like a muscle injury. FC Dallas has outscored Houston 6-1 in their two meetings this season.
Three moments that mattered
33′ — Jermaine Taylor own goal gives Dallas lead — Fabian Castillo continues to be the most dangerous man on the pitch for FC Dallas, as he took a long ball down the left wing and cut into the box. Houston’s defense showed Castillo too much respect as they backed off, and his cross deflected off Jermaine Taylor’s heel for an own goal.
42′ — Fabian Castillo makes it 2-0 Dallas — Castillo played a silky give-and-go with Mauro Diaz, cutting between the Dynamo defense and slotting home past Tyler Deric. It was Castillo’s sixth goal of the season, as Houston could not contain the Colombian in the opening 45 minutes.
75′ — Castillo subbed off with an injury — After running all over the pitch for 75 minutes, Castillo pulled up lame after playing a pass at midfield and was immediately substituted off. It looked like a muscle injury, as there was no contact on the play. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, because losing Castillo would be a big blow for Dallas.
Man of the match: Fabian Castillo — Once again, Castillo’s speed was too much to handle for the opposing defense. When they backed off, he attacked, and when they pressed, he cut right by. Six goals on the year and surely many more to come for the 23-year-old winger.
FC Dallas: Kennedy, Harris, Hedges, Loyd, Watson, Acosta, Ulloa, Castillo (Hernandez, 75′), Diaz, Hollingshead (Perez, 71′), Texeira (Akindele, 60′)
Goals: Taylor, OG (33′), Castillo (42′)
Houston Dynamo: Deric, Beasley, Taylor, Horst, Rodriguez, Lovejoy (Davis, 29′), Garrido, Clark, Lopez (Alex, 84′), Barnes, Bruin (Manotas, 80′)