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Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas Pick & Prediction OCT 31TH 2020

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The latest edition of the Texas Derby carries bragging rights and playoff implications when FC Dallas hosts the Houston Dynamo on Saturday afternoon in Frisco, Texas.

The Dynamo (4-8-9, 21 points) enter the game under the Western Conference playoff line and desperate for a victory. Houston has struggled to a 1-6-5 record over the past 12 games, including a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles FC on Wednesday that saw the Dynamo get outshot by a 28-9 margin.

Despite playing with only 10 men for the final 31 minutes, the Dynamo left Wednesday's contest feeling the game was for the taking. Striker Mauro Manotas missed a first-half penalty kick, and the Dynamo were almost awarded another penalty kick in the closing minutes before a video review reversed the call.

"I think that was another effort wasted," Houston coach Tab Ramos said. "I don't think we've played as well as we've been playing, but (Los Angeles) is a difficult place to play in, against a great team. It was a great effort, but we just couldn't do it. It's disappointing."

After receiving a red card against LAFC, Houston midfielder Matias Vera will miss Saturday's game. Adam Lundkvist is available for selection after serving a two-game suspension.

FC Dallas (7-5-7, 28 points) are in sixth place in the Western Conference, and they took a big step toward clinching a postseason spot with a 2-1 win over visiting Inter Miami on Wednesday.

Though Dallas' position in the standings is relatively stable, the Thursday announcement that MLS will use points per game to determine playoff qualification only increases the late-season tension for head coach Luchi Gonzalez.

"That means each game in front of you is huge," Gonzalez said. "You don't know if it's your last game of the season or not based on your own team and the other team. That's why we have to think now, today, rather than tomorrow."

FC Dallas defender Reto Ziegler, whose wife recently came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, is questionable for Saturday.

The Dynamo and FC Dallas are an even 12-12-14 over 38 all-time regular season games. The close nature of the Texas Derby rivalry has extended into 2020, as Houston and Dallas are 1-1-1 in three previous meetings this season.

--Field Level Media

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Houston Dynamo

FC Dallas

Player Position Lineup
Victor Cabrera Starter
Adam Lundkvist Starter
José Bizama Starter
Alejandro Fuenmayor Starter
Carlos Quintero Starter
Darwin Ceren Starter
Niko Hansen Starter
Wilffried Zahibo Starter
Ariel Lassiter Starter
Christian Ramirez Starter
Marko Maric Starter
Cody Cropper Substitution
Maynor Figueroa Substitution
Tomas Martinez Substitution
Zarek Valentin Substitution
Boniek Garcia Substitution
Mauro Manotas Substitution
Marcelo Palomino Substitution
Nico Lemoine Substitution
Memo Rodriguez Substitution
Player Position Lineup
Jimmy Maurer Starter
Bryan Reynolds Starter
Matt Hedges Starter
Bressan Starter
Ryan Hollingshead Starter
Thiago Santos Starter
Michael Barrios Starter
Andrés Ricaurte Starter
Jesus Ferreira Starter
Franco Jara Starter
Fafa Picault Starter
Reto Ziegler Substitution
Phelipe Substitution
Brandon Servania Substitution
John Nelson Substitution
Tanner Tessmann Substitution
Harold Mosquera Substitution
Ricardo Pepi Substitution
Dante Sealy Substitution
Ema Twumasi Substitution

Houston Dynamo

FC Dallas

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 19
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Franco Jara
  • MIN 27
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Fafa Picault
  • MIN 35
    IN: Memo Rodriguez
    OUT: Niko Hansen
  • MIN 44
    IN: John Nelson
    OUT: Bryan Reynolds
  • MIN 45
    José Bizama
  • Period 2
  • MIN 55
    Wilffried Zahibo
  • MIN 59
    IN: Tanner Tessmann
    OUT: Jesus Ferreira
  • MIN 62
    IN: Tomas Martinez
    OUT: Ariel Lassiter
  • MIN 62
    IN: Mauro Manotas
    OUT: Christian Ramirez
  • MIN 63
    IN: Boniek Garcia
    OUT: Wilffried Zahibo
  • MIN 69
    Thiago Santos
  • MIN 75
    IN: Harold Mosquera
    OUT: Franco Jara
  • MIN 75
    IN: Reto Ziegler
    OUT: Michael Barrios
  • MIN 87
    IN: Marcelo Palomino
    OUT: Darwin Ceren
  • MIN 90
    Fafa Picault
  • MIN 90
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Fafa Picault
  • Match End


Last 10

W 14% L 86%
1 6
  • Colorado Rapids L 2 - 1
  • @FC Dallas L 0 - 3
  • @Los Angeles FC L 1 - 2
  • Columbus Crew SC D 1 - 1
  • @Minnesota United FC D 2 - 2
  • Nashville SC L 3 - 1
  • @Inter Miami CF L 0 - 1
  • FC Dallas W 0 - 2
  • Sporting Kansas City L 2 - 1
  • @Nashville SC D 1 - 1
W 50% L 50%
4 4
  • @Seattle Sounders FC L 0 - 1
  • @Portland Timbers D 1 - 1
  • @Minnesota United FC L 0 - 3
  • @Nashville SC W 1 - 0
  • Houston Dynamo W 0 - 3
  • Inter Miami CF W 1 - 2
  • @Real Salt Lake D 0 - 0
  • @Nashville SC L 0 - 3
  • Sporting Kansas City W 0 - 1
  • @Houston Dynamo L 0 - 2

Last Meetings

  • Houston Dynamo @ FC Dallas 0-3
  • FC Dallas @ Houston Dynamo 0-2
  • Houston Dynamo @ FC Dallas 1-2
  • FC Dallas @ Houston Dynamo 0-0
  • Houston Dynamo @ FC Dallas 1-5
  • FC Dallas @ Houston Dynamo 1-2
  • Houston Dynamo @ FC Dallas 2-4
  • FC Dallas @ Houston Dynamo 1-1
  • FC Dallas @ Houston Dynamo 1-1
  • Houston Dynamo @ FC Dallas 3-3

Last Injuries

FC Dallas