Tesho Akindele scored FC Dallas’ third goal of the night in the 102nd minute as FCD advanced past the Houston Dynamo 3-2 and into the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Trailing 1-0 in the 42nd minute of play, the Houston Dynamo who looked more like they were still on their World Cup break for much of the first half caught a break when former Dynamo Je’Vaughn Watson was whistled for a handball inside the box on Houston corner. Giles Barnes converted the equalizer from the spot pulling Houston even.
FCD forward Fabian Castillo opened the scoring in the 34th minute rifling’s his fourth goal in as many games past Tally Hall and giving Dallas the early lead.
In the closing minutes of first half stoppage time, referee Kevin Stott whistled the Dynamo defense for a hard foul on Castillo outside the box. After much protest from FCD, Stott changed his call and pointed to the spot. FC forward Blas Perez sailed the PK over the cross bar sending the teams to the halftime locker room even at one.
Dallas regained the lead in the 59th minute when midfielder Andres Escobar ripped a curling shot past a stunned Tally Hall from distance. Despite giving up three goals in the match, it was Hall’s acrobatic saves throughout the night that kept Houston in the game.
“That’s what you get from Tally Hall, he’s a top quality keeper” said teammate Giles Barnes folowing the match.
Three minutes after Escobar’s goal had given Dallas the lead, Houston’s Omar Cummings struck for the equalizer. The 31 year old jamaican international capitalized on a Dallas miscue by former Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat and streaked into the box before sending a low shot under the body of FCD keeper Chris Seitz.
The game would remain tied before Akindele’s game winner gave the FC side its second win this season at BBVA. The loss marked the fifth time this season Houston has surrendered three or more goals in a match.
Despite 17 corner for the Dynamo and 10 shots on goal, head coach Dominic Kinnear found the positive in his team’s performance.
“The attitude was good tonight. I thought the competitive spirit of the team from minute one to minute one twenty was really good. We were dangerous most of the night.”