HOUSTON, Texas (Wednesday, July 20) – FC Dallas topped Texas Derby-foe Houston Dynamo, 1-0, on the strength of a stoppage-time
goal by Fabian Castillo to advance to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the ninth time in club history, tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dallas offense didn’t take long to get its first chance of the night, as Carlos Gruezo chased down a Dynamo clearance in the third minute and found Michael Barrios on the edge of the penalty area, but Castillo wasn’t able to bring down his cross at the far corner of the box.
Neither team was able to create any solid chances at goal again until the 30th minute, when Mauro Diaz sprung Barrios on a counter attack down the right side. The FCD winger tried to find Maxi Urruti behind the Dynamo defense with a low cross into the box, but it was cleared out for the first corner of the match by a sliding Agus. The ensuing corner was easily punched away from danger by Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis.
Ten minutes later, it was Diaz once again with a long-arcing ball to find Urruti on the left side. Urruti brought down the pass, headed it forward to himself and forced the first save of the match from Willis with a shot inside the penalty area.
It was Houston’s turn for a quick look at goal to start the second half. Abdoulie Mansally found Mauro Manotas on the doorstep with a cross from the left in the 49th minute, but the Colombian’s shot towards goal was blocked with a point-blank save from Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz for his first stop of the night.
In the 55th minute, Castillo laid a ball off for Urruti at the top of the penalty area with two defenders on his back, but Urruti’s first-touch attempt to chip Willis outside his goal mouth went over the crossbar.
The Dynamo got its best look to that point of the night in the 59th minute as Andrew Wenger won a duel back to Agus off a Dallas clearance. Agus found Maidana on a run down the right side, but as Maidana turned his run to the center of the field, he played a ball through to Manotas, who was overlapping. The forward drilled a quick shot off the Dallas crossbar to keep the match level headed towards the final whistle.
Atiba Harris was issued a yellow card in the 76th minute for a tackle on Giles Barnes, leading to a threatening Dynamo free kick just outside the corner of the penalty area. Maidana took the first touch on the ball, setting up a chance from Barnes and then got it right back from the forward, but Diaz charged forward out from the wall and denied any chance from Barnes.
It took until the first minute of stoppage time to break the deadlocked quarterfinal. Kellyn Acosta sent a long ball into the penalty area intended for Tesho Akindele but Dynamo defender Jalil Anibaba got a foot to the ball first, clearing it right to the feet of Castillo. The winger worked his way from the top of the 18 yard box around to the left of goal, and sent a low shot past the hands of Willis at the front post.
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