HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. FC DALLAS
BBVA COMPASS STADIUM, Houston, Texas
July 20, 2016 (U.S. Open Cup)
8:15 pm ET (YouTube)
It’s an all-Texas event in this quarterfinal matchup of a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, and any group has utterly a bit roving on a outcome. The Dynamo sit in final place in a Western Conference standings in what has already been a scattered year – so winning a Open Cup practically represents their best shot during silverware in 2016. FCD, meanwhile, are heading a Supporters Shield standings. If they wish to be a initial group in joining story to record a domestic treble, they’ll give it all they’ve got on Wednesday, notwithstanding a swarming new schedule.
Giant-killers, partial 2?
Whatever happens this week, Houston have already guaranteed that there will be a new Open Cup champion this season. They knocked out fortifying holders Sporting Kansas City in June by a 3-1 domain that wasn’t unequivocally even that close. Dallas competence be some-more acclimated to that lagoon feverishness and steam than Sporting, though there’s no denying that a humid summer night in BBVA Compass Stadium poses a estimable home-field advantage for a Orange.
No easy run
FC Dallas had to dupe a tough competition in a turn of 16 as well, advancing to a quarterfinals with a 2-1 home victory over their closest Supporters’ Shield rivals during present, a Colorado Rapids. Before that, they indispensable penalties to allege past USL side Oklahoma City Energy. This will be their initial time on a highway in Cup play.
Who wants it more?
Sure, that’s a cliché – though Wednesday’s outcome could count on how badly Dallas trainer Oscar Pareja wants to go for a Open Cup, generally with CONCACAF Champions League play opening soon. That’s not a regard for a Dynamo, who are currently a longest of shots to stand over a red line by playoff time. Pareja’s group is installed with talent, though is he prepared to try to widen it over 3 competitions?