FRISCO, Texas — FC Dallas defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-0 on Wednesday night behind a pair of Kenny Cooper goals to claim bragging rights in the Texas Derby and move on to the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Both teams had trouble generating any offensive chances for most of the first half with neither goalkeeper being tested until FC Dallas finally opened the scoring in the 38th minute and, as usual, midfield revelation Michel was the catalyst.
The Brazilian's in-swinging kick from the left side reached Andrew Jacobson at the far post, who knocked the ball back down in front of goal for Cooper to tap in past a flat-footed Tyler Deric.
The dynamic duo struck again for FCD just before the hour mark. Michel served a corner kick from Dallas’ attacking right and this time the ball went directly to Cooper, who powered a header home to hand the home side a 2-0 advantage. The goals were Cooper’s seventh and eighth all-time against the Houston Dynamo (and first two in USOC play), which lead all FC Dallas players in the Texas Derby.
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The hosts put the nail in the coffin in the 76th minute. Jackson harassed Deric into fumbling what should have been an easy catch at the top of his 18-yard-box and the ball trickled out to right back Zach Loyd, who calmly chipped it over the marooned 'keeper from 20 yards to give FCD a three-goal cushion.
On the other end of the field for Dallas, Chris Seitz posted his second straight shuout in Open Cup play and third on the season.
FC Dallas will be at home again for the USOC quarterfinals on June 26, when they will face either the Portland Timbers (their MLS opponents on the road this weekend) or the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL. Houston’s next MLS match is on the road once more, at Montreal on June 19.