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FC Dallas faced their south Texas rivals the Houston Dynamo for the second time this season. Like their first matchup, the game ended level instead of a low scoring 1-1 draw however, this match ended 2-2. Dallas centerback Nkosi Tafari continued his breakout year with his first goal in Major League Soccer, while young forward Ricardo Pepi has added to his talley with his 9th this season.
Unfortunately lapses in defense kept Dallas from the win as former Dallas player Fafa Picault and Matias Vera scored as well. A foul in the box gave Houston an early chance with a penalty kick that Picault converted with ease, while Vera took his chance on a low shot from outside the box.
FC Dallas currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference table at 11th place. In their conference, they are only above the other two Texas clubs, the Houston Dynamo and Austin FC. The path to the playoffs will be a difficult one as the season enters its' final three months. Thirteen games remain and seven are on the road. Dallas has gotten three positive results, however only one of those was a win.
Although the playoffs have begun to feel unlikely, Dallas still has a chance to win a trophy this season. FC Dallas are currently in the lead in the race for the Copa Tejas trophy. Similar to the Cascadia Cup, a small competiton for three clubs in the Cascadia region, the trophy can only be won by one of the three MLS Texas teams. Dallas sit at first place with 5 points, Austin FC are second with 3, and the Houston Dynamo are last with 2.
Dallas' defense has been surprising poor this year. Offense has always had their problems but the solid defense would usually earn Dallas a good result. A tie on the road is great, especially for a club that struggles so much away from home, but as the season begins to wind down, Dallas will need to grind out more wins if they wish to earn a spot in the playoffs.
FC Dallas will travel to Austin, TX for another Texas rivalry game. The match is set to start at 7:00pm, Sunday August 29th.
By Melanie G. Isbell