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July 19, 2016
FCD seeking to exorcise demons from last trip to Houston

By Stephen Hunt
Dallas Soccer News Contributor

FRISCO, Texas---The collapse remains simply unexplainable -- FC Dallas’ 5-0 loss at the Houston Dynamo on March 5 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

FCD, who currently sits atop the Western Conference and MLS Supporter’s Shield standings, had defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0 six days earlier at Toyota Stadium in its 2016 season opener, and there was a little reason to think they wouldn’t leave the Bayou City with the full three points thanks to what was expected to be a rather easy victory over the Dynamo, whom FCD had beaten on five consecutive occasions.

However, the Orange had other ideas, scoring four times in the match’s opening 27 minutes, including an unfortunate own goal off Dallas captain Matt Hedges, and the rout was officially on.

The Dynamo added another tally in the second half to make the blowout complete at 5-0.

FCD and Houston have met once since that defeat, a 1-1 draw June 2 in Frisco notable mainly for the fact that the referee started the match despite such a heavy downpour that play had to be halted about three minutes in due to the field being unplayable.

Following a delay of nearly two hours, the match resumed and ended in a draw, another frustrating result for FCD.

But, Dallas gets another chance to atone for that five-goal loss Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in a match at BBVA.

Fourth-year FCD center back Walker Zimmerman speaks for all of his teammates in saying he’s ready for a third shot at the Dynamo.

“Yeah, for sure [we feel like we owe them something],” Zimmerman said. “Feel like the 5-0 game was not our best performance and not our best soccer. It’s one of the performances we’re really looking to erase come this Wednesday.”

“I think looking ahead to that game [on Wednesday], it’s one that we know we really want to beat them. They’re our rival and we want to get a win against them this season.”

Dallas, who just finished a stretch of three games in nine days in league play, going 2-1-0 in that run of games, also has a league match at the Colorado Rapids on Saturday to consider when it comes to head coach Oscar Pareja determining his first 11 for the Open Cup quarters.

With FCD currently in the heart of Open Cup play as well as the normal rigors of an MLS regular season and with a run in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League about to commence in about two weeks, Dallas needed reinforcements at the opening of the MLS summer transfer window on July 4.

FCD has gotten them in veteran defender Aubrey David, officially signed on July 4, and Brazilian forward Getterson, added later in the month.

David has not only already debuted for Dallas, but has started two straight games, earning rave reviews from Pareja.

“I like him. I think he’s a solid player,” Pareja said of David. “He has versatility in back, he can play in any of the four positions. Also, there is some professionalism that I like there. There is a kid who takes the job seriously. I see a lot of coachability there. He’s willing to be coached and I see a lot of things that we can improve. Yes [he does have some bite to his game]. I did see something there that I like a lot, that eagerness to do things right.”

Getterson was scheduled to arrive in Frisco this week and will be available for selection once his paperwork is in order. But his potential debut appears unlikely until Saturday at the earliest.

There’s no mistaking just how much importance FCD places on winning the Open Cup, for obvious reasons.

And with this being something of a revenge game, Dallas captain Matt Hedges figures why not combine the two concepts into some sort of two-pronged motivation to do well on Wednesday evening.

“Last time we were there wasn’t so hot, so we’re hopefully going to go down there and have a much better performance,” Hedges said. “We’re really looking forward to it. Open Cup we’ve been close for a couple years and we want to get to the finals, we want to win it.”

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