Both FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo secured wins in the opening week of the 2017 season.
Dallas won on the road 2-1 in Carson, CA against the LA Galaxy. Maxi Urruti opened the scoring just after the start of the second half. Kellyn Acosta added the eventual game winner, after the Galaxy had leveled on a Giovanni Dos Santos penalty, that was dubious to say the least. FC Dallas was fortunate to get out of the Stub Hub Stadium with a win, though, because Jermaine Jones hit the post with a header off of a corner and Ariel Lassiter missed a sitter late. Regardless, after the midweek trip to Panama in the Scotiabank CCL, the victory was well earned and it has been a good couple of weeks for FC Dallas. Acosta has now scored 3 goals in the first two weeks. It looks like the preseason hype may actually be a reality.
The Dynamo also won, defeating the defending MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders 2-1 in their home opener. The new look forward line applied enormous pressure on Seattle from the start and Romell Quioto was truly unlucky to not score in the 4th minute after an outstanding feed from the other new Honduran, Alberth Elis. Quioto made up for the miss with a long range blast midway through the first half that should be the MLS goal of the week. Additionally, Cubo Torres finally scored his first Dynamo goal (since his summer 2015 arrival)….a superb direct kick that left the Sounders goalie stranded. The Sounders reorganized at halftime and controlled the possession in the second half as the Dynamo seemed to take their foot off the accelerator. Clint Dempsey scored on his return from a scary heart condition and Seattle could have easily leveled. Thanks to some furious defensive scrambling late in the game, the Dynamo were able to hang on and secure their first home victory of the season. Given their .500 record at home last year, this was a great sign because any chance to make the playoffs will require significantly better 2017 home results. The announced attendance was over 20,000, but the forecasted rain (thankfully it never arrived) seemed to keep a number of them away. They missed a great show….we have not had players as exciting as Elis and Quioto since the legendary Dwayne DeRosario left the club after the 2008 season.
Houston plays Columbus Crew at BBVA this Saturday at 7:30 pm CST. Also on Saturday, FC Dallas continues their early season road trip in Kansas City at 8:00 CST. Three games in three countries in 11 days. A fourth country next week. The fruits of their 2016 success.