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One year ago in American Soccer News

Posted on 30 June 2009 by ASN Staff

A goal by Kenny Cooper gave FC Dallas a 1-1 draw at Houston Dynamo and clinched El Capitan, the cannon awarded to the winner of the season series between the Texas rivals, for FCD (ASN, June 29, 2008). The game was Dallas’ second under coach Schellas Hyndman. The teams drew three times last season but FCD took the trophy by outscoring Houston in road goals.

This season, the battle for El Capitan was much more one-sided. Houston won the first meeting between the two sides on May 10 and clinched the cannon with a 3-1 win at Pizza Hut Park on June 16. The teams’ fortunes have been divergent elsewhere as well; Houston leads the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings with 28 points from 15 games, while Dallas is second-to-last in the West with 14 points from the same number of matches.

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