A year ago, FC Dallas won the Supporters’ Shield with the best overall record in MLS. A year ago, the Dynamo finished last in the Western Conference with the second-fewest points in MLS. This season, the teams come into their second Texas Derby of the year tied for second place in the West, just three points out of the top spot.
The battle for El Capitán – the 19th-century cannon which goes to the winner of the season series – could also see itself played out in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the near future. FC Dallas Homegrown products Kellyn Acosta and Jesse Gonzalez have both been included in the U.S. provisional squad – Gonzalez is awaiting FIFA clearance to represent the USA over his native Mexico at full international level. The Dynamo feature Honduran attackers Alberth Elis and Boniek Garcia, both of whom were included in their country’s preliminary roster (which also includes FC Dallas defender Maynor Figueroa).
The teams have already met once this season – a scoreless draw a month ago at FC Dallas. The Dynamo have defeated FC Dallas just once over the last four seasons – a 5-0 victory last March 12 at BBVA Compass Stadium, the most goals and biggest margin of victory ever in the Texas Derby. But the stage could be set for a repeat performance – the Dynamo are 7-0-1 at home this season, tied for the best home record in MLS.