Dallas earned bragging rights in the Texas Derby as they clinched a spot in the MLS play-offs by accounting for Houston Dynamo 3-0.
Fafa Picault scored twice for Dallas, who ended Houston’s post-season hopes on Saturday.
Franco Jara opened the scoring in the 19th minute when he slid onto a headed pass across the six-yard box from Michael Barrios.
Dallas were further rewarded for their dominance eight minutes later after Picault headed home to double the lead at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
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Picault completed the scoring in the third minute of stoppage time as Dallas – in the play-offs for the third consecutive year – recorded just their third win in eight games.
The Dynamo have conceded at least once in 30 consecutive away matches, tied for the fourth-longest streak in MLS history.
— OptaJack (@OptaJack) October 31, 2020
Dallas are sixth in the Western Conference, while the Dynamo are bottom of the standings.
Elsewhere, play-off chasing Chicago Fire earned a valuable point in a 1-1 draw with Nashville.
Nashville – already assured of a play-off berth – hit the front via Daniel Rios in the 28th minute, with designated player Randall Leal playing a key role.
Leal has been directly involved in five of Nashville’s last six goals (two goals, three assists).
The Fire, though, claimed a share of the spoils thanks to Boris Sekulic’s equaliser three minutes prior to half-time.
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