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Monday 18 December 2017

Watch: MLS Texas derby chaos as FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo battle monsoon rain

Conditions definitely played their part in the Texas Derby Credit: Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP
Conditions definitely played their part in the Texas Derby Credit: Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP

Sean Gibson

Thursday night's MLS clash between FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo was brought to a halt only four minutes after kick-off, with players unable to kick the ball even a few feet in front of them in monsoon conditions.

The biblical quantities of rainfall led to a two-hour delay to the Texas Derby, with the game eventually resumed at a local time of 10:05pm.

The English lower-league winter tradition of a pre-match pitch inspection has clearly failed to permeate MLS culture across the pond, and many questioned why the game was even started at all.

It seems sad to chide a referee for optimism, though, in the excessively cynical world of modern football - and hats-off to everyone who ensured the game was not postponed.

 The match official ordered the players back to their dressing rooms after a brief but spectacular attempt to play some football.

Surprisingly, no goals were scored in the mad opening few minutes - though Dynamo and Dallas eventually shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Houston Dynamo - who are captained by former Derby County man Giles Barnes - are enduring a torrid 2016 MLS season, sitting bottom of the Western Conference with 13 points from 14 games.

FC Dallas - for whom erstwhile Wigan full-back Maynor Figueroa now plies his trade - are faring much better, second to leaders Colorado Rapids only on goal difference.

Telegraph.co.uk

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