FRISCO TX - AUGUST 08: Peter Nowak head coach of the Philadelphia Union leads his team against FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park on August 8 2010 in Frisco Texas. FC Dallas beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
FC Dallas (3-6-3) hosts Philadelphia Union (2-6-1) tonight at FC Dallas Stadium in a game between two teams that desperately need three points. My apologies for not getting a pre-game thread up sooner, but I was fairly occupied this afternoon for reasons that I probably don't need to tell you.
The lineups are in and there's a bunch of changes for FC Dallas.
Hartman - Hedges - John - Pertuz - Benitez - Hernandez(c) - Marcelin - Jacobson - Jackson - Leyva - Perez
It looks like FC Dallas has moved back to the 4-5-1 with Hernandez & Marcelin sitting deep while pushing Jacobson up the field. Apparently, Castillo wasn't able to recover from his ankle sprain in time for the game giving Bryan Leyva his third start of the season. The FC Dallas bench contains Seitz - Guarda - Hernandez M. - Rodriguez - Sealy - Ulloa - Luna.
For Philadelphia, Michael Lahoud moves straight into the starting XI from Chivas: Harrison - Williams - Valdes - Farfan M. - Gaddis - Daniel - Lahoud - Gomez - Carroll - Pajoy - Mwanga.
My prediction for the match: 2-1 FC Dallas
FCD gets back on the winning side of things with Perez leading the way. Philadelphia doesn't know how to deal with Bryan Leyva and Dallas scores a much needed win.