FC Dallas Depth Severely Tested Tonight

FRISCO, TX - AUGUST 11: Jair Benitez #5 of FC Dallas celebrates his goal against the Colorado Rapids with teammates at FC Dallas Stadium on August 11, 2012 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

There's hasn't been a game this year where Schellas Hyndman hasn't had to make some changes due to injury, suspension or callups, but tonight the case gets extreme. Let's look at who is unavailable tonight:

Injury: Ugo Ihemelu, Alex Lee, Blas Perez, Ricardo Villar

International Absence: Brek Shea, Julian de Guzman, Carlos Rodriguez

Did not travel: James Marcelin (coach's decision), Scott Sealy (injury? Was out Saturday due to injury but not on Tuesday MLS injury report)

The other major question is the status of Jackson. The Brazilian traveled to Vancouver, but was listed on Tuesday's injury report as doubtful as he looks to return from concussion symptoms. If he is not able to start, the lineup could look something like this:

Hartman - Loyd - Hedges - John - Benitez - Hernandez - Jacobson - Ferreira - Castillo - Leyva - Luna

Bench: Seitz - Guarda - Jackson - Pertuz - Warshaw - Ulloa - Top

Literally the only FCD squad player not used tonight will likely be Richard Sanchez and if Jackson is unable to go, you could see FCD with only six substitutes tonight.

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The interesting thing about the lineup is that it's actually a pretty decent starting XI with a good, nearly first choice, defense and a spine of Hernandez/Jacobson/Ferreira.

The biggest question becomes what happens on the right side. I stuck Leyva in there, but the reality is you could see Jackson(though I left him out due to his doubtful status), or even Zach Loyd if Hernan Pertuz starts at right back.

Vancouver will be missing a bunch of starters too, though their veteran depth certainly helps the Whitecaps. Check out this article for a better look at their absences tonight.

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