August 18, 2012; Sandy, UT, USA; FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea (20) controls the ball during the second half against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. FC Dallas defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
FC Dallas(32 points, 8-11-8) takes their three-game winning streak on the road to The Home Depot Center for a potentially season-defining game against Los Angeles Galaxy (37 points, 11-11-4). Kickoff is around 6:20pm on NBC Sports Network. With Vancouver losing yesterday, I don't think I need to tell you how important this one is.
2 Points The gap that ballooned to 11 points with the 1-0 loss to LA has shriveled to 5 points and should Dallas sneak a win out of the City of Angels tonight will drop to a minuscule 2 points. Want to put some real fear into the teams above you? Win the game tonight and the last 6 games will be a sprint.
This Season It's been two pretty weird games between FCD and LA this year. There was the game in LA where Dallas had the penalty but gave up a late...and probably deserved...equalizer. Then, of course, the tilt in Frisco where a Galaxy team sans Beckham and Donovan thoroughly dominated FCD.
Who's the forward? I talked about it yesterday and again today the biggest thing to watch on the team sheet is whether Blas gets the start up front or Jackson...possibly Sealy as well. The whole dynamic of things change if Perez gets the start.
Keys to the game
Passing out of the back You will be able to tell whether Dallas is in form probably within the first 15 minutes tonight by watching whether the back four are passing it around as they'd like and getting the ball down the wings or if the Galaxy smothers FCD with pressure.
Never take your eyes of Keane As I talked about in my MLS article, Robbie Keane is a guy that gave the FCD center backs all sorts of problems last time they played. Matt Hedges and George John will have to be incredibly on their game tonight to watch him at all times and not allow him to get into the game early.
REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Anthony Vasoli; AR2 (opposite): Corey Parker; 4th: Juan Guzman
Stott's MLS career: 227 games; FC/gm: 25.6; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 59; pens: 48
Prediction(12-14 on the season)
Wow, what an amazing game we have in store. These are the kind of exciting games you love to watch as a fan and you love to play in. National TV with a real declaration of playoff intent on the line for Dallas while LA can majorly solidify playoff standing with a win. It's tough to make a prediction before I see the team sheet and see how many minutes Blas can give you. I was going to say 1-1 but screw it, homer call.
2-1 FC Dallas