On Saturday night, FCD continues their young MLS campaign in Frisco against Real Salt Lake and while FC Dallas will be missing Blas Perez and Raul Fernandez for the match due to World Cup Qualifiers, it pales in comparison to the amount of talent that will be missing from the RSL lineup.
The US team for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico was announced today and on that roster are three of RSL's most important players. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando, midfielder Kyle Beckerman and defender Tony Beltran were called up for the United States, but that's not all. Forward Alvaro Saborio was called up for Costa Rica and midfielder Abdoulie Mansally has been summoned by The Gambia.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (World Cup qualifying Caps/Goals) - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa - 5/3 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire - 0/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake - 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake - 0/0), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City - 0/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City - 6/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy - 1/0), Clarence Goodson (Brondby - 5/0), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes - 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla - 26/6), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake - 2/0), Michael Bradley (Roma - 20/5), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana - 1/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor - 10/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 - 6/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht - 13/0), Brek Shea (Stoke City - 2/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City - 4/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar - 18/6), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna - 2/0), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur - 27/11), Herculez Gomez (Santos - 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC - 12/10)
Saborio is the only player who has scored for RSL this season with three strikes while Beckerman, Beltran and Rimando have played every possible minute in their club's three games this season.
In reserve, you're likely to see the little spark plug Joao Plata for RSL while Josh Saunders, Lovel Palmer and Ned Grabavoy or Yordany Alvarez could start in place of the other absences. While you don't want to project any sort of results, these absences make Saturday's matchup against Jason Kreis' side one that FCD should be heavily favored in and one that needs to be another three points before their two-game road trip and then tougher home games against LA and Vancouver await.