FC Dallas vs Stoke City: Preview, Scouting and Prediction

Laurence Griffiths

The Potters are the first English side to visit Frisco.

The oldest club in the English Premier League hits Frisco tomorrow night as FC Dallas plays host to Stoke City FC.

This will be the second of three games in the States for the Potters as they are coming up from Houston before they go to Philadelphia next week.

FC Dallas notes:

First look at Diaz. FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman told reporters this week that he hopes to get newly signed midfielder Mauro Diaz some minutes in this friendly. Likely no more than 15 minutes given how he has only had one training session with the club.

Pull starters early. Hyndman also preached how he doesn't want to risk too much with this friendly, so expect some starters to get pulled early in this one. With guys like George John, David Ferreira, and Jackson not all at 100%, it makes no sense to even consider letting them go the full 90 in this one.

More time for the young guns. If anything, this is a good time to get more minutes for the homegrown players and guys like Ramon Nunez. Both saw minutes in the Reserve League game on Tuesday, and I would expect both will see a fair share of minutes in this one.

Scouting Stoke City:

The Potters come to Frisco fresh off a 2-0 loss to Houston on Wednesday night. As you would expect Stoke used all of their available subs in this one and will likely be doing the same. The Potters have a host of names that Dallas fans should be able to be happy to see on Saturday night. Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters will guide the offense while former Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron will be in the back.

New manager March Hughes brings his Potters in on their preseason tour hoping to ramp up minutes for key players ahead of the start of the new Premier League season. Naturally there wasn't a ton to take away from the Houston friendly even though Stoke did start a fairly strong lineup. I would imagine Hughes will do the same on Saturday night.

With any club in preseason, there is always a question of fitness levels as well as form. Stoke also won't be use to the heat in Texas as they seemed to melt away in it down in Houston on Wednesday night.

Prediction:

We've discussed how friendlies can be important and just a good time this week. At the end of the day, I fully expect Dallas to show up and play well in this one, even with some starters getting rested. Stoke may have controlled some parts of their game with Houston but dealing with the Texas heat is another thing. I think the most important thing for Dallas is to get on the board early and then let the young guys take over.

It should be a fun night at the stadium though. That is what these friendlies are for anyways.

Score: Dallas 2, Stoke 1

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