Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting Chivas USA

Erick Torres leads Chivas USA into Frisco for the second time this season.

FC Dallas is back in action tomorrow night at Toyota Stadium as they host Chivas USA.

FCD won the last meeting between these two sides back in March, a 3-1 decision. Chivas USA have come away with two wins and six ties in 14 all-time games at Frisco.

Injury Report

I'll stick with the league's injury report as Chivas has a slew of players listed as out.

Out: Matthew Dunn (Concussion), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (R Sports Hernia Repair), Lyle Martin (R Hamstring Strain), Thomas McNamara (R ACL Reconstruction)

Projected Lineup

Wilmer Cabrera has shifted lately to a 4-2-3-1 type formation that resembles what FCD uses.

Goalkeeper: Dan Kennedy; RB: Eric Avila; CB: Carlos Bocanegra, Bobby Burling; LB: Donny Toia; CM: Oswaldo Minda, Agustin Pelletieri; RM: Mauro Rosales; AM: Martin Rivero; LM: Leandro Barrera; FW: Erick Torres

Key Matchup

Victor Ulloa vs. Martin Rivero - With Hendry Thomas out for FC Dallas, the weight of the midfield may go to the young Homegrown. Ulloa has shown well in recent weeks against top competition and Rivero will certainly pose a threat in the middle of the field for Chivas USA. Rivero is a shifty type of player who does a good job of finding an open teammate.

Keys to Three Points

Spread them wide. I mentioned this last week in the San Jose preview but it will ring true with Chivas. In the last meeting with Chivas, the times that FCD saw success in the attack was when they pulled them wide and stretched out the field. Fabian Castillo and Je-Vaughn Watson were very active in that game, resulting in a goal apiece for the two wingers. Both need to be active in this one to spark the attack. Blas Perez needs to have a big game as well, holding up the ball and allowing the wingers to make good runs off the ball.

Make the most of set pieces. This may be true no matter who FCD faces this season. As long as Michel is on the field, he will always be dangerous in the dead ball situations. Chivas has given up five goals off set pieces or penalty kicks this season.

Be discipline. The last time these two squared off there were a total of 38 fouls committed. Chivas may have done the lion's share of that with 24 but that game did result with a lot of yellow cards and one red card to Hendry Thomas. Chivas is a feisty team that will cause issues for Dallas across the field if they aren't careful.

Limit the space Torres gets. Torres is a ridiculous finisher on the ball. His eight goals are a sign that he is not only a quality player but he makes the most of his chances in front of the goal. He isn't getting a ton of goals from outside the penalty box, meaning he finds the pockets of space behind the defense and finishes off the play on his skill alone. FCD has not done a great job lately at limiting strikers space in and around the penalty box.

Have that killer mentality. One thing that hasn't happened recent is the ability for FCD to finish the ball on the offensive end. It isn't that they lost their killer mentality all together but there is a certain spark that needs to happen in order for them to get back to their strong attacking ways. Finding that will be key in winning this game.

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