FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy: Preview and Prediction

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FCD is winless in their last five games.

Time to quickly preview tonight's game between FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy. FCD is winless in their last five as they head west to LA to meet the Galaxy.

The Galaxy have gone four games in a row without a win, ending their road swing with a 1-0 loss at the Houston Dynamo last weekend.

FC Dallas Notes:

Injury report:

Out: Kellyn Acosta (knee), Mauro Diaz (knee), Hendry Thomas (muscle tear), George John (knee), Michel (hamstring)

Questionable: Andres Escobar (back)

23 players through 11 games. According to the team's game notes, under Oscar Pareja, FC Dallas has started 21 of its 30 players. Last season, a total of 23 players started matches for FC Dallas. A franchise‐record, 30 different players started a match for FC Dallas during the 2009 season. One year later, FC Dallas equaled a franchise‐low of 20 players (2001, 2004 and 2010). The club average for starters in a season is 22.

Youth being served. Seven of FC Dallas' 21 starters this season are 22‐years‐old or younger, nine are 23 or younger and 10 are 24 or younger. FCD is also third in the league in total minutes played by Homegrown players this season.

Quick Notes:

REFEREE: Allen Chapman. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Fabio Tovar; 4th: Daniel Radford MLS Career: 37 games; FC/gm: 22.0; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 9; pens: 10

SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: CHV: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Fabian Castillo, Michel

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (60 meetings): Galaxy 29 wins (1 shootout), 107 goals... FC Dallas 20 wins (1 shootout), 80 goals... Ties 11 AT LA (30 meetings): Galaxy 21 wins (1 shootout), 62 goals ... FC Dallas 5 wins (1 shootout), 29 goals ... Ties 4 RETURN MATCHES: 9/20: LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. PT; 10/12: FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy, 6 p.m. CT

Coaches record: Oscar Pareja vs. LA: P6 W2 L3 T1 ... Bruce Arena vs. DAL: P23 W12 L8 T4

Prediction:

Winning in LA is always a rare thing for FCD. Only five all-time in the regular season (six if you count the Western Conference final in 2010). The odds certainly aren't in FCD's favor in that matter but LA is coming into this game on a cold streak as well. Add in the international absences to Donovan and Gonzalez and things could go in FCD's favor here. I think a fair result would be a draw here in this one though. Neither side has played well over the last month but at some point the luck will have to turn for FCD. I think they get one early but give one up late.

FC Dallas 1, LA Galaxy 1

What is your prediction for tonight's game? Let's hear it below.

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