FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Preview and Prediction

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas hopes to kick off May with a win.

The New York Red Bulls come to town for the only meeting this season with FC Dallas. The two sides have had a fun history against one another, with the Red Bulls hosting a better record as of late winning three out of their last four matches in Frisco.

FC Dallas Notes:

Against the East. In the past two seasons, FC Dallas has compiled a 6‐4‐5 record against Eastern Conference opponents. Three of the four losses occurred during a 20 day period (9/22/13 - 10/12/13) when FC Dallas went 0‐3‐0 against New York (0‐1), Columbus (2‐4) and Chicago (2‐3). The fourth occurred last weekend versus United in Washington, D.C.

From the corner. FC Dallas averaged 2.5 corner kicks per match through its first six games. Against Toronto FC on April 19, it recorded a franchise record of 16. Last match, FC Dallas recorded no corner kicks in a 4‐1 loss to D.C. United. The team is now averaging 3.87 corner kicks per match.

Quick stats from DCU game - Here are the Opta stats from last week's game:
Matt Hedges: Five interceptions, five clearances.
Jair Benitez: 37/44 passing efficiency, one key pass.
Hendry Thomas: 19/23 passing efficiency
Fabian Castillo: Three successful dribbles.
Blas Perez: Seven headers won.
David Texeira: 6/7 passing efficiency, 1 free kick won, 1 through ball, 2 key passes.

FCD lost their second game of the season last weekend, falling 4-1 at D.C. United to drop out of the top spot in the Western Conference for the first time. Mauro Diaz opened the scoring in the 12th minute for Dallas, but that's all the visitors would get as D.C. United would go on to score four unanswered goals to beat Dallas 4-1. FC Dallas played with 10 men for over a half after Zach Loyd was sent off for his second yellow card. Michel was also issued a red card late in the game.

The Red Bulls stretched their undefeated run to three games and moved within a point of the top spot in the East, coming back for a 1-1 draw at the Columbus Crew last weekend.

New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry will make his 100th MLS regular season appearance in the next match he plays. Currently with three goals and two assists this season, Henry is second all-time in goals scored (44) and third in assists (30) since joining the Red Bulls from FC Barcelona as a Designated Player in July 2010.

Prediction:

The losses of Diaz, Acosta, Michel and Loyd should be too much to overcome in this one given the talent that the Red Bulls possess. The defense has to step up and my gut tells me this one will be close no matter what. I may be too optimistic here with this prediction but I think Dallas gets on the board early but struggles to hold on to the lead late. Thomas has a big game keeping Henry at bay but Bradley Wright-Phillips sneaks one in late.

FC Dallas 1, NY 1

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

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