FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes meet for the second time this season when the Western Conference clubs face off at Toyota Stadium on tomorrow evening.
FCD returns home following a two-game road swing that concluded with a scoreless draw at Real Salt Lake last weekend. It was the club's first shutout of the season but it also extended their winless streak to seven games.
The Quakes extended their home undefeated run with a 3-0 win against the Houston Dynamo at Buck Shaw Stadium, a streak that also includes a 2-1 win against FC Dallas on May 10.
FC Dallas Notes:
Questionable: Andrew Jacobson (ankle), Michel (hamstring)
Youthful backline wins. FC Dallas started its youngest back four of the season last match. The grouping of Moises Hernandez (22), Matt Hedges (24), Walker Zimmerman (21) and Zach Loyd (26) allowed only one shot on goal. With an average age of 23.25 according to the club's game notes, the group was the youngest this season by 1.25 years. The previous record this season was 24.5, which occurred on opening day. Through 14 games, FC Dallas has allowed an average of five shots per game this season.
Homegrown minutes. FC Dallas Homegrown players have accumulated 1,479 minutes so far this season (21GP, 17GS), which according to the club is second in the league behind the Colorado Rapids. Danny Garcia, the ninth FC Dallas Homegrown player to see time with the first team, has logged 282 minutes in central midfield. Moises Hernandez (201 MP) and Victor Ulloa (574 MP) have also seen increased minutes recently, while Kellyn Acosta (282 MP) is recovering from an injury suffered in training.
Injuries and suspensions. As of May 30, FC Dallas players have missed 69 games due to injury. Another five games have been lost due to suspensions. Five players have been ejected from matches this season. The club record for red cards in a season is seven, which occurred during the 2008 season.
REFEREE: Jose Carlos Rivero. AR1 (bench): Philippe Briere; AR2 (opposite): Jonathan Johnson; 4th: Kevin Terry Jr. MLS Career: 24 games; FC/gm: 27.3; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 7; pens: 12
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Fabian Castillo
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Matt Hedges, Michel, Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa ... SJ: Steven Lenhart
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: SJ: Chris Wondolowski (USA); Victor Bernardez (HON)
ALL-TIME (51 meetings): FC Dallas 16 wins (3 shootout), 58 goals ... Earthquakes 24 wins (4 shootout), 84 goals ... Ties 11
AT DALLAS (25 meetings): FC Dallas 10 wins (1 shootout), 32 goals ... Earthquakes 9 wins (0 shootout), 35 goals ... Ties 6
FUTURE MATCH: 8/16: San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. PT
Coaches record: Mark Watson v DAL: P3 W2 L0 D1 ... Oscar Pareja vs. SJ: P7 W0 L6 D1
The brutally tough month of May is nearly up and finishing strong will go a long way in how this club handles the summer months ahead. I think getting the shutout (or the monkey off the defense's back) last week was a big - if not huge - step in the right direction for the club. That momentum should carry over at home as some players got a little extra rest this week being back in their comfort zone. San Jose is playing well but they didn't particularly dominate FCD last time around at home, and they're definitely not a good road team either. I think FCD finds a way to push it offensively and grinds out a win, even if it ends up being ugly.
FC Dallas 2, San Jose 1
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