Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting San Antonio Scorpions

FC Dallas enters Tuesday's fourth round match a bit banged up against one of the stronger NASL sides.

After a 2-2 tie with Portland Timbers to finish MLS action before the two-week World Cup break, FC Dallas welcomes NASL San Antonio Scorpions to Toyota Stadium for a fourth round match-up in the Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup.

The last time the two teams met resulted in a 1-1 tie in FCD's last preseason match March 1.

Probable starting lineup

The Scorpions will most likely come into this match in the 4-3-3 formation that has given them success most recently in a 4-2 victory over North Texas Rayados, a 2-1 win over Indy Eleven and a 2-2 draw with Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

GK: Jeremy Vuolo; LB: Stephen Deroux; CB: Adrian Cann, Greg Janicki; RB: Jonathan Borrajo; LM: Walter Restrepo; CM: Julius James; RM: Danny Barrera; LF: Sainey Touray; CF: Eric Hassli; RF: Billy Forbes.

Key Matchup

Eric Hassli vs. Toyota Stadium - Hassli makes his return to Frisco Tuesday night and nothing would be sweeter for him than to eliminate his old squad from competition on their home ground. FCD will have a lot to handle with the 6'3, 211 pound French striker.

Keys to Advancing

Don't underestimate the opponent. Sure, San Antonio is in a lower league than the Major League Soccer, but that doesn't mean anything. New York Cosmos, Atlanta Silverbacks, and Carolina Railhawks all defeated their MLS opponents Sunday to move on to the next round. On top of that, the Scorpions are ranked as one of the best NASL teams, currently slated third in the standings. Anything can happen.

Don't let Hassli attack. Since joining the Scorpions, Hassli has asserted himself as one of the top strikers for San Antonio, and one of the better strikers in the league. Hassli leads the Scorpions with three goals on the season and tied with Billy Forbes in assists with three.

Don't fall off on offense. The FCD offense has been hot in their two games in June. In May, FCD played seven games and only scored five goals. In the past two games, FCD has combined for five goals. The Hoops need to continue on that hot streak Tuesday night by feeding the ball wide and working it in. If FCD has any space in the attacking-third, have at it. When you're hot, you don't let back.

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