FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids: Preview and Predictions

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Can FC Dallas end their eight game winless rut?

FC Dallas returns to action as they kick off their June slate with a visit from Oscar Pareja's former side, the Colorado Rapids.

Colorado is coming into this game unbeaten in their last three games with two of the wins being blowout games at home before a scoreless draw this past Wednesday against Chicago.

FCD hopes to end their current eight game winless streak, as they are coming off a 2-1 loss last weekend to San Jose.

FC Dallas Notes:

Injury report:

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

Questionable: Michel (hamstring)

Suspended: Adam Moffat

One goal losses. According to the club's game notes, FC Dallas already has as many one‐goal losses (6) as it had all of last season. Four of those six losses were by a margin of 2‐1. In the past 18 MLS seasons, FC Dallas' average for one‐goal losses in a season is 5.6. The record for one goal losses in a year is 12, which occurred during the 1997 season. In MLS history, the New England Revolution has beaten FC Dallas by one goal a record 12 times while the Columbus Crew has beaten FC Dallas by a 2‐1 score a record nine times.

Castillo and his shooting. Midfielder Fabian Castillo has played in 95 games for FCD since 2011. His career high for shots in a season is 45 (in 2013). Castillo's average this season has been 2.6 per match (40 in 15 games), which means he will likely break his record in the next two matches. Castillo ranks seventh in MLS. He is tied with Vancouver's Pedro Morales.

Injuries and suspensions. As of June 6, FC Dallas players have missed 74 games due to injury. Another five games have been lost due to suspensions. Six players have been ejected through the first 15 matches this season. The club record for red cards in a season is seven, which occurred during the 2008 season.

Quick Notes:

REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Greg Barkey; AR2 (opposite): Claudio Badea; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal MLS Career: 249 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 60; pens: 59

SUSPENDED: DAL: Adam Moffat (through June 8)
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Fabian Castillo
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Matt Hedges, Michel, Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (59 meetings): FC Dallas 28 wins (2 shootout), 96 goals ... Rapids 20 wins (1 shootout), 73 goals ... Ties 11
AT DALLAS (30 meetings): FC Dallas 20 wins (2 shootout), 56 goals ... Rapids 6 wins (1 shootout), 30 goals ... Ties 4
FUTURE MATCHES: 8/9: FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids, 8 p.m. CT; 10/18: Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas, 1 p.m. MT

Coaches record: Pablo Mastroeni v DAL: first game ... Oscar Pareja vs. COL: first game

Prediction:

I believe if FCD doesn't play to the emotions of the Rapids in this game, things could, could turn out well for them. The thing is this bunch doesn't look like they have the make-up of winning this game at the moment. It isn't just the injuries. It also isn't just the discipline issues. It is coming down to an effort thing and lately FCD's effort has just been lacking in various aspects of the game. I do think this one will be tightly contested with a lot of fouls. Colorado is a team that is sound defensively and leads the league in shutouts this season. I would imagine if the game drags on without a goal that they will be content with another shutout but I think both teams will get on the board in this one with Colorado sneaking out with points unfortunately.

FC Dallas 1, Colorado 2

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

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