FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Union: Preview and Prediction

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What will it take to beat the Union tonight? We discuss that below.

FC Dallas enters Friday's Fourth of July battle with the Philadelphia Union unbeaten in their last three league games.

Union made a winner of interim manager Jim Curtin in his coaching debut, a 3-1 victory at the New England Revolution last Saturday.

FC Dallas Notes:

Injury report:

Out: Kellyn Acosta (knee), George John (knee), Jair Benitez (ankle)

Questionable: Walker Zimmerman (hamstring)

One-goal losses. According to the 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.

Goalscorers. FC Dallas is tied for the lead in MLS with 10 different goal scorers to date this season. Philadelphia, Kansas City and D.C. United also have 10.

Injuries and suspensions. Including Dallas' two matches in the U.S. Open Cup, the team has lost 102 games due to injury so far this season. Another nine games have been lost due to suspensions. A total of 10 players have been ejected through the first 18 matches this season. The club record for red cards in a season was seven, which occurred during the 2008 season.

Quick Notes:

REFEREE: Edvin Jurisevic. SAR (bench): Paul Scott; JAR (opposite): Jonathan Johnson; 4th: Jose Carlos Rivero MLS Career: 74 games; FC/gm: 22.4; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 12; pens: 11

SUSPENDED: DAL: Fabian Castillo (through July 27)
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Fabian Castillo
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Matt Hedges, Michel, Blas Perez, Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa ... PHI: Maurice Edu, Fabinho, Raymon Gaddis
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (6 meetings): FC Dallas 2 wins, 11 goals ... Union 0 wins, 7 goals ... Ties 4
AT DALLAS (3 meetings): FC Dallas 2 wins, 6 goals ... Union 0 wins, 2 goals ... Ties 1

Coaches record: Jim Curtin vs. DAL: first game ... Oscar Pareja vs. PHI: P3 W1 L1 T1

Prediction:

Gaining Perez and Moises Hernandez back in the lineup for this one is a huge plus for this side. Not to mention hearing that both Mauro Diaz and Hendry Thomas are getting healthy here. While I don't expect either to be on the bench this weekend, much less come off it and play, I think their presence in training has really boosted this side. While Philly is doing well these days, I think FCD has the momentum to carry them in this one. Both teams will be looking a little towards next week in the USOC, so expect a tight game. FCD will come away with this one though.

FC Dallas 2, Philadelphia 1

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

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