FCD heads to the nation's capital to take on a reeling DC United side led by interim manager Ben Olsen at RFK Stadium on Saturday night.
The game is on FSN Southwest Plus at 7PM and with the game going directly up against the Rangers-Red Sox game I expect about 15 viewers...hell I'm going to the Rangers game tomorrow night and Tivoing the FCD game.
For me, this is a game that just screams trap. DC United is truly awful and hasn't won an MLS game since June 10th, but there's something about Ben Olsen's first game as manager at RFK that scares the hell out of me. Make no mistake, FCD will have to come to play or they will lose tomorrow. Anything other than 3 points is a disappointment against a team that has lost 13 out of 19 games, but I think Dallas has a bit of a let down and draws 1-1 with DC.
Some hot fresh game links to educate you further on the game after the jump
Jeff Cunningham's media silence doesn't bother his teammates...with this brilliant quote from Heath Pearce
"He’s not paid to talk to the media—he’s paid to score goals," said defender Heath Pearce. "If [not talking to the media is] what he chooses to do, we all stand behind him not only in his quest to set the record but to help us in getting wins."
Steve Hunt tells us about Schellas Hyndman's choices for the midfield tomorrow night...(It'll be Alexander)
Hyndman said he was pleased with Alexander's defensive prowess, but he also wanted to see a bit more from him in the attack.
"If I can get forward, I’m going to try, but my main goal is to help Daniel back there and lock down the center mid," Alexander said.
However, with starting center back Ugo Ihemelu out for this weekend’s game after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s win over Philadelphia, Hyndman might very well go with the rookie in the midfield because of his defensive mentality.
Schellas Hyndman is winless at RFK .
"Since I’ve coached here at FC Dallas, it’s a tough place for us for whatever reason," Hyndman said. "It could be the hotel. It could be the city, the pollution or all the politicians. I don’t know what it is but the ball doesn’t seem to bounce for us there."
United have scored twice in their last seven games and interim coach Ben Olsen desperately needs someone to step up. Striker Chris Pontius is doubtful for Saturday due to hamstring tightness, which may hand an opportunity to Danny Allsopp, Jaime Moreno or, if he’s back to full fitness after his recent surgery, Adam Cristman.
We could see a new player on the field for FCD tomorrow night as Jackson has traveled with the team to DC
"He is an excellent flank player and everything you’d expect from a Brazilian," Gorman said. "He is very quick both physically and mentally. He is also very good at getting crosses in and he is not afraid to shoot."
Learn everything you need to know about DC United heading into the game with their Friday notes
Clyde Simms is unlikely to feature against United's Western Conference opponent. Simms sustained a calf injury against Real Salt Lake on July 31, and the central midfielder is still not fully recovered from the ailment
Their Thursday notes have some bits of goodness too
Saturday’s contest features two of the most exciting wide players in Major League Soccer in AndyNajar and Dallas’ Brek Shea. Najar has been a sensation for the Black-and-Red since joining the club’s first team from the Academy ranks in March of this year. The 17-year-old has five goals in all competitions for United, leading the way in scoring from his right wing position.