Like we mentioned yesterday, the game day is a little early this week. Instead of tomorrow, we get our game out of the way tonight in Columbus as FC Dallas travels east to face the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium. We'll have a game preview up later on today, and a game thread for you to discuss the game tonight.
Dallas hits the road for the first time this season after losing their first game of the year to the San Jose Earthquakes a week ago. Columbus is home for the second straight week, last week they drew the New York Red Bulls in a 0-0 battle.
A few things to point out before we hit you with some game day reading material.
INJURY REPORT: COLUMBUS CREW - OUT: MF Danny O'Rourke (L knee surgery); DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: GK Andy Gruenebaum (R adductor strain) ... FC DALLAS - OUT: DF Kyle Davies (L ankle surgery recovery); DF Edson Edward (ACL tear)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CLB: Korey Veeder (U.S. U-20s) ... DAL: Moises Hernandez (U.S. U-20s)
ALL-TIME (38 meetings): Crew 15 wins (1 shootout), 52 goals ... FC Dallas 15 wins (1 shootout), 53 goals ... Ties 8
AT COLUMBUS (20 meetings): Crew 10 wins (0 shootout), 32 goals... FC Dallas 4 wins (0 shootout), 21 goals... Ties 6
RETURN MATCH: 7/2: FC Dallas vs. Columbus Crew, 9 p.m.
LAST YEAR (MLS):
4/10: DAL 2, CLB 2 (Cunningham 29; Avila 90 - Moffat 52; Barros Schelotto 82)
8/28: CLB 0, DAL 0
- The all-time series is deadlocked, with each team having won 15 matches, with 8 draws. Dallas has scored one more goal in the 38 meetings, 53-52.
- FC Dallas last won at Crew Stadium on Oct. 6, 2007, the Crew winning the next two meetings before last year's tie.
Columbus Crew links:
Rookie forward Tommy Heinemann's journey from a camp counselor to a MLS player. Interesting story, the kid also has a pretty wicked fro going on too.
In a way this as much Dallas related as it is Columbus related. We know about Jeff Cunningham's history against his former sides. I do wonder if this will be any different this year. Just think how he did against Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake, the Colorado Rapids and yes, even the Columbus Crew while he was in Dallas. Definitely a storyline to watch out for.
Interesting quotes from Columbus boss Robert Warzchya on players that are no longer with the club, mostly Guillermo Barros Schelotto. I do think the Crew would be different with him on the roster but in a way I respect the fact that Warzycha decided to rip the cord, so to speak, and move on to a younger roster.
Just like Dallas, the Crew have very few games on national TV this season. This is a chance for both sides to prove to the country that they belong on the national soccer scene.
Video interview with Warzycha and rookie Bernando Anor to discuss tonight's game.
FC Dallas links:
A few interesting quotes from practice the other day. Todd Date has you all covered and up to speed on what Schellas Hyndman is thinking for tonight's game. I think the biggest hint at a positional change is in there on the three central midfielders quote. Don't be shocked at all tonight if we see Dallas go with Jackson in the linking midfielder role with Ugo Ihemelu on the outside of the defense with Brek Shea and George John in the middle. Just a hunch.
Speaking of that linking midfielder. Here is a little more on it.
More Schellas quotes from the other day, still solid enough reading material to get you going.
Thoughts on Fabian Castillo's debut with the club last week. It will be a big storyline in tonight's game to see how much playing time he'll get. Don't be shocked if he starts but gets subbed out in the second half. Then again SH could leave him on the bench and bring him on for that "super-sub" role in the second half. Neither would surprise me.
Another preview for tonight's game.
Some cool notes on the Pioneer Cup. Do you feel like this is a rivalry or just a nice name to give when these two play one another? I kind of like the idea of having another rival.
Last and certainly not least, Bobby Rhine's lastest podcast with questions from your's truly and from Daniel. Its always fun when the club comes to us for questions. Usually it is the other way around.