Gotta keep this one short and sweet today, but suffice to say today is, for me, the biggest game of the season so far. With RSL and Colorado, two of their main competitors in the west, dropping points this weekend, Dallas can pull even for 3rd place in the West with a win today.
Game notes and keys:
Life after Ferreira Dallas passed the first test without DF10 with flying colors last weekend, coming from a goal down to win at Vancouver, but today is a whole other beast. Los Angeles has lost just one of five on the road this season and leads the league in points with 15 from 8 games played. What a fantastic chance for FC Dallas to show today, in front of the home fans, that they're more than just a one-man team. I anticipate Eric Avila getting the start in Ferreira's position today, his first start in the attacking mid role.
Weather a factor It's going to be chilly and rainy today. How will that affect things? Well I'd anticipate a frantic first 20 minutes as I feel FC Dallas is going to come out of the locker room guns blazing, but it should be a slick field tonight and whoever copes with the weather best is going to win the game.
Set pieces Simply put, FC Dallas is not good defending set pieces while Los Angeles has the best dead ball specialist in the league. We say it every week, but no stupid set pieces. Make them earn everything they get.
Focus on defense I know it's a negative way to think, but for me the most important thing from this game is for FC Dallas to get the defense together and pitch a shutout. If you tie 0-0 that's ok for me, just shore the defense up as it's the key for FC Dallas staying afloat in the league.
Landon Donovan doesn't know what to expect from FC Dallas this weekend
“[FC Dallas’ appearance] is a little bit of a crapshoot,” Donovan said. “We don’t really know, so we spent this week focusing on ourselves, and we’ll go there with a good attitude.”
Daniel Hernandez agrees that defense is a key to tonight's game
Stopping LA will be a tough task for an FCD team that’s conceded and number of self-admitted "easy goals" through the first six games. FC Dallas captain Daniel Hernandez is ready to put that to an end.
“We have to continue trying to defend as a team,” said Hernandez. “We had some breakdowns at the beginning of this season but they are going to be a handful so we have to continue trying to defend as a team, definitely trying to clog up the middle.”
REFEREE: Alex Prus.
SAR (bench): Rob Fereday;
JAR (opposite): Adam Garner;
4th: Allen Chapman
Alex Prus MLS Career: 180 games; FC/gm: 27.6; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 42; pens: 49
FC Dallas comes out strong and takes a 1-0 first half lead, but Los Angeles peg them back in the second half.