It's game day here in Frisco. FC Dallas is hosting Real Salt Lake tonight in a big Western Conference match. Both teams will be gunning for three points, especially now that both Portland and Seattle are neck and neck with the two sides in the standings after last night.
Dallas comes into this game riding a five-game unbeaten run while RSL are unbeaten in their last two league matches. Both clubs last loss came in Portland ironically enough.
Feel free to use this thread as your in-game discussion tonight!
(Read on for more game info, March to the Match info, rosters and more)
REFEREE: David Gantar.
SAR (bench): Claudio Badea;
JAR (opposite): Eric Boria;
4th: Matthew Foerster
MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 23.5; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 1; pens: 0
OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle);
DOUBTFUL: DF Jair Benitez (L knee); FW Maykel Galindo (L plantar fascia strain); FW Milton Rodriguez (IT band syndrome) ...
REAL SALT LAKE
OUT: MF Javier Morales (L ankle fracture dislocation);
QUESTIONABLE: FW Fabian Espíndola (L back muscle spasms); FW Paulo Jr. (L hamstring strain);
PROBABLE: FW Álvaro Saborío (R knee swelling)
DAL: Victor Ulloa (U.S. U-20 national team) ...
RSL: Luis Gil, Donny Toia (U.S. U-20 national team) ...
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none.
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: none
BROADCAST: 6:00 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Southwest; 1270 AM La Voz Del Pueblo
ALL-TIME (18 meetings): FC Dallas 11 wins, 30 goals ... Real 6 wins, 24 goals ... Ties 1
AT DALLAS (1 meeting): FC Dallas 8 wins, 18 goals ... Real 0 wins, 5 goals ... Ties 0
RETURN MATCH: 7/9: Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, 7 p.m. MT
LAST YEAR (MLS):
7/17: DAL 2, RSL 0 (Shea 69; Harris 76);
10/16: RSL 2, DAL 0 (Grabavoy 59; Morales 90)
Schellas Hyndman v RSL: P5 W2 L3 D0
Jason Kreis vs. DAL: P9 W4 L5 D0
4:00 p.m. March to the Match tailgate at Londoner Frisco
- March to the Match led by Dallas Cup champion FC Dallas 96 Boys Premier
4:30 p.m. Pizza Hut Park gates open with Happy Hour featuring $2 beers, $4 'ritas, $4 wine and $5 beer bombers available at the Beer Garden
- Pre-game performance by members of Bowling for Soup at the Beer Garden
6:00 p.m. Kickoff
- FC Dallas will honor the family of Freddy Garcia and Freddy Fund at halftime
- Join the FC Dallas Supporters during the 19th minute for 96 seconds of chanting. Chanting will start with "I Believe in FCD" followed by "Dallas 'Til I Die" and conclude with "FC Dallas Ole Ole Ole."
FC Dallas Starting XI: Kevin Hartman; Jackson Goncalves, Ugo Ihemelu, George John,Zach Loyd; Eric Alexander, Daniel Hernandez, Brek Shea, Andrew Jacobson, Marvin Chavez, and Fabian Castillo.
Real Salt Lake Starting XI: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltan, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers,Chris Wingert; Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman, Andy Williams; Arturo Alverez, and Alvaro Saborio.