Dallas hopes to extend their eight-game unbeaten run tonight against the Revs. To do that they'll have to get the offense going early, possess the ball better and hope New England shows up flat due to the Texas heat (should be in the 90s today).
Keys to winning today:
1. Get Brek Shea/Marvin Chavez/Fabian Castillo involved early. We may have a lineup juggle again tonight due to the injury to Zach Loyd (not sure if that means Shea will be in the back or not just yet) but in any case the offese runs through these guys. Finding space in the attack and using their speed will be key. New England doesn't do well against teams that spread them out.
(Read on for more information about today's match)
2. Lock down Shalrie Joseph. Everything runs through and around him. Stop him, you stop New England.
3. Winning the midfield. With Andrew Jacobson and Daniel Hernandez I feel comfortable about this one but they have to control the tempo in this one from start to finish.
4. Lineup juggle. We had this going into the Seattle and the Houston match. The unknown about one or two defenders. In Seattle it was with Jackson, in Houston it was with George John. Now it centers around Zach Loyd. John should be back and I'd imagine Jair Benitez will be in the lineup for Jackson. Who'll cover Loyd remains a mystery if he can't go here. He sat out of practice the other day after he picked up a knock in practice earlier in the week. At worst Shea moves to the back for this one, something I know none of you will be thrilled with. We won't know until game time since Loyd is game-time decision.
5. Don't overlook the Revs. What can worry me about Dallas is they could over look this New England squad. They nearly did a year ago at home and almost ended their unbeaten run earlier than 19-games. With an eight-game mark on them right now they can't look ahead to anyone else but New England. The Revs had had more success at PHP than most clubs have had. I'm sure Hyndman will preach this to the club before tonight's match.
MATCH DAY INFO:
- 3:00 p.m. Gates open
- 3:30 p.m. USMNT vs. Spain watching party
- 5:30 p.m. Crawfish Boil, Live Music and FIFA11 Xbox tournament
- 7:00 p.m. March to the Match led by Ignacio Barbero, an FC Dallas Season Ticket Holder since 1996
- 7:30 p.m. Kickoff
- Recognition of the Street Soccer Dallas team during 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"
REFEREE: Mark Kadlecik. SAR (bench): Sean Hurd; JAR (opposite): Colin Arblaster; 4th: Edvin Jurisevic MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 23.8; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 2; pens: 1
INJURY REPORT: FC DALLAS - OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle); QUESTIONABLE: DF George John (groin strain); FW Maykel Galindo (L plantar fascia strain); MF Bryan Leyva (R ankle) ...
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION - OUT: DF Ryan Cochrane (concussion); MF Benny Feilhaber (R ankle sprain); MF Marko Perovic (L knee sprain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Ousmane Dabo (R adductor strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: George John, Andrew Jacobson ... NE: Shalrie Joseph; Stephen McCarthy
ALL-TIME (35 meetings): FC Dallas 10 wins (1 shootout), 45 goals...Revolution 22 wins (1 shootout), 63 goals...Ties 3
AT DALLAS (18 meetings): FC Dallas 5 wins (0 shootout), 21 goals ... Revolution 11 wins (0 shootout), 28 goals ... Ties 2
RETURN MATCH: 9/10: New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. ET
LAST YEAR (MLS):
5/1: NE 1, DAL 1 (Harris 66 - Schilawski 41)
9/22: DAL 2, NE 2 (Ferreira 80; Cunningham 90 - Joseph 5; Stolica 66)
• FC Dallas have only won once in six games vs. New England all-time in all competitions at Pizza Hut Park. That win came in 2006; the streak includes one draw in league play (last year), and a 3-2 Revolution win in the 2007 U.S. Open Cup Final.
• FC Dallas last won in New England in 2003, a 2-1 win on July 16. The Revolution had won six consecutive home games vs. FCD before last year's 1-1 draw in Foxborough.
• Coaches record: Schellas Hyndman vs. NE: P4 W1 L1 D2 ... Steve Nicol vs. DAL: P19 W13 L4 D2
FC Dallas Starting XI: Kevin Hartman; Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jair Benitez; Eric Alexander, Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson, Brek Shea; Fabian Castillo, and Marvin Chavez
New England Starting XI: Matt Reis; Kevin Alston, Ryan Cochrane, AJ Soares, Didier Domi; Zak Boggs, Ousmane Dabo, Shalrie Joseph, Stephen McCarthy; Chris Tierney and Rajko Lekic.