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What Kind of Lineup Will We See Tonight From FC Dallas?

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SANDY, UT - JULY 9: Players of FC Dallas pose for a team picture before a game against Real Salt Lake at an MLS soccer game July 9, 2011 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Real Salt Lake beat FC Dallas 2-0. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
SANDY, UT - JULY 9: Players of FC Dallas pose for a team picture before a game against Real Salt Lake at an MLS soccer game July 9, 2011 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Real Salt Lake beat FC Dallas 2-0. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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As Bobby Rhine and Schellas have said a few times, bad teams don't play a lot of games and one of the drawbacks to being a good team is your lineup will get stretched. Tonight is one of those nights for a Dallas team that is suddenly nursing a couple of key injuries. 

There are conflicting reports from news sources on whether or not Daniel Hernandez will play tonight. Robert Casner of FCDallas.com says Hernandez won't play tonight, while Todd Date of 3rd Degree has a quote from Schellas that makes it sound like he will play.  Mind Games.

Along with most, I figured that Hernandez was left behind on Saturday as a precaution to prepare for tonight's cup match, but I guess we will wait and see. My gut says he plays tonight because another spot of bother is the status of midfield partner Andrew Jacobson. Jacobson strained his hamstring on Saturday, being pulled midway through the first half, and I would anticipate that he doesn't play tonight.

So what kind of lineup will Dallas through out there against their Western Conference Rivals? Read on...

Operating on the assumption that Jacobson sits, I think you'll see Ricardo Villar slot into the midfield tonight to start for AJ. He was subbed in for him on Saturday, so you'd think Schellas will stay with Villar who has been playing much better of late and provides quality set piece service. You'll remember, he was man of the match against Orlando in the last round of the Open Cup providing a goal and assist. 

It will be very interesting to see if Bobby Warshaw gets the nod tonight after struggling mightily against Salt Lake on Saturday. 

I don't anticipate any other changes, though it's possible Andrew Wiedeman could be subbed in at right back with either Bobby Warshaw or Zach Loyd to the middle and George John to the bench, giving him a rest. I think that could be unlikely though. 

----------------------Hartman-------------------------

Loyd----------Ugo-----------John-----------Benitez

---------------------Hernandez-----------------------

Jackson-----------Alexander----------------Shea

----------------------Villar-------------------------------

-------------------------Luna---------------------------