The 3-game marathon road trip hits the halfway point today at Red Bull Arena where FC Dallas will face off against the Red Bulls. For Dallas, this game is a chance to gain 3 points on their rivals with Los Angeles and Seattle off from MLS play this weekend, while New York will be looking to respond from their 4-1 defeat at Colorado on Wednesday which was probably their worst performance of the season.
Marquez in Tainio out? Reports from New York suggest that Rafa Marquez could make his return tonight for New York in his first game back with the club since Gold Cup, but Teemu Tainio's status is very much in question. From a lot of what I've read about New York, Tainio has been a key in the defensive midfield so it will be huge if he misses the match tonight.
Right back situation Jackson is definitely out tonight with yellow card accumulation, but the big question is Zach Loyd. Will the gaffer want to risk him with the big Champions League qualifier coming up on Wednesday or could Andrew Wiedeman get his first MLS start?
Revenge You wonder if the bad feelings between Kevin Hartman and Thierry Henry left over from last season will spill over into 2011. Dallas and New York played two very heated games last season and tonight could be a very spicy affair.
Keys to the game
Watch the counterattack With Dax McCarty, Dane Richards, Thierry Henry and Juan Agudelo, this team has a lot of guys that can hurt you on the counter attack. Dallas likes to get their center backs attacking on corners and set pieces so look out for New York on the quick counter from these.
Dominate in the air New York is a quick team but they're not physically a very tall team. With Andrew Jacobson likely starting in the midfield for this one, there's going to be a lot of opportunities for flick-on headers and such.
Referee: Jorge GONZALEZ
MLS Career Stats: 63 games, 3.3 Y/g, 20 R
Including Playoffs: 68 games, 3.3 Y/g, 22 R
MLS 2011: 10 games, 2.9 Y/g, 3 R
Assistant Referees: Greg BARKEY and Matthew KREITZER
Fourth Official: John MCCLOSKEY
New York 2 FC Dallas 1 I always hate playing teams coming home that just laid an egg on the road. They're always very motivated and happy to come home. Pair that with Marquez returning in the midfield, I just don't have a good feeling about this one. I hope Schellas gives some of the young guys a chance to show what they can do in this one with Champions League on the horizon.