Tonight FC Dallas plays their first and last road game of the month in MLS traveling to Foxboro to take on a struggling New England Revolution side that is winless in their last 7 games.
Fully rested I'm extremely interested to see how FC Dallas plays in this one as it's the first game in ages that Dallas can say they're truly themselves. We've seen the team grind out results while clearly not at 100% and we've seen some likely wins turn into draws because of tired legs. However, tonight is the perfect chance to get your swagger back against a league bottom-feeder
JJ combo It's looking like we'll see a John-Jacobson combo at center back with Ugo Ihemelu out on yellow card suspension. They played together for 90 minutes against Tigres last Saturday to decent results and I feel pretty comfortable with the two of them back there. There certainly won't be much chance of being beaten in the air.
Goals galore Just Toronto has allowed more goals than New England this season. However, they have only given up 17 goals in 13 home games which isn't a great record, but not awful. If you'll remember, Dallas struggled to break down New England earlier this year, winning just 1-0 at PHP.
Return of Jackson Expect Jackson to return to the starting lineup at right mid tonight with Marvin Chavez likely out due to his ankle injury. The Brazilian completely changed the game against Tigres coming on at halftime, and surely earned himself a start tonight...Bruno Guarda and Fabian Castillo are listed as out on the official injury report however.
Late drama Dallas has scored 10 goals in the last 15 minutes, the most of any 15 minute stretch in the game while New England has allowed 13 goals in the last 15 minutes, also the most in that 15 minute stretch for them.
Enormous 3 points With Los Angeles defeating Colorado and RSL facing off against Seattle, it's absolutely essential for Dallas to get three points in this one and either further their lead in 3rd place or jump into second place. This one is really a huge game in my eyes to set the tone for the final push.
Keys to the game
Don't press I do worry a bit that this FC Dallas team, knowing how important three points are, will press and get away from their game. If Dallas plays for 90 minutes like they have all season, I don't anticipate them struggling to dispatch New England. However...
Early goal An early goal likely kills this game. New England is 0-9-2 when allowing the first goal this season and given Dallas' rest, a first half goal could make this game a cakewalk eliminating any possible nerves.
REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo.
SAR (bench): Fabio Tovar; JAR (opposite): Ian Anderson;
4th: Jose Carlos Rivero
This is a total kiss of death, but I feel extremely confident ahead of this game. Dallas really impressed me in practice on Wednesday and all you heard from everyone was how nice is was to have a week off to rest up and get rid of any little knocks. I think Dallas rolls a terrible New England team with a first half goal from Maicon and second half strikes from Villar and Jackson