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Matchday 2: FC Dallas at Chivas USA

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FCD looks to open the season 2-0 against lowly Chivas USA out in California

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FCD opens up their 2013 road campaign this afternoon at the Home Depot Center StubHub Center against Chivas USA. The goats lost their first match 3-0 at home against Columbus, though the scoreline didn't quite indicate how close the game was with Chivas hitting the post in the first half and conceding two late goals to the Crew in the loss. FC Dallas heads to LA looking to go 2-0 on the young season while a win today would be the first time a Schellas Hyndman-coached FC Dallas team started the season with two wins.

Notes

All time at Chivas FCD has found a relative amount of success historically playing at Chivas with a 5-3-2 record against the Goats in Carson, CA. Last year, FCD took a 1-0 lead through Blas Perez before disappointingly allowing a second half goal in an awful 1-1 draw.

Perez still out, but Hassli in? Schellas Hyndman said this week that Eric Hassli had his best practice so far on Monday and the Frenchman looked to be majorly shaking off the rust this week in practice. It wouldn't surprise me to see him play some part in the match, though he is very unlikely to start.

Viewing Options If you have Time Warner Cable, the game is in HD on channel 148, but if you're on another provider, today's game is on national TV on UniMas which was formerly known as Telefutura.

Keys to the Game

Get Ferreira more involved I wrote about it yesterday for MLSsoccer.com and it was a major point of emphasis in training all week for FC Dallas. To find success this afternoon, Dallas must get David Ferreira more involved than he was against Colorado as the Colombian had almost no impact on the match.

Retain possession FCD was dominated in possession against Colorado which, given their packing of the midfield, was somewhat understandable but it's something that will have to be fixed tonight, though it could be a problem again seeing that Chivas USA prefers to play a 3-5-2 system.

Referee

REFEREE: Armando Villarreal. SAR (bench): Greg Barkey; JAR (opposite): Brian Poeschel; 4th: Jair Marrufo

MLS Career: 9 games; FC/gm: 22.9; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 5; pens: 3

Prediction(1-0 on the year)

I can't see past Dallas in this one. They spoke all week about how they have to be much better this weekend than last, a game they won, and I think Dallas does play better today. The 5-man Chivas USA midfield could pose FCD some problems, but Dallas is a much, much better team on paper and Chivas' strikeforce is no better than the one that Dallas stopped last weekend with relative ease.

2-0 FC Dallas