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FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Preview and prediction

FC Dallas looks towards locking up third place in the season finale.

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FC Dallas finishes out the regular season tonight as they host the Portland Timbers.

Both teams come into this match with points on their mind but for different reasons. A win and some help will get the Timbers into the playoffs while FC Dallas hopes to lock up third place with a win.

Dallas has already done well against the Timbers this season winning the opening match of the season series in March before drawing the lone meeting in Portland 2-2.

FC Dallas Notes:

Injury report:

Out: George John (knee), Hendry Thomas (ACL tear)

Points earned. According to the club's game notes, In third place in the West with 54 points, FC Dallas has the highest point total in franchise history. The previous high was 52, which occurred twice: 2011 and 2006.

Goals goal goals. FC Dallas (55) is one goal away from eclipsing the franchise record for goals in a season (55 in 1997).

Home record. FC Dallas' last win at Toyota Stadium was its 12th in MLS play this season. The last time FCD had 12 wins at home in one season was 2006, when the team went 12‐3‐1 in Frisco, won the Western Conference and finished second in the Supporters' Shield race to D.C. United. Dallas is currently riding an eight‐game home winning streak, which is the longest streak in MLS this season. Dallas' current run is the longest home winning streak in team history.

Consecutive starts. FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja has only started the same group in back‐to‐back games twice this season (4/12 & 5/31). Once this season (5/4), Parejawas forced to make five changes to the lineup (the most so far this season).Including U.S. Open Cup matches (4) Zach Loyd (28) and Victor Ulloa (27) have started consecutive matches (minimum of 10).

Quick Notes:

REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Adam Garner; 4th: Kevin Terry Jr.
MLS Career: 174 games; FC/gm: 23.4; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 34; pens: 51

SUSPENDED: POR: Norbetto Paparatto (caution accumulation; through Oct. 26)
DISABLED LIST: DAL: Hendry Thomas (season-ending injury)

ALL-TIME (10 meetings): FC Dallas 3 wins, 19 goals ... Timbers 3 wins, 12 goals ... Ties 4
AT DALLAS (5 meetings): FC Dallas 2 wins, 12 goals ... Timbers 0 wins, 3 goals ... Ties 3

Coaches record: Oscar Pareja vs. POR: P8 W3 L3 T2 ... Caleb Porter vs. DAL: P5 W2 L1 T2


I'll beat the drum one more time this regular season, you win your home games. It really cannot be more simple. FCD knows what is on the line here and they've done very well as of late to achieve where they are going into the playoffs. Portland is coming into this game with needing a lot of urgency early on to get a result. FCD has to withstand that pressure but apply a bit of their own.

Where this game will be won (or lost) is in the midfield, particularly on the wings. If FCD is able to spread the Timbers out wide and force their midfielders on the outside back into the defense it will limit what guys like Diego Valeri and Fenarndo Adi are able to do in the attack. I think given what the club knows they need to do here, they'll get a result. After all there is absolutely no need to back your way into the playoffs with a loss in this game.

FC Dallas 2, Portland 1

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