FC Dallas had a strong start to last season as they went into Toronto with 4 wins and only 1 loss in the first five matchdays; this is very similar to how FCD started this season as well FCD started the match strong and heavily dominated a weak TFC side, but things turned sour in the last 10 minutes as Schellas' men blew it late.
The lineup for TFC on Saturday will basically be completely different when Toronto visits Frisco and the FCD starting lineup will feature around 5-6 different players as well compared to last season. It should be interesting to see how these players handle each other, as quite a few of them have never played against one another.
How last year's match went:
FCD started the game firing on all cylinders, completely man-handling TFC and it showed when they took the lead off of a Michel free kick. Michel whipped the ball in and after one bounce off a player, it found Andrew Jacobson who struck a volley into the back of the net.
Dallas found themselves 2 goals to the good after Blas Perez scored off of a great Jackson through ball. Michel stole the ball to stop a TFC counter attack and quickly made an outlet pass to Jackson who played a chipped through ball to Blas Perez who calmly slotted it into the goal.
Toronto turned their game up couple notches in the last 15 minutes of the match and it paid dividends when a cross was miss-cleared by Matt Hedges and gave Justin Braun a fairly simple tap in goal.
It took a shot worthy of winning any match for TFC to get a point out of the contest when a cross-field switch fell to Darel Russell's feet and he blasted a shot to the back post to even the match at 2-2.
FCD should have won that match and with an even stronger side this year there is definitely a chance of a positive outcome for this match, but with an improved TFC side matters only become more difficult.
There isn't a whole lot to go off of with only one match last season and two fairly different rosters (and one new coach) but FC Dallas should have their hands full against a Toronto side with their best start in club history.
Toronto have liked to sit back and absorb pressure this season and hit on the counter, so hopefully Pareja can find the balance in his squad and keep the team in check while pressing forward. Also, Jackson will be squaring off against FCD for the first time as the club traded him this off-season and he will definitely be a player to watch out for, as we know first-hand how dangerous he can be.