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FC Dallas vs New England Revolution: Preview and Prediction

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FC Dallas returns to action this weekend as they host the New England Revolution.

Jared Wickerham

FC Dallas returns to action this weekend as they host the New England Revolution.

FC Dallas is coming off a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union, plus a US Open Cup quarterfinal win over the Carolina RailHawks.

The Revs enter this match on a six-game losing streak, including a 5-1 loss this past Wednesday against the LA Galaxy. New England has also hasn't won in Frisco since 2008.

FC Dallas Notes:

Injury report:

Out: Kellyn Acosta (knee), George John (knee), Jair Benitez (ankle), Hendry Thomas (ACL tear), Chris Seitz (quad strain)

Returning from injury. According to the game notes, Mauro Díaz recorded three goals and three assists in eight games before leaving the April 26 match against D.C. United with a right knee injury. He underwent a procedure on his right knee on May 6 in Dallas and was expected to return in six to 10 weeks. He returned to training with FC Dallas on June 26 and was inserted into the lineup for Andres Escobar in the 78th minute against Philadelphia on July 4. Diaz missed a total of 12 games (including USOC). FC Dallas also got Michel and Matt Hedges back from injury against Columbus on June 29.

Against New England. FC Dallas have won in the only meeting between the teams on each of the last two seasons, both by a score of 1‐0, including a victory last March 30 at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution has not won in Frisco since 2008. Dallas has taken consecutive 1‐0 home wins vs. New England.

Injuries and suspensions. Including Dallas' three matches in the U.S. Open Cup, the team has lost 110 games due to injuries so far this season. Another 10 games have been lost due to suspensions. A total of 10 players have been ejected through the first 19 matches this season. The club record for red cards in a season was seven, which occurred during the 2008 season.

Quick Notes:

REFEREE: Armando Villarreal. SAR (bench): Adam Garner; JAR (opposite): Mark Cahen; 4th: Younes Marrakchi MLS Career: 37 games; FC/gm: 23.7; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 15; pens: 10

SUSPENDED: DAL: Fabian Castillo (through July 27) ... NE: A.J. Soares (through July 20)
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Fabian Castillo
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Matt Hedges, Michel, Blas Perez, Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor
Ulloa ... NE: Lee Nguyen, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney
DISABLED LIST: NE: Andy Dorman
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (39 meetings): FC Dallas 13 wins (1 shootout), 48 goals...Revolution 23 wins (1 shootout), 65 goals...Ties 3
AT DALLAS (20 meetings): FC Dallas 7 wins (0 shootout), 23 goals ... Revolution 11 wins (0 shootout), 28 goals ...Ties 2

Coaches record: Jay Heaps vs. DAL: P2 W0 L2 T0... Oscar Pareja vs. NE: P2 W1 L1 T0

Prediction:

This is a tricky game for FC Dallas if you ask me. New England comes in desperate and really pushing for three points. I believe if FCD plays their game on the wings, finds ways to continue this partnership between Blas and Tesho, and remain discipline, they'll come away with the points here. FCD has to take it to New England early and I believe they will. Between the travel and the short rest, FCD has to take advantage of that.

FC Dallas 2, New England 1

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