Both teams come into this match on a bit of a hot streak in league play with only one loss combined between the two teams all summer. Ironically that one loss was FCD beating the Union back on July 4.
FC Dallas Notes:
Out: George John (knee), Hendry Thomas (ACL tear), Chris Seitz (quad strain), Moises Hernandez (foot)
FCD hot streak. Since the start of June, FC Dallas has rolled through the competition in both league play and USOC play to the tune of 11 straight unbeaten games. In league play, FCD is currently 5-0-3 since the start of June and have done a lot of that without the help of a fully fit Mauro Diaz not to mention a suspended Fabian Castillo for half of that time.
Castillo rolling. Including Dallas' U.S. Open Cup wins against San Antonio, Houston and Carolina, Fabian Castillo has recorded a goal or an assist in each of his last eight matches - a total of six goals and four assists.
Fitness key. Both sides have questions coming into this game but the bigger one may center around whether or not Oscar Pareja will allow Diaz to go 90 minutes or not. He only went about 55 minutes on Saturday in the win over Colorado but the Argentine playmaker didn't look completely there in the win.
REFEREE: Mark Geiger. AR1 (bench): Adam Garner; AR2 (opposite): Jonathan Johnson; 4th: Edvin Jurisevic
HEAD-TO-HEAD (league play)
ALL-TIME (7 meetings): FC Dallas 3 wins, 13 goals ... Union 0 wins, 8 goals ... Ties 4
AT DALLAS (4 meetings): FC Dallas 3 wins, 8 goals ... Union 0 wins, 3 goals ... Ties 1
Coaches record: Jim Curtin vs. DAL: P1 W0 L1 T0 ... Oscar Pareja vs. PHI: P4 W2 L1 T1
This is indeed a big one. Both teams are hot but there can only be one winner in this one. I think the travel, short turn around and fitness for key players on the Union will be a factor in this one. FCD has the legs and experience to get the job done and most importantly they have the speed to control this game. The Union have never beat FCD in league play before so why allow them to come in to Toyota Stadium and pick up their first win tonight? FCD knows what hosting the final would mean to this team and the players really want it. It will be a close and physical game but I see FCD moving on.
FC Dallas 2, Philadelphia 1
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