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FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids: Preview and Prediction

Can FC Dallas continue their hot summer form with the Rapids in town?

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A 'six-pointer' may not even be the best way to go about describing the importance of Saturday's game between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids.

Both teams come into this game on opposite ends of the form spectrum despite only being separated by three points in the standings. FC Dallas have put together a seven-game undefeated run following their 1-0 win at Chivas USA last weekend. The Rapids have been shut out in back-to-back games following their 1-0 loss at home against arch-rivals Real Salt Lake last weekend.

FC Dallas Notes:

Injury report:

Out: George John (knee), Hendry Thomas (ACL tear), Chris Seitz (quad strain)

Rookie run. FC Dallas' first round selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Tesho Akindele is closing in on the title of top rookie in FC Dallas history. According to the club's game notes, the Colorado School of Mines' product (978) currently ranks ninth in minutes played for rookies in franchise history. Akindele is tied with Abe Thompson (4 goals in 2005) and two goals behind Aleksey Korol (5 goals in 2000) for goals scored by an FC Dallas rookie.

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 seven matches - a total of five goals and four assists. Oh and he loves playing the Rapids too. Against Colorado, Castillo has scored three goals and tallied four assists in nine matches.

Homegrown depth. Dallas' Homegrown players have logged 2,681 minutes this season (35GP, 31GS). Danny Garcia played 282 minutes in central midfield. Moises Hernandez (693 MP) and Victor Ulloa (1,294 MP) have seen increased minutes. Kellyn Acosta (412 MP) is recovering from an injury suffered in training. Against Philadelphia on July 4, Victor Ulloa became only the second Homegrown in franchise history to log more than 1,000 minutes in a season. Only Colorado has logged more HGP minutes this season in league play than FCD.

Quick Notes:

REFEREE: Jose Carlos Rivero. AR1 (bench): Kevin Klinger; AR2 (opposite): Eduardo Mariscal; 4th: Ismail Elfath
Rivero MLS Career: 29 games; FC/gm: 27.1; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 8; pens: 16

SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Matt Hedges, Fabian Castillo
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Michel, Blas Perez, Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa ... COL: Carlos Alvarez
DISABLED LIST: DAL: Hendry Thomas (season-ending injury)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (60 meetings): FC Dallas 29 wins (2 shootout), 99 goals ... Rapids 20 wins (1 shootout), 75 goals ... Ties 11
AT DALLAS (31 meetings): FC Dallas 21 wins (2 shootout), 59 goals ... Rapids 6 wins (1 shootout), 32 goals ... Ties 4
FUTURE MATCH: 10/18: Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas, 1 p.m. MT

Coaches' records: Pablo Mastroeni v DAL: P1 W0 L1 D0 ... Oscar Pareja vs. COL: P1 W1 L0 D0

Prediction:

Last week wasn't always pretty at times against Chivas but in the end, FC Dallas did exactly what they need to do in the win. Colorado enters this game on a bit of a cold stretch and FCD has to take advantage of that. There will be some emotions to this game as some would consider the Rapids a rivalry game. I think as long as FCD doesn't play into the physical part of this game and just continues to find Castillo on the flanks and work in Blas Perez or Tesho Akindele on the finishing end, then things will work out fine in the end.

Again I'll say it, you win your home games from here on out. No excuses.

FC Dallas 2, Colorado 1

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