FC Dallas returns home for the first time in September as they look to get back on track after losing two straight games. In town this weekend will be the Vancouver Whitecaps, a team coming off a 2-0 win on Wednesday night against San Jose.
These two sides met earlier this year in a wild 2-2 draw at the end of July.
Vancouver has never won in Dallas in all-time MLS meetings, going 0-4-0.
FC Dallas Notes:
Out: George John (knee), Hendry Thomas (ACL tear), Walker Zimmerman (hamstring), Stephen Keel (foot)
Michel's addition. According to the club's game notes, in the 10 matches in which Michel has logged 90 minutes this season, the Brazilian set piece specialist has scored seven goals and has two assists. Since July 19, Michel has played a role in 12 of Dallas' last 15 goals.
Castillo's streak. Including Dallas' U.S. Open Cup games against San Antonio, Houston, Carolina and Philadelphia, Castillo recorded a goal or an assist in 11 consecutive matches (10 goals and six assists) from 5/31 to 8/22, his career best.
Consistent 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), Pareja was forced to make five changes to the lineup (the most so far this season). Including U.S. Open Cup matches (4) Zach Loyd (24), Victor Ulloa (21), Matt Hedges (12) and Raul Fernandez (10) have started consecutive matches (minimum of 10).
REFEREE: Ted Unkel. AR1 (bench): Jonathan Johnson; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Kreitzer; 4th: Edvin Jurisevic
MLS Career: 11 games; FC/gm: 23.5; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 3; pens: 4
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Blas Perez ... VAN: Sebastian Fernandez
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Fabian Castillo, Matt Hedges, Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa,
Adam Moffat ... VAN: Jordan Harvey, Gershon Koffie, Andy O'Brien, Pedro Morales, Mauro Rosales
DISABLED LIST: DAL: Hendry Thomas (season-ending injury) ... VAN: Caleb Clarke (season-ending injury)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DAL: Blas Perez (Panama, Copa Centroamericana) ... VAN: Johnny Leveron
(Honduras, Copa Centroamericana)
ALL-TIME (9 meetings): FC Dallas 6 wins, 16 goals ... Whitecaps FC 1 win, 7 goals ... Ties 2
AT DALLAS (4 meetings): FC Dallas 4 wins, 8 goals ... Whitecaps FC 0 wins, 1 goal ... Ties 0
FUTURE MATCH: 10/4: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. FC Dallas, 4 p.m. PT
Coaches record: Carl Robinson vs. DAL: P1 W0 L0 T1 ... Oscar Pareja vs. VAN: P7 W2 L3 T2
You win your home games. This is something I've pretty much preached at all season long and this one couldn't be bigger. FC Dallas is coming into this one after losing two straight on the road in search of three big points. Vancouver has been hot and cold for a lot of this summer as they've only won two out of their last ten. Most of that ten were a lot of draws however.
I keep coming back to the speed up front for FCD though, if they can work Castillo or Tesho Akindele into space, Vancouver doesn't have the wheels to keep up. Plus, the fact that Michel has been lethal for them in set piece situations as of late, I think it could come down to a set piece but in the end FCD gets back on track with this game to help improve their playoff situation.
FC Dallas 2, Vancouver 1
What do you think the score will be this weekend? Feel free to share your predictions below in the comments section.