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FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy: Preview and prediction

FC Dallas has struggled in recent years in LA.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The road to the MLS playoffs heads to California this weekend as FC Dallas will battle the LA Galaxy.

FC Dallas hopes to get back on the winnings ways on the road after losing their last two road matches. They did however end a losing streak last weekend at home in a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Galaxy return home riding a seven-game undefeated streak, on the verge of clinching a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs after their 1-1 draw at the San Jose Earthquakes last weekend.

FCD has not fared well in LA over the last several years though, only five wins in all-time regular season meetings with the Galaxy in Southern California.

FC Dallas Notes:

Injury report:

Out: George John (knee), Hendry Thomas (ACL tear),

Questionable (but not on the official report): Walker Zimmerman (hamstring), Stephen Keel (foot)

When FCD scores the most. According to the club's game notes, FC Dallas ranks first in MLS (10) in goals scored between the 16th and 30th minutes this season.

Michel's involvement. In the 11 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 13 of Dallas' last 17 goals.

More interesting goal stats. FC Dallas is the only team in MLS with three different players with at least eight goals this season (Perez, Michel and Castillo). Dallas is also one of only four teams in MLS this season have four different players with at least six goals (DAL, DC, POR, RSL, SEA). This is the first time since 1997 that the club has had four players score at least six goals AND three players tally eight goals in a single season (Dante Washington 12, Damian 11, Jason Kreis 8, Gerell Elloit 7).

Homegrown depth. Dallas' Homegrown players have logged a league high 3,502 minutes or 13% of the team's total minutes this season (49GP, 40GS). Danny Garcia (282 MP), Moises Hernandez (757 MP), Victor Ulloa (1,834 MP) and Kellyn Acosta (629 MP) have played more minutes than any other group of Homegrown players in MLS.

Quick Notes:

REFEREE: Kevin Stott. SAR (bench): Jeremy Hanson; JAR (opposite): Eduardo Mariscal; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal
MLS Career: 256 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 62; pens: 63

SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Blas Perez
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: LA: Baggio Husidic, A.J. DeLaGarza, Alan Gordon, Omar Gonzalez,
Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas ... DAL: Fabian Castillo, Matt Hedges, Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa, Adam Moffat
DISABLED LIST: DAL: Hendry Thomas (season-ending injury)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (61 meetings): Galaxy 30 wins (1 shootout), 109 goals ... FC Dallas 20 wins (1 shootout), 81 goals... Ties 11
AT LA (31 meetings): Galaxy 22 wins (1 shootout), 64 goals ... FC Dallas 5 wins (1 shootout), 30 goals ... Ties 4
FUTURE MATCH: 10/12: FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy, 6 p.m. CT

Coaches record: Bruce Arena vs. DAL: P24 W13 L8 T4 ... Oscar Pareja vs. LA: P7 W2 L4 T1

Prediction:

If anything this is a game where Oscar Pareja and the club go for a draw as much as they possible can. FCD has really never done well outside of a handful of games in LA over the years against the Galaxy and with the Galaxy able to clinch a playoff spot this weekend, it won't be any easier to beat them now (LA still has Supporters' Shield hopes after all too).

To me this game comes down to how much Dallas gets time on the ball. LA is always dangerous on the counter attack and knows how to pick teams apart in the middle of the field. Too many turnovers will lead to zero points. Last week FCD was lucky to get by Vancouver with some of the mistakes they made in the middle portion of the field. I think they can do enough in the attack to frustrate the Galaxy but in the end, LA is just too damn strong at home.

FC Dallas 1, LA 2

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