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FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake: Preview and prediction

Can FC Dallas respond from their first loss since May?

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FC Dallas returns to action tomorrow night in Utah as they battle Real Salt Lake.

RSL come into the game in third place in the Western Conference following their 1-1 draw at San Jose last weekend, one point ahead of FCD, which saw its 10-game undefeated streak put to an end in a 1-0 loss at the Chicago Fire.

These two teams have already squared off twice this season, with the most recent match coming two weeks ago in Frisco. FC Dallas won that match 2-1 despite being a man down for 45 minutes.

FC Dallas Notes:

Injury report:

Out: George John (knee), Hendry Thomas (ACL tear), Walker Zimmerman (hamstring), Stephen Keel (foot)

Questionable: Mauro Diaz (hamstring), Adam Moffat (hamstring), Chris Seitz (quad)

Streak interrupted. FC Dallas' loss to Chicago last weekend ended a 10‐game unbeaten streak - the second‐longest streak in MLS this season behind Real Salt Lake (12 games). Dallas had an MLS record 19‐game unbeaten streak during the 2010 season.

Homegrown minutes. According to the club's game notes, FC Dallas' Homegrown players have logged 3,175 minutes this season (43GP, 36GS). Danny Garcia (282 MP), Moises Hernandez (699 MP), Victor Ulloa (1,654 MP) and Kellyn Acosta (540 MP) have played more minutes than any other group of Homegrown players in MLS.

Injuries and suspensions. Including FC Dallas' three matches in the U.S. Open Cup, the team has lost 157 games due to injuries so far this season. Another 14 games have been lost due to suspensions. A total of nine players have been ejected through the first 26 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. AR1 (bench): Mike Rottersman; AR2 (opposite): Richard Gamache; 4th: Tyler Ploeger
MLS Career: 41 games; FC/gm: 23.1; Y/gm: 2.9; R: 15; pens: 10

SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: RSL: Olmes Garcia, Javier Morales, Chris Schuler ... DAL: Blas Perez
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: RSL: Nat Borchers, Alvaro Saborio, Luke Mulholland, Kyle
Beckerman ... DAL: Fabian Castillo, Matt Hedges, Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa, Adam Moffat
DISABLED LIST: DAL: Hendry Thomas (season-ending injury)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: RSL: Joao Plata (Ecuador, 9/5 v BOL; 9/9 v BRA); Carlos Salcedo (Mexico U-21) ...
DAL: Blas Perez (Panama, Copa Centroamericana)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (28 meetings): Real 9 wins, 36 goals ... FC Dallas 14 wins, 40 goals ... Ties 5
AT SALT LAKE (15 meetings): Real 8 wins, 27 goals ... FC Dallas 4 wins, 16 goals ...Ties 3

Coaches record: Oscar Pareja vs. RSL: P8 W3 L2 T3 ... Jeff Cassar vs. DAL: P2 W0 L1 T1

Prediction:

I'm honestly struggling to think if FCD can pull this one off this weekend. Part of me feels confident considering how the result was the last time these two met but going to Utah to play at Rio Tinto is never an easy task. I see the revenge factor being an issue along with the fact that Blas Perez will be gone again due to international duty.

If the club can earn a draw, that would be huge though. I just think they'll go down early and have to fight their way back before running out of time.

FC Dallas 1, Real Salt Lake 2

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