FC Dallas notes:
Goals against. According to the club's game notes, FC Dallas has improved its goals against average this season. Last year, the squad allowed 1.32 goals per game. This season the back line has reduced that number to 1.22 per match.
First goal is key. FCD has a 13‐1‐2 record this season when scoring first. Dallas' only loss was a 2‐1 defeat to the LA Galaxy on Aug. 15.
Playing the kids. Dallas' Homegrown players logged a league high 4,607 minutes (14%) of the team's total minutes in 2014. Dallas is leading the charge in MLS again this season with 6,193 minutes (20%) played by Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, Kellyn Acosta, Alejandro Zendejas, Coy Craft and Jesse Gonzalez. The Revolution rank second with 4,343 minutes played. Dallas' Homegrowns have logged 1,800+ more minutes than any other team in MLS.
First half defense. FC Dallas has only allowed 12 goals in the opening 45 minutes of matches this season, which ranks first in MLS (tied with Seattle and Vancouver). The team has shutout its opponent through the first 45 minutes of the match 21 times this season or 68% of the time.
Key player for FCD: Michael Barrios. The Dallas winger has gone a little bit quiet as of late but returning home should help him out. I would love to see him bag a couple goals here to inch closer to the club's all-time mark for goals scored by a newcomer in a season.
Biggest question: How will FCD manage this week?
The club did great managing the Sunday to Wednesday turnaround last week and will have to do something similar this week with a Wednesday to Saturday swing on the schedule. Oscar Pareja knows that his club is close to a top seed and a win will likely help them get one step closer to it (they'd also need a SKC draw/loss and a LA loss to clinch the top seed). The defense has to play like it did last week but we need to see more out of the attack.
Last week proved to me that this club can get things done away from home. The scoreless draw was exactly what the guys needed out of that game and it shows that they can do it in the coming weeks once the playoffs hit. I think the return home helps matters out in this one as we get some goals from both sides. Maybe a late one this time from Blas Perez? We'll see, but I think its a win either way as the guys know its win-or-bust at home right now.
FCD 2, Vancouver 1
How to watch
Match date/time: Wednesday, 10/14, 8:00PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
TV: TXA 21
Online: MLS Live
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