FC Dallas notes:
Barrios staying hot. According to the club's game notes, only seven players in MLS have scored more goals than Michael Barrios (8) since July 4 (Giovinco 14, Keane 14, David Villa 11, Kei Kamara 10, Bradley Wright‐Phillips 9, Cyle Larin 9 and Drogba 9). Pretty solid company to be in.
Goals against. 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 1.18 per match.
First goal is key. FCD has a 15‐1‐2 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 6,373 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 1,900+ 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). 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: Jesse Gonzalez. Given how San Jose is going all out in this one to get into the playoffs, it may mean that the Homegrown keeper will have to stand on his head at times to keep FCD in this one. If anything, this is going to be a great learning experience for Gonzalez as it will mirror an upcoming playoff game in a big way.
Biggest question: Will the weather and San Jose's fouling nature keep FCD from winning the Shield?
There is a ton of rain in the forecast for the weekend that may stick around for Sunday night. Throw that in there with San Jose's nature of fouling and being rather reckless at times. FCD will have to make sure their game is played the way they want and not the way San Jose wants here. The weather will cause issues for both teams but as long as Dallas doesn't get caught up in the foul game, it will go a long way in helping them get closer to the Shield.
It comes down to this, one final game with the Supporters' Shield on the line. We all may be scoreboard watching in this one but I believe Dallas will find a way to deal with the rough nature of the game, the weather and the pressure of the game and get a huge win that helps them get closer and potentially some hardware.
FCD 2, SJ 1
How to watch
Match date/time: Sunday, 10/25, 6:00PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
TV: TXA 21
Online: MLS Live
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