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FC Dallas vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Preview, prediction and how to watch online

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FCD looks to make a huge statement on the road in Vancouver.

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FC Dallas returns home this weekend to start the final big push towards the post season as they host rivals Houston for the third and final meeting against the Dynamo this year.

FC Dallas notes:

Last time out. Cristian Techera scored the game's lone goal to give Whitecaps FC the victory Aug. 22 at BC Place. Since 2011, FC Dallas is 7‐3‐2 against the Whitecaps with a spotless, 5‐0‐0 record at Toyota Stadium. Dallas has outscored Vancouver 18‐11 in those 12 matches. Dallas has outscored the ‘Caps 5‐0 in the final 15 minutes of matches, all‐time.

First goal is key. FCD has a 14‐1‐2 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 5,943 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 1,600 more minutes than any other team in MLS.

Penalties. FC Dallas has had four penalties called against it in the last five matches for a total of nine this season - most in MLS in 2015 (tied with Real Salt Lake).

Key player for FCD: Michael Barrios. I called Tex out in the last game preview and it worked so hopefully doing the same with Barrios will be what FCD needs in this one. The Colombian winger will be leaned on a little more this week (and next) with Fabian Castillo out on international duty. If FCD doesn't find ways to get him going early on the flanks, it could end up being a long trip back to North Texas on Thursday.

Biggest question: Will the short turnaround be a good or a bad thing for FCD?

One thing Dallas has really not had to deal with this season is a quick turnaround between games. The lack of midweek games this season has definitely helped the club out in terms of overall health and fatigue. Vancouver is technically the longest road trip of the season (in terms of miles), so as long as FCD was able to recover quickly from Sunday's game and find a way to deal with the turf at BC Place, they should be alright in this one. Vancouver has been suspect over the last couple of weeks in terms of form and oddly enough they don't play super well at home (as evident by a recent loss to NYCFC).

Prediction

The first of two meetings between these sides makes for some interesting story lines with both teams also coming in on short rest (FCD shorter than Vancouver obviously). Some international absences will make this interesting with Castillo out for Dallas but I see this being a dog fight of a game with loads of fouls. Both team trade first half goals but neither are able to find a game-winner.

FCD 1, Vancouver 1

How to watch

Match date/time: Wednesday, 10/7, 9:00PM

Venue: BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

TV: none

Online: MLS Live

Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.