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Three things to watch for as FC Dallas takes on Vancouver

Boy is this a big one.

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Well, it's here. Many of us circled these next two games against Vancouver Whitecaps once it became clear that they were going to be contenders. Let's take a look at some things to watch for:

Big Tex

It's hard to believe, but FC Dallas is 4-0 in matches where David Texeira scores and he's now up to five goals on the season, with three in his last four starts. While it's difficult to tell whether or not FC Dallas is finally seeing a return on its investment with the Uruguayan striker, it is nice to know that the team can find goals from a true striker position.

So, where do Blas Perez and Tesho Akindele fit in this equation? Neither has gotten many minutes of late but both have proven track records. Blas Perez is having his lowest scoring output in his career in Dallas, but that only stems from his lack of minutes. With Fabian Castillo out tonight because of international duty, it'll be interesting to see how FC Dallas utilizes their three strikers.

Kellyn & Victor

FC Dallas is 10-4-3 when Victor Ulloa and Kellyn Acosta line up together in the midfield, averaging 1.97 points per game for the team. The team is just 5-6-2 when they don't do so. I'm not a math major, but it's pretty clear to see that they make an effective pair and they make the team play better overall.

Acosta is developing the ability to finish as the 20-year-old has three goals in his last nine starts after not having any in the first 28 games of his career. It's expected that this will be the defensive midfield pairing going forward and if not, I suppose fans will just have to trust in Oscar Pareja once again.

One Won't Cut It

Sometimes teams can be satisfied to score a goal on the road and hope they can come away with a point. For FC Dallas, they have not won a single road game without scoring at least two goals, and they're 0-7-3 when scoring one or less. As the playoff push is in full swing, this team is expected to put up offense whether they're home or away.

FC Dallas will have to push offensively to get the Whitecaps out of their comfort zone. Vancouver hasn't won a game since September 9th and while losing teams are the most dangerous teams, they're also the most prone to press and so FC Dallas will need to attack early and often, especially with Kendall Waston out.

That's all for me, enjoy tonight's game!