FC Dallas notes:
Injuries: Out: Bakary Soumare (concussion), Rolando Escobar (facial fracture); Questionable: Kellyn Acosta (hamstring)
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 half defense. FC Dallas has only allowed 13 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.
First goal is key. FCD has a 15‐1‐2 record this season when scoring first. Dallas' only regular loss was a 2‐1 defeat to the LA Galaxy on Aug. 15. Seattle did manage to come from behind last week.
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.
Key player for FCD: Matt Hedges. This stage in the season has to come down to how the captain leads this team. Hedges has done a great job these last couple months at helping earn some shutouts. This will be another one of those games that Dallas has to find a way to shutout their opponent. Keeping Seattle off the board won't be easy but it is possible.
Biggest question: Will Oscar Pareja make enough adjustments?
Last week, the Sounders made a couple key moves in the second half to help get an advantage in this series by moving Clint Dempsey to the midfield and making a couple tactical subs. Pareja on the other hand did not counter those moves quick enough, which may have helped the result be what it was. I wouldn't expect too many lineup changes, if any at all tomorrow night but can Pareja show that he can make the adjustments on the fly to keep the season alive?
It all comes down to this one game yet again for Dallas. Seattle appears to be a team of destiny to some folks but we know what this group is capable at home this year. I like Dallas' chances to get a goal back in this series and to hang on for dear life.
FCD 1, SEA 0
How to watch
Match date/time: Sunday, 11/8, 6:30PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
TV: Fox Sports 1
Online: Fox Sports 2 Go
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