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FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City: What to watch for

Can FC Dallas get another win to start the season?

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 season got off to a nice start as the team picked up the full three points against San Jose, but it's safe to say a similar performance might not leave the boys as lucky when Sporting Kansas City comes into town Saturday night. Here's what you need to watch for on matchday two.

Set Piece Similarities

Since the 2013 season, FC Dallas and Sporting KC have been at the top of the league in set piece goals. Both teams have scored at least 35 percent of their goals through set pieces in the past two seasons.

The teams both have reputations for being very dangerous on the set piece and in a match where the teams come in looking relatively equal, set piece work very well may decide the game. It will be interesting to see if Michel gets into the XI after starting last week on the bench.

Start Fast

One thing FCD did relatively well last year was starting games fast. The team ranked 5th in the league in first-half goals with 26. On the other hand, SKC was a notoriously slow-starting team, only scoring 16 first-half goals, good for 17th out of 19 teams.

If the team wants a good shot at wrapping up another three points and start a winning streak to begin the season, they'll want to get on the board, or at least challenge the SKC net, early.

Attack the Weakness

FC Dallas does seem to have one clear tactical advantage going into Saturday's tilt as Kansas City will be without their stellar U.S. International and captain defender, Matt Besler. He was suspended after last week's 1-1 draw with the Red Bulls, where he received two yellows.

It's no secret he's one of the best defenders in the league and FCD should attack his spot. Peter Vermes will most likely start Jalil Anibaba instead, with Erik Palmer-Brown also being a possible selection for that spot. Hopefully Blas Perez can find positioning in the penalty area more often without both Besler and strong, tough defender Aurelian Collin, who left in the offseason for Orlando City. If FC Dallas can get some good possession in this game, I don't see why this team can't at least score two goals on a depleted back line.