FC Dallas looks to improve to 2-0-0 on the season tonight as they host Sporting KC. This is the first of three matches between the two new conference rivals this season. SKC started off their season last week with a 1-1 draw against New York.
Kickoff time: 7:30PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
TV: TXA 21
Streaming: MLS Live
Previews: We have tons of preview material here with our What to Watch For piece, our game preview, as well as other items. Check out FCD's site with their previews as well.
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Eric Boria; AR2 (opposite): Philippe Briere; 4th: Nima Saghafi MLS Career: 176 games; FC/gm: 23.4; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 34; pens: 51
SUSPENDED: KC: Matt Besler (through March 15)
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: Alex Zendejas (U-17s)
ALL-TIME (49 meetings): FC Dallas 19 wins (1 shootout), 80 goals ... Sporting 20 wins (2 shootout), 71 goals ...Ties 10
AT DALLAS (29 meetings): FC Dallas 11 wins (0 shootout), 46 goals ... Sporting 9 wins (2 shootout), 27 goals ... Ties 4
RETURN MATCHES: 5/29: Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas, 8 p.m. CT (UniMas); 9/18: Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas, 6 p.m. CT (UniMas)
LAST YEAR (MLS):
3/15: KC 1, DAL 1 (Collin 81 - Hedges 90)
Coaches record: Peter Vermes vs. DAL: P8 W3 L3 D2 ... Oscar Pareja vs. KC: P3 W0 L1 D21
Projected lineups: I would imagine Oscar Pareja sticks to what worked last weekend against San Jose. The 4-4-2 should match up well against the Sporting attack and provide plenty of service against a defense that is missing some key players.
Prediction: Like I stated in our game preview, I'm going with a 2-1 FCD win. Feel free to provide your prediction below!
What are you drinking?: I'm up in the press box of Toyota Stadium, so water is about all I will be drinking. I did however enjoy a couple beers this afternoon outside during lunch while the weather was nice.
Here you go, comment below. We'll be adding lineups and commentary as we go along here.