The road is always a tricky place to pick up points. FC Dallas will look to pick up their first road points of the 2015 season as they take their 2-0-0 record to PPL Park to battle the Philadelphia Union.
Union have never defeated FC Dallas in seven all-time regular season meetings (they did knock FCD off in last year's USOC semifinal). FCD has won three of the seven matches, with four draws, including a 2-1 win at Toyota Stadium in the only meeting a year ago. All three matches at PPL Park have ended in draws, including a 2-2 result in 2013, the last game in Chester.
FC Dallas notes:
Out: Coy Craft (shoulder), Stephen Keel (right foot)
Hot start. This is the fourth time in club history that FC Dallas has started 2‐0‐0 (according to the club's game notes, 1996, 1998, 2006 were the other years). The 1998 season was the only time in franchise history that FC Dallas started a campaign 3‐0‐0.
League leaders. FCD's Blas Perez sits atop the MLS Golden Boot standings, tied with Seattle Sounders FC striker Clint Dempsey with three goals, after scoring twice in the win against SKC. Perez is the first player in franchise history to score the first three goals of a season. Michel picked up assists on Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo's goal last match. He is now tied with Sporting's Benny Feilhaber (2) for the most assists in MLS this season.
Key player for FCD: Victor Ulloa. Shutting down the Union's attack is going to be the key in this game. If Ulloa can clog up the passing lanes to Fernando Aristeguieta, who scored twice in last week's draw against RSL, FCD will stand to come away with points in this one.
Biggest question: Does the team change their mentality on the road?
I like the energy and passion the club has showed the last two weeks out on the field but going on the road is always tricky. Last year FCD was not a great road team, so this will be a challenge even though I don't think the Union are that great of a team. I want to see how FCD shows up on the road in this one after their hot start at home.
My gut tells me this is a draw. While the good start has been fun to watch, seeing this team on the road is always a different story. I think the Union will get one early in this one but thankfully this never say die, someone like Blas Perez or Fabian Castillo getting the game-tying goal. Maybe I am crazy to think this is a draw game but seeing Seattle in next week's schedule makes me feel like this game could get overlooked by a few guys.
FCD 1, Philadelphia 1
How to watch
Match date/time: Friday 3/20, 6:00 PM
Venue: PPL Park, Chester, PA
TV: UniMas (English audio available)
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before today's game kicks off.