FC Dallas kicks off a new season in Major League Soccer, their 20th tonight as they host the San Jose Earthquakes. Oscar Pareja hopes to keep the club's streak of good starts to the season alive tonight with a healthy side entering the season.
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: Ted Unkel. AR1 (bench): Claudio Badea; AR2 (opposite): Jonathan Johnson; 4th: Alex Chilowicz
MLS Career: 14 games; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 3; pens: 5
ALL-TIME (53 meetings): FC Dallas 17 wins (3 shootout), 64 goals ... Earthquakes 25 wins (4 shootout), 86 goals ... Ties 11
AT DALLAS (26 meetings): FC Dallas 10 wins (1 shootout), 33 goals ... Earthquakes 10 wins (0 shootout), 37 goals ... Ties 6
RETURN MATCHES: 6/7: San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, 4 p.m. PT (FS1); 10/25: FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes, tbd
LAST YEAR (MLS):
5/10: SJ 2, DAL 1 (Cato 23; own goal 73 - Michel 76)
5/31: DAL 1, SJ 2 (Perez 16 - Harris 27; Pierazzi 45)
8/16: SJ 0, DAL 5 (Castillo 30, 74; Akindele 43, 58, 86)
Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. DAL: P29 W12 L6 D11 ... Oscar Pareja vs. SJ: P9 W1 L7 D1
Projected lineups: This should certainly be a game that we see our best lineup. Zach Loyd should enter the lineup over Walker Zimmerman in the middle of the defense as Atiba Harris gets more comfortable in his new role at right back. The big question will be who starts at right midfield? Most likely it should be Ryan Hollingshead, who had a stellar preseason with the club. Michael Barrios is a newcomer with the team and he should be a good option off the bench.
Prediction: Time to get off a big start with a win here. Just like we've always said with home games, you win them no matter what. I'm going with a 2-1 win. Feel free to add 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'm sure a fair amount of you will have a pint or two at the 24-hour tailgate or at the Londoner beforehand.
Here you go, comment below. We'll be adding lineups and commentary as we go along here.