The Reds enter Saturday's match losers of their last three games. They were off last weekend but two weeks ago they fell to Chicago 3-2. Toronto is in the middle of a seven-game road trip while BMO Field is under renovations.
FC Dallas notes:
Out: Stephen Keel (foot), Coy Craft (shoulder),
Questionable: Mauro Diaz (knee, hamstring)
Home against Toronto. According to the club's game notes, in league play, FC Dallas has not lost to Toronto FC since 2007 - the first meeting ever between the clubs. FCD has won seven of the 12 regular‐season encounters since, with five draws, including a 5‐0‐2 record all‐time in Frisco.
April for FCD. Despite FC Dallas' last two results, the month of April is typically one of the franchise's best. The franchise has 38 wins (second‐most behind 40 in August) and only 28 losses (third least behind March and October).
Following a bad defeat. The last time FCD suffered a 4‐0 loss at Toyota Stadium (9/1/07), it rebounded with a 2‐0 win against Toronto FC. The match finished with shots even at 12 apiece but Dallas took advantage of two PKs, which were converted by Denilson (36) and Abe Thompson (87).
Key player for FCD: Matt Hedges. After last week, I don't think it is any secret how key the Dallas captain is to the team and the defense.
Biggest question: How many changes will we see out of Pareja?
Same question as last week but this one has a slightly different meaning. We should expect Hedges in the defense, which likely means Walker Zimmerman is back on the bench. Outside of that, how will the midfield look? Will Kellyn Acosta get a start? Or will Pareja go with Kyle Bekker? Or could we end up again with Michel and Victor Ulloa supporting the return of Mauro Diaz?
I think FCD does respond in this one no matter who Pareja throws out there. It will be a tight game with possible some wild moments late but my gut tells me we're looking at a win here.
FCD 2, Toronto 1
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 4/18, 7:30PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Online: MLS Live
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.