FC Dallas will look to end their minor slide of only one point in their last two games when the ailing Colorado Rapids come to town tomorrow night. To get you set for tomorrow's 6pm kick, here's what to watch for:
Out on the Front Foot
FC Dallas has yet to have a lead going into halftime this season, and have only scored two first half goals compared to five in the second half. While Colorado is coming in on a major slump, not having scored in over 600 minutes of play, slumping teams often are the most dangerous because they're so anxious to get back to winning ways. With that being the case, it's important that the team show their dominance early on, perhaps scoring within the first fifteen minutes and not looking back after that.
The Rapids haven't won a road game in almost a calendar year, a 1-0 win at Toronto FC, so it's important that FC Dallas not let them hang around and build hope in Frisco.
It's clear that in the two games without striker Blas Perez, the team hasn't looked the same. All signs point to him returning to the starting XI Friday night, and I think it'll be just what the doctor ordered, regardless of whether or not Mauro Diaz makes the 18. Since the beginning of last season, FCD is 15-8-6 when Blas starts, while they're only 5-5-2 when he is either subbed on or doesn't play at all.
It's no secret that he's a cornerstone to what this team wants to do and especially with questions surrounding Mauro's health, Blas will need to be there tomorrow night to assist the team going forward towards goal.
Where Does JVW Begin the Game?
As we all know, Je-Vaughn Watson is back with the team and even logged 21 minutes in last week's loss to Portland Timbers. There's been questions all week whether or not we'll see Watson start possibly in place of Atiba Harris — who hasn't necessarily been ineffective, but hasn't been very memorable either — or come off the bench.
Watson, after a shaky first season in Dallas, slowly became a fan favorite for his non-stop motor and his excellent play against Seattle last fall in the playoffs as well as a hat trick against despised rival Houston Dynamo. JeVaughn is just as happy to be here as we are to have him back. "Dallas is like home to me. I had a lot of success with the guys before—going to the playoffs—so being back here is like picking up where I left off," Watson said in an article published by FC Dallas. If Watson can bring the form he was in towards the end of last season, he'd create an excellent addition of speed on the wings that this team already has so much of. We'll see whether or not he starts tomorrow night and if he does, you might not see another player work as hard.
That's all I've got for this week, be sure to come out to Toyota Stadium or catch it on TV has FCD tries to get back to it's winning ways!