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FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids: Preview, prediction and how to watch online

One final road game in this trip...

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FC Dallas makes their final road game of their franchise-long five-game trip as they wrap things up against the Colorado Rapids. This will also be the final meeting of the regular season between these two sides.

Colorado downed FCD 4-0 a couple months back in Frisco before FCD responded in the next meeting with a 1-1 draw that saw Mauro Diaz score his first goal of the season.

FC Dallas notes:

Injuries

*Questionable: Matt Hedges (hamstring)

International duty

Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica)

Changing lineups. According to the club's game notes, Oscar Pareja was forced to make seven changes to the starting lineup against Seattle last weekend, the most FCD has made since the start of the 2014 season. The previous high was five, which came two weeks ago vs. San Jose and once last season, a 1‐0 loss to New York at Toyota Stadium on May 4. Since the start of the 2014 season, FC Dallas is 2‐0‐3 in matches that Pareja makes exactly four changes to the starting 11.

Call ups. FC Dallas has lost a total of 25 player matches for MLS games this season due to international call‐ups. Across all competitions, Dallas has lost 29 player matches.

Seeing red. This season, Dallas is averaging 0.285 per match. While FC Dallas has slightly lowered its red‐cards‐per‐game average, the league itself has seen an increase with 0.273 per match in 2015 as opposed to 0.25 in 2014. Despite the fact that the club has four red cards on the season, they are tied for sixth-lowest in fouls caused per game.

Diaz effect. Since Pareja was named head coach of FC Dallas, the club has only lost four games in matches that Mauro Diaz plays at least 45 minutes. That's 23 games with a record of 13‐4‐6. Diaz went the full 90 minutes in three consecutive matches for the first time in his MLS career May 9 to May 23.

Key player for FCD: Fabian Castillo. Given how well the club played on Tuesday in the USOC, I see Castillo being the guy that has to drive the attack in this one. We know he has always had a special thing about him when playing Colorado as he had a magical assist in the last meeting on Diaz's goal. If he gets going early in this one with his pace, FCD could end this road trip with a good result.

Biggest question: Did the USOC win help ignite this group again?

While the drought feels over in terms of the goals not being scored out of this group, it is still in effect for MLS play. I think the pressure is off them a bit though to score now after Tuesday. I really think the pressure is off Michael Barrios to score too now that he has a couple to his name.

Prediction

This road trip has been tough and getting a win would be amazing but I think the three games in seven days thing is going to take a toll when you factor in the altitude. I think a draw seems reasonable to expect after Tuesday. After all, Colorado is still pretty bad at home this season (1-3-3).

FCD 1, Colorado 1

How to watch

Match date/time: Friday, 6/19, 8:00PM

Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO

TV: Unimas

Online: UnivisionDeportes

Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.