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Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting San Jose Earthquakes

The road trip brings FC Dallas to San Jose. Will it also bring the team a badly-needed win?

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FC Dallas moves on to the bay area and new Avaya Stadium to take on the San Jose Earthquakes. Here's all you need to know about this week's opponent.

Injury Report

OUT: F Innocent Emeghara (torn meniscus), F Steven Lenhart (right knee arthroscopy), D Paulo Renato (right hamstring)

PROBABLE: M Leandro Barrera (knee injury) D Clarence Goodson (right leg injury)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: F Tommy Thompson (U.S. U-20), M Fatai Alashe (U.S. U-23), M Sanna Nyassi (Gambia)

Probable Lineup

Dominic Kinnear went with the 4-1-2-3 last week in their 3-1 loss to Toronto FC, but with some injuries and players out for international duty, there's a chance that could change.

Bingham; Wynee, Bernardez, Goodson, Stewart; Stephenson; Cato, Wondolowski, Koval, Salinas; Jahn

Key Player

No surprise here, it's Chris Wondolowski. He's one of the, if not the, hottest players in the league right now. He's scored a goal in four straight games to bring his season total to eight. That four-game goal streak is tied for the longest goal streak this year. Wondolowski's finishing ability makes him so dangerous and with a less-than-stellar back line for FC Dallas, if he isn't marked well, he can be lethal.

Key Matchup

The FC Dallas back four was torn apart last week as Sporting KC's players were consistently making runs through the defense and finding plenty of space within the 18. If FC Dallas wants to end their losing skid, it's going to take a strong center back pairing that will limit Adam Jahn and Chris Wondolowski's ability to get in towards goal and wreak havoc. Cordell Cato's speed won't make it any easier, but having Moises Hernandez on the outside should limit his attacking ability.