In a way this feels like a pivotal moment in the season for FC Dallas after losing two straight games. The third of a five game road trip is on the horizon as FCD travels to Avaya Stadium for the first time to battle the San Jose Earthquakes.
FC Dallas notes:
*Questionable: Stephen Keel (foot), Fabian Castillo (hamstring)
* FCD did not have any one on the official injury report but Keel just returned to training last week and Castillo was limited in training this week.
Kellyn Acosta (US U-20s), Jesse Gonzalez (Mexico U-20s), Blas Perez & Rolando Escobar (Panama)
Target. According to the club's game notes, Mauro Diaz ranks first in fouls suffered per match this season (3.5). Despite the abuse the Argentine was able to equal his MLS‐high for matches started in a season (9) last weekend.
Seeing red. Dallas is one of six teams in MLS this season to have been shown three red cards. New York City FC leads the league with four red cards. Despite being one of the most red carded teams in the league, Dallas (12.1 fouls per match) is fourth‐lowest in the league in fouls caused.
Set piece scoring. FC Dallas scored its only set piece goal of 2015 against Portland on April 4 (though you could argue that the Matt Hedges goal in Montreal was a set piece goal if you wanted to). In 2014 the team knocked in 15 set piece goals and another seven penalty kicks. Time to start making more of those set pieces that we gobble up so much.
Key player for FCD: David Texeira. With no Blas Perez and possible seeing Castillo start off the bench, the former Dallas DP needs to establish himself in this game early and often to get the Dallas attack going. If he stumbles early to get involved, it will be another long night on this road trip.
Biggest question: Can FCD respond from their latest beating?
Last week was ugly, there was no getting around that. Thankfully this team has responded well after big losses in the past and should be motivated enough to do so again this time against a team that they beat earlier in the season. FCD can't take anything for granted here in this game but they also need to make sure that they don't over commit too much or allow San Jose to expose anything in the back.
I think this is a gut check type of game for Pareja and the guys. If they can find a way to grind out a result, it will really go a long way in helping finish out this road trip on a good mark. But if they struggle early on and allow San Jose to dictate the pace of this game, we'll see a third straight loss. I think though, FCD gets a point in this one.
FCD 1, SJ 1
How to watch
Match date/time: Sunday, 6/7, 6:00PM
Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA
TV: Fox Sports 1
Online: Fox Sports to Go
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.