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FC Dallas vs DC United: Preview, prediction and how to watch online

Can FC Dallas make it four straight in league play?

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports


FC Dallas looks to remain unbeaten in the month of July as they return home for a big match with Supporters' Shield leaders D.C. United.

FC Dallas notes:

International duty

Blas Perez (Panama) and Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica)

Diaz heating up. According to the club's game notes, Mauro Diaz scored a goal and added an assist in a 3‐0 win against the Revolution on July 4. It was the second time this season and the fourth time in his career he's been involved in multiple goals in the same MLS game. Diaz has two goals and two assists in his last three matches.

Early scoring on DCU. D.C. United has allowed five of its 18 goals (28%) in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season.

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.

Playing the kids. Dallas' Homegrown players logged a league high 4,607 minutes or 14% of the team's total minutes in 2014 (61GP, 50GS). Dallas is leading the charge in MLS again this season with 3,510 minutes (18.66%) played by Homegrown players Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, Kellyn Acosta and Alejandro Zendejas. The LA Galaxy rank second with 2,812 minutes played.

Atiba at right back. You may not like to hear this but since acquiring Atiba Harris in the Re-Entry Draft and converting him to a right back, FCD is 7-1-2 on the season with a goals against average of just 0.50. FCD has eight shutouts in those games as well.

Key player for FCD: Kellyn Acosta. I haven't singled the young Homegrown out anytime recently but this is a game that I really believe that Acosta will shine in if he doesn't get into foul trouble. Acosta has been a beast as of late in the midfield with Victor Ulloa but DCU has a midfield that can cause him issues if he isn't careful.

Biggest question: Can the defense continue to hold up?

Three straight shutouts is nothing to ignore here out of this defense, especially when Oscar Pareja continues to plug holes with guys like Harris and Ryan Hollingshead at full back. While the team will get some faces back like Moises Hernandez for this weekend's game, I do see Hollingshead starting again in the back for another week. DCU has an attack that can hit you from almost anywhere, so a lot may also come down to how well the midfield defends as well.

Prediction

Another home game here this month that I see as a must-win type game. Given how United will be without Bill Hamid, Fabian Espindola and possibly Sean Franklin and Chris Pontius, I see this as a game that FCD can win and should win.

FCD 2, DCU 1

How to watch

Match date/time: Saturday, 7/18, 8:00PM

Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX

TV: TXA21

Online: MLS Live

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