FC Dallas travels up to the Windy City for a Sunday evening match against
heavy arch rivals... that Chicago team. Honestly, the Brimstone Cup was definitely something of the MLS 1.0 maybe even MLS 2.0 era but hasn't carried much significance since the clubs have played a grand total of 3 times in the past 3 seasons. But regardless of how you feel about it, three points is still on the line and Dallas has a great chance to put further distance between them and DC United (currently tied at 38 points but Dallas has two games in hand) and Sporting Kansas City (who are 5th in the Supporter's Shield Race but have a favorable 1.74 points per game compared to Dallas' 1.81).
But much like last year, this has a very "trap game" feel to this one. Dallas visited Chicago last season on a four game winning streak and were also holding a 10 game unbeaten streak as well. Dallas visits Chicago on a similar win streak (five) and are unbeaten in their last six as well. Chicago, much like last season, enter this one reeling and have only one win their past 9 matches.
That being said, while all three points are definitely there for the taking, a simple draw here would also be sufficient regardless of opponent. Believe it or not, even with that horrid 5 consecutive road game disaster, Dallas is actually tied for 3rd in the league with the most points from away games (12). All this means that for whatever reason, road games are incredibly difficult for the traveling side, so even getting out of there with a solitary point would still do the trick.
As of this writing (7/28/15) there is no one on FC Dallas' official injury report and everyone is back from international duty, with only Danny Garcia and Otis Earle away on loan. Do you work Blas Perez back into the lineup or do you not mess with what's working and keep David Texeira up top? Does Bakary Soumare get a look? What about newcomer Ezequiel Cirigliano? Do you try to rebuild Moises Hernandez confidence and start him over Ryan Hollingshead? Do you rest Je-Vaughn Watson or have him take over Atiba Harris' spot? Do you play for the win or the draw? Or do you treat this as a throw away game and just get people some minutes and rest a few players? Or do you keep everyone going as usual because next week is a bye week?
Lots of possibilities and options to mull over. What will you do if you were in charge? For me, I'd stick with the exact same lineup as the previous two weeks. Three points is always the goal and if it ain't broke... Tell us what you'll do and sound off in the comments below.