FC Dallas notes:
*Questionable: Rolando Escobar (hamstring)
Blas Pere (Panama), Tesho Akindele and Kyle Bekker (Canada)
Injuries are down in 2015. According to the club's game notes, FC Dallas has lost 52 fewer player‐games due to injuries in 2015 than it did through the first 16 games of the 2014 season. Dallas has missed five players for a total of 26 matches so far this season (1.625 per match) as opposed to 14 players for a total of 78 matches in 2014. On the flip side, the club has lost a ton of players to international call ups 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 32 player matches.
Homegrown depth. 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 2,937 minutes (18.54%) played by Homegrown players Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, Kellyn Acosta, Coy Craft and Alejandro Zendejas. The LA Galaxy rank second with 2,550 minutes played.
Key player for FCD: Mauro Diaz. The Argentine has to have a big night against the Revs who will be without a couple key players like Andrew Farrell in their defense. If he can expose some of the holes in the back that the Revs seem to have these days, there should be plenty of fireworks going off at Toyota Stadium.
Biggest question: Can the club put the blowout loss on Wednesday behind them?
We know FCD is a different team at home this season and after Wednesday's terrible loss in KC in the USOC, returning home for as much as they do in July is a big deal. But how quickly can they put that game behind them? Thankfully some key guys like Diaz, Fabian Castillo and Victor Ulloa were not involved in that USOC match, so they will be fresh and ready to go in this one.
Bonus question: Can FCD expose former HGP London Woodberry in the middle of the NE defense?
It will be a fun night for Woodberry, coming back to Dallas and playing in front of family and friends. Still, I never thought of him as a center back in this league and with the red card in the last game to Farrell, I think FCD will be wise to find ways to expose Woodberry in the defense, even with a guy like David Texiera.
I go back and forth on this one but I see this one shaking out in FCD's favor given the way New England has been as of late on the road - they've also lost three straight over all. I think Castillo is one again the spark on the wings as the Revs won't have an answer for him defensively.
FCD 2, NE 1
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 7/4, 8:00PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Online: MLS Live
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.