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Three things to watch for as FC Dallas hosts Real Salt Lake

FC Dallas returns home and with it, hopes to return to winning form.

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I'd be willing to wager that most fans don't like three-game losing streaks, but on a team that's built on streaks, FC Dallasfans aren't entirely too surprised. That being said, Saturday night's tilt against Real Salt Lake might serve as a tipping point in fan morale.

#PlayYourKids

FC Dallas, over the last several years, has increasingly become the MLS flagship for homegrown minutes. Coming into this weekend, the team has a league-leading 4,463 minutes played by homegrown players, good for 18.7% of the team's minutes. New England has the second-most minutes played, but is trailing by over 1,100 minutes at 3,288.

While the team is criticized for not always doing a lot of things well from a managerial standpoint, they've gotten this right. The team has impressed a culture of youth-worthiness around the team. Oscar Pareja has shown the fans that age and experience don't play nearly as large of a role as talent does and frankly, the team is better for that.

New Kids on the Block

We did not see him make the field last week, but FC Dallas' most recent signee, Ezequiel Cirigrilano, made the 18 last week and that only adds to the possibility that he gets his first FC Dallas minutes this weekend. Pareja said he was "almost ready" after Thursday's practice, but we can't really glean too much from that. What we do know is that Oscar has a history of surprising us so it's never too far of a reach to suggest a lineup change.

Jesse Gonzalez made his first career MLS start last week and aside from the goal, which he couldn't really do much about, looked the part. I'll certainly be interested in if he gets the start tomorrow night and how that will play out in the friendly confines. That being said, in four career starts, Chris Seitz has a 0.50 goals against average against RSL, the best of any FCD keeper against that team.

Fabi-lous

Fabian Castillo has played quite well against Real Salt Lake in his career. He has three goals in nine starts, which puts him in a tie for the second-most goals for an FC Dallas player against that team. Fabian has also registered 22 shots against RSL, a team that doesn't really have the same speed as a team like Vancouver. If Fabian can repeat some history and bring some outside pace back to the FC Dallas attack, it's very possible that he doesn't just score once Saturday night.

[One more note: Castillo earned his first international call up on Friday, it will be interesting to see how that affects his play in this one.]

That's all I have, I hope you make it out to Toyota Stadium and I hope you enjoy the game!