FC Dallas is back out on the road as they head to Southern California to take on the big stars of the LA Galaxy.
FC Dallas notes:
Castillo's form. According to the club's game notes, when Fabian Castillo has three or more shots, FC Dallas is 10‐2‐2. When he fails to log three or more in a match, FCD is 3‐7‐2. The 2015 MLS All‐Star scored his ninth goal of the season vs. RSL on Aug. 29. He earned his first cap with the Colombian National Team (ranked 4th in the World) on Sept 8.
First goal is key. FCD has a 13‐1‐2 record this season when scoring first. Dallas' only loss was a 2‐1 defeat to the LA Galaxy on Aug. 15.
Playing the kids. Dallas' Homegrown players logged a league high 4,607 minutes (14%) of the team's total minutes in 2014. Dallas is leading the charge in MLS again this season with 5,469 minutes (19.7%) played by Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, Kellyn Acosta, Alejandro Zendejas, Coy Craft and Jesse Gonzalez. The Revolution rank second with 4,029 minutes played. Dallas' Homegrowns have logged 1,400+ more minutes than any other team in MLS.
Penalties. FC Dallas has had four penalties called against it in the last four matches for a total of nine this season - most in MLS in 2015 (tied with Real Salt Lake).
Key player for FCD: Fabian Castillo. The All-Star winger has been relatively quiet over the last few weeks but for Dallas to get into the playoffs in a good seed, they'll need to pick up another road win in this one. Castillo has to be the guy offensively to ignite this club in the final stretch of games. LA has struggled in the past with his speed and this game would be a perfect chance for him to continue adding to his goal totals for the year.
Biggest question: Will FCD figure out how to slow down LA's big names?
Dallas has struggled over the years in LA at the StubHub Center. The game will likely be won and lost on the counter attack; both teams love to play this game and LA still plays it like the best of them. Dallas will have to be careful about giving up too much of the field on set pieces and not allow LA to sneak balls in behind the defense.
LA may be in a slump to some people but the road has not been kind to FCD this year. Until this team can show up against top Western clubs, I'm not sure how well I feel about about this one.
FCD 1, LA 2
How to watch
Match date/time: Sunday, 9/27, 8:00PM
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, CA
TV: Fox Sports 1
Online: Fox Sports 2 Go
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