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FC Dallas vs Columbus Crew: Preview, prediction and how to watch online

Will FC Dallas be able to get three points on the road?

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We move into the month of September, as FC Dallas travels to Ohio for the lone meeting of the season against the Columbus Crew SC.

FC Dallas notes:

Last time they met. For the third straight week, FC Dallas gets an opponent for the first time in 2015. FC Dallas and Columbus drew, 0‐0, on June 29, 2014. Both teams have seen a lot of change in their rosters since that time.

Three different keepers with clean sheets. According to the club's game notes, FC Dallas is one of only three teams in MLS to have had three different players record a shutout this season. Philadelphia has had four while Dallas and LA have had three. This is the first time in franchise history that FCD has had three different goalkeepers record a shutout in a single season. The team is tied for fourth in MLS in shutouts this year with nine.

Playing the kids and breaking records. 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 4,733 minutes (19.1%) played by Homegrown players Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, Kellyn Acosta, Alejandro Zendejas, Coy Craft and Jesse Gonzalez. The New England Revolution rank second with 3,442 minutes played. Dallas' Homegrowns have logged 1,200+ more minutes than any other team in MLS this season.

Key player for FCD: Michael Barrios. If Mauro Diaz isn't available (which I'm not holding my breath for) and given all the other absences, Barrios is the guy that has to be the one to step up more in this one to carry the offense. His pace against the Crew could be the key in unlocking their defense, which has given up a fair amount of goals this season (44).

Biggest question: Can FCD sneak out of Ohio with points?

If there was a game that FCD could get points on the road in this month, it may be this one. Columbus has a slew of players missing for this one with international duty and the team can be leaky in the back.

Prediction

Given all the players missing on both sides of the field, this one just looks and feels like a draw. For FC Dallas that may not be the worst result even though they really need three full points out of this one.

FCD 1, CLB 1

How to watch

Match date/time: Sunday, 9/6, 6:00PM

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, OH

TV: Fox Sports 1

Online: Fox Sports 2 Go

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