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REFEREE: Jorge Gonzalez. AR1 (bench): Jeff Muschik; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Nelson; 4th: Younes Marrakchi MLS Career: 126 games; FC/gm: 25.3; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 39; pens: 31
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (24 meetings): Dynamo 9 wins, 33 goals ... FC Dallas 8 wins, 36 goals ... Ties 7
AT HOUSTON (12 meetings): Dynamo 6 wins, 19 goals ... FC Dallas 3 wins, 20 goals ... Ties 3
RETURN MATCHES: 6/2: FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo, 8 p.m. CT; 8/27: Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas, 8 p.m. CT
LAST YEAR (MLS):
5/1: HOU 1, DAL 4 (Barnes 32 - Hollingshead 9; Texeira 21; Diaz 52; Castillo 55)
6/26: DAL 2, HOU 0 (own goal 33; Castillo 42)
10/4: DAL 4, HOU 1 (Diaz 25; Texeira 51, 93+; Acosta 53 - Clark 36)
Coaches record: Owen Coyle vs. DAL: P3 W0 L3 T0 ... Oscar Pareja vs. HOU: P6 W5 L0 T1
OUT: Alejandro Zendejas - Osteitis Pubis
QUESTIONABLE: Coy Craft - meniscus surgery recovery, Fabian Castillo - adductor strain
El Capitan. The clubs play for "El Capitán", the 19th‐century Mountain Howitzer cannon to be awarded to the winner of the season series by supporters groups for both clubs. Last year was the first season since 2011 the teams met more than once in the regular season, with both back in the Western Conference.
Out of the gate. According to the club's game notes, under Oscar Pareja, Dallas has a 7‐0‐2 record in March (identical 3‐0‐1 records in 2014/15 and last week's 2‐0 victory). Since 2013, FC Dallas has only lost once, a 3‐1 loss at Chivas USA on March 10, 2013 - giving Dallas an 11‐1‐2 record in March in the last three years.
How to watch
Kickoff: 7:30 PM
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium
TV: TXA 21
Online: MLS Live
Projected lineups: Obviously the big question centers around whether or not Castillo will get the start after injuring his adductor last week against Philadelphia. Ryan Hollingshead or Tesho Akindele appear to be natural replacements on the wing for him in this game should Pareja opt to go with saving Castillo for a week to be safe. Outside of that change, there shouldn't be too many more moves to the starting lineup that dominated Philadelphia a week ago at home.
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