On Monday we learned that FC Dallas would be missing a total of seven players to international duty for this weekend's game with D.C. United. Throw in the fact that Homegrown midfielder Alejandro Zendejas is still recovering from an injury, puts FC Dallas right at the bare minimum for players available with 18 for Saturday's game.
So with that we know some changes are coming. We've already asked what your lineup selection will be and while I don't think we'll see a massive change all together outside of the defense there are a few players I am hopeful will get a chance to play this weekend for FCD.
This one is obvious as we know the veteran defender will get a spot in the starting lineup. Loyd has missed the first three games thanks to the emergence of Walker Zimmerman in the central part of the defense. But truly he didn't get a starting spot at the beginning of the season due to fitness.
He told me before the season opener that he wasn't quite at 100% but would be ready should he get called on. Three weeks later, he is ready.
Juan Esteban Ortiz
The veteran defensive midfielder was brought in a bit under the radar in the offseason to help bulk up the midfield.
So far we've only seen Ortiz on the bench this season but during preseason play we were able to see a player that brought a decent amount of calmness to the midfield when he was out on the field.
The Homegrown defender may very well be in line for not only his first exposure to the first 18 this weekend but even his first start. Given the absences on defense, Guillen may be forced into the lineup against the Black-and-Red this weekend.
Guillen had a solid college career for Florida Gulf Coast University, where he was a four year starter. The El Paso native was one of the top defenders for FGCU over the last few seasons. He has good athletic ability that may pair well with Matt Hedges in the middle of the defense.
One name that continued to be on the FC Dallas scoresheet in preseason was the German-born Pitter. I can't count the times that people have asked why he hasn't been apart of any of the game day rosters yet this season but he will definitely get his chance this weekend.
Pitter lead the team in scoring during the preseason but jumping up the depth charts over guys like Tesho Akindele or Maximiliano Urruti has been difficult so far. If anything, he could use this weekend as a spring board to showcase why the club signed him last month.