Previews: We have tons of preview material up and ready to read before this one kicks off.
REFEREE: Jose Carlos Rivero. AR1 (bench): Corey Parker; AR2 (opposite): Andrew Bigelow; 4th: Rubiel Vazquez MLS Career: 57 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 15; pens: 27
DISABLED LIST: DC: Bill Hamid
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DC: Steve Birnbaum (USA; vs. Guatemala 3/25, 3/29); Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica; vs. Jamaica 3/25, 3/29) ... DAL: Kellyn Acosta, Walker Zimmerman (USA U-23; vs. Colombia U-23 3/25, 3/29s); Tesho Akindele (Canada; vs. Mexico 3/25, 3/29); Moises Hernandez (Guatemala; vs. USA 3/25, 3/29); Maynor Figueroa(Honduras; vs. El Salvador 3/25, 3/29); Atiba Harris (St. Kitts and Nevis; vs Aruba 3/25, vs. Antigua and Barbuda 3/29);Jesse Gonzalez (Mexico U-23)
ALL-TIME (42 meetings): United 15 wins (0 shootout), 75 goals ... FC Dallas 19 wins (4 shootout), 70 goals ... Ties 8
AT RFK (19 meetings): United 9 wins (0 shootout), 47 goals ... FC Dallas 5 wins (2 shootout), 29 goals ... Ties 5
LAST YEAR (MLS):
7/18: DAL 2, DC 1 (Acosta 73; Castillo 92+ -- own goal 77)
Coaches record: Ben Olsen vs. DAL: P7 W2 L3 D2 ... Oscar Pareja vs. DC: P4 W1 L2 D1
FC Dallas Injury Report
OUT: Alejandro Zendejas - Osteitis Pubis
Reprise of last year's game at Columbus? One of FC Dallas' biggest wins of the 2015 season came against Columbus on Sept. 6, 2015 - during a FIFA international break (today's match is also during an international break). Due to the number of players missing for that match, FC Dallas was able to start five Homegrown players: Gonzalez, Ulloa, Craft, Zendejas and Acosta en route to a 3‐0 victory (tied for the biggest margin of victory away from Toyota Stadium last season).
Diaz on midseason form. According to the club's game notes, Since returning to the lineup after a six‐game absence on September 27, 2015, Diaz has four goals and six assists in his last nine MLS matches. The double‐assist day for Diaz on March 6 was the fourth of his MLS career.
How to watch
Kickoff: 4:30 PM
Venue: RFK Stadium
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports
Online: MLS Live
Projected lineups: One big question entering this game will be whether or not Pareja goes crazy with a lineup or sticks to his guns and remains in the 4-2-3-1. More than likely he will go with young Homegrown Aaron Guillen in the middle of the defense with Matt Hedges and Zach Loyd will be out on the wings opposite of Ryan Hollingshead. The rest of the lineup should be pretty straight forward after that based off last week's team that beat Montreal.
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