Previews: We have tons of preview material up and ready to read before this one kicks off.
REFEREE: Mark Geiger. AR1 (bench): Craig Lowry; AR2 (opposite): Eric Boria; 4th: Fotis Bazakos MLS Career: 146 games; FC/gm: 26.5; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 34; pens: 45
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (8 meetings): FC Dallas 4 wins, 15 goals ... Union 0 wins, 8 goals ... Ties 4
AT DALLAS (26 meetings): FC Dallas 3 wins, 8 goals ... Union 0 wins, 3 goals ... Ties 1
LAST YEAR (MLS):
3/21: PHI 0, DAL 2 (Akindele 49; Hollingshead 59)
Coaches record: Oscar Pareja vs. PHI: P6 W3 L1 D2 ... Jim Curtin vs. DAL: P3 W0 L2 D1
OUT: Coy Craft - meniscus surgery recovery, Alejandro Zendejas - Osteitis Pubis
Youth. FC Dallas' opening-day average age is 24.19 - just 0.07 up from last season's average age of 24.12. Despite the 16 players remaining from last season getting a year older, FC Dallas managed to retain its age by adding youthful players: Carlos Gruezo (20), Colin Bonner (21), Ryan Herman (20), Timo Pitter (23) and Max Urruti (25) in the offseason.
How to watch
Kickoff: 2:00 PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium
TV: TXA 21
Online: MLS Live
Projected lineups: Opening day lineups are always a pure guess but from what we've been able to gather, we should see a back four that has Atiba Harris, Maynor Figurero, Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman. The bigger question may come down to the central midfield pairing behind Mauro Diaz. Will newly signed DP Carlos Gruezo get the start or will Kellyn Acosta and Victor Ulloa get the nod again this year.
Prediction: Our staff has a full list of predictions, which one are you going with?
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Here you go, comment below. We'll be adding lineups and commentary as we go along here.