FC Dallas is back on the road for their first midweek game of 2016 as they take on the Portland Timbers in a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals.
Both teams are dealing with some injuries and short turn arounds from their weekend draws.
FC Dallas notes:
Maxi in the attack. According to the club's game notes, Maximiliano Urruti recorded 15 shots on goal in both of the last two seasons. His shooting percentage was 32% (47/15) in 2014 and 38% (39/15) in 2015. This season, his shooting percentage is at 47% (19/9). He has also hit the right post two weeks in a row, the second of which resulted in Tesho Akindele's game‐tying goal against Columbus on April 2.
Getting the clean sheets. This is the second‐straight year FC Dallas had three shutouts in its first four matches. For the first time since 1996, FC Dallas has two straight shutouts at home to open the season. It took last year's squad seven more matches to secure its' fourth shutout of the season. Despite the delay, Dallas recorded a franchise‐high 13 shutouts in 2015.
Youth leading the way. FC Dallas rolled out the youngest starting 11 in the league on opening day. Gonzalez (20), Gruezo (20) and Acosta (20) anchored a squad that was an average of two‐years younger than every other starting 11 in the league with the exception of Orlando (24.4) and Colorado (25.5).
Key player for FCD: Maxi Urruti. Tonight may be all about Urruti getting the best of his old team. While both Portland and Urruti are going to play it nice off the field, don't be shocked if he comes out and goes all for broke in getting a goal against his former club. After all, it was the Timbers that left him out for the Re-Entry Draft after last year's MLS Cup win.
Biggest question: How will FCD respond with the quick turnaround?
Both sides have the quick turnaround to be fair, and technically FCD does have an extra day on the Timbers. But traveling to the west coast is always tricky. Both teams are coming into this game on pretty rocky form too but Dallas may have the upper hand given all the injuries the Timbers are dealing with. Still, this could be a chance that we see Oscar Pareja mix things up with his lineup with the home game on Sunday looming against SKC.
How to watch
Match date/time: Wednesday, 4/13, 9:30PM
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports
Online: MLS Live
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.