FC Dallas comes home to play their third game in just over a week as they host fourth place Sporting Kansas City. This game is again of utmost importance, not only can FC Dallas further secure their place at the top of the table but it will also help them going into a stretch where they play three straight road games.
Home Sellout vs Rain
FC Dallas has made it clear for a while now that this game has been sold out. SKC's fanbase has been known to travel well so this isn't much of a surprise, but it will be interesting to see which team's fanbase really shows out on Sunday.
The weather will certainly be a factor come game time as there is a 100% chance of heavy rain. Bring your panchos everyone.
Coming off back to back draws at home, FC Dallas trying to avoid going without a win in three consecutive home games for the first time since early 2014. Fans from both sides will be in attendance in what is sure to be a wet, wild and hopefully entertaining matchup.
SKC Attack vs FCD Defense
The FC Dallas defense face yet another formidable attack this game with players like Dom Dwyer, Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber leading an SKC attack that has already been carving defenses up this season.
Striker Dom Dwyer has been the focal point of attack for SKC ever since he burst on the scene in 2012, and has gotten off to a great start in 2016 with four goals in six games. Dwyer will look to exploit a weakened FCD defensive unit that will be without Carlos Gruezo as he serves his one game suspension for yellow cards. I would expect Victor Ulloa to start in Gruezo's place, and Kellyn Acosta to accompany him in the midfield.
In the three regular season games SKC played against FCD last season, Dwyer only scored once, only to score four goals in their win against FC Dallas in last year's US Open Cup.
Keeping The Pressure On
The performance FCD showed this past Wednesday is exactly what they needed. They finally seemed to have figured out how to move the ball without Mauro Diaz, and that play needs to continue if they want to walk out with three points. I felt like FC Dallas made it a point to keep the pressure on from the opening kick, and never allowing Portland to get their game going.
This is what needs to happen tonight. More pressure should bring more goals against a tough SKC defense that has only allowed five all season, and have yet to give up a goal on the road. This may well be the best team FCD has faced so far, so the mentality and effort must carry over into this game to ensure victory.