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FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Preview, expected lineups, and how to watch online

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FC Dallas plays in Vancouver tonight at 9:30pm.

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Things could get heated in a matchup that has become somewhat of a rivalry in the past few years as FC Dallas travels to Canada for the first time this season to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Blas Perez vs Mauro Rosales

In the offseason, Blas Perez and Mauro Rosales were swapped between these teams, as Vancouver looked to add to their stable of forwards and FC Dallas needed a backup for Mauro Diaz. How much time will either of these players get today?

Super Ratón has started 2 games for Vancouver this year, but didn't even make the 18 last week in Salt Lake City. Carl Robinson has heavily rotated his players, so it seems likely that he would want to play a fired-up Blas.

Mauro Rosales has only seen duty in the final half hour for FC Dallas. It seems clear that Oscar Pareja does not think he has the fitness required to last 90 minutes. With Mauro Diaz traveling to Vancouver, Rosales' playing time could be reduced even further.

Playmakers missing

Mauro Diaz has been unavailable recently, having suffered "leg tightness" that became a hamstring strain. FC Dallas' social media has revealed that Diaz traveled to Vancouver. Pareja said that he is fit and "ready to go." But with the game on turf, Papi would be wise to sit Diaz until he has recovered completely. It's possible we see Mauro Diaz instead of Mauro Rosales for the final 30 minutes.

Vancouver's #10, Pedro Morales, has missed 2 games with a left hip strain. Officially, he is listed as questionable. Without him available, Vancouver has shifted to a 4-4-2 similar to Dallas.

Can't buy a goal

The Vancouver Whitecaps have not scored a goal from the run of play this year. Pedro Morales has scored 4 goals from the penalty spot and two others have scored from set pieces. Vancouver has been shut out in all 3 games in April.

But FC Dallas is wary that Vancouver can turn it on at any time, especially at home. Victor Ulloa commented that "They can bounce back at any moment, we just have to make sure we don't give them that opportunity." With Dallas struggling to defend set pieces, Vancouver might get a result even without scoring a goal from the run of play.

Meanwhile, Dallas has been flying high offensively even though they are missing Mauro Diaz, having scored 8 goals in the 4 games he has been absent. Vancouver's tall center backs are dominant aerially, but struggle to defend pace and through balls. FC Dallas is likely to be able to exploit the Whitecaps with pace on the counter.

How to watch:

Kickoff: Saturday, April 23rd, 9:30pm central

Venue: BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

TV: TWC, MLS LIVE

Weather Forecast: Indoor game on dreaded turf

Projected Starting Lineups:

FC Dallas

Vancouver Whitecaps