FC Dallas is back at home tonight as they square off against their old Brimstone Cup rivals, the Chicago Fire.
Both teams are coming in on opposite paths as the Fire won their Wednesday night game at home against Sporting KC, while FC Dallas was blown out on the road in Seattle.
Previews: We have tons of preview material up and ready to read before this one kicks off.
REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. AR1 (bench): Kevin Klinger; AR2 (opposite): Chris Strickland; 4th: Edvin Jurisevic MLS Career: 215 games; FC/gm: 24.9; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 73; pens: 76
SUSPENDED: DAL: Maynor Figueroa (through July 17)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Atiba Harris
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman -- CHI: Joao Meira
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (39 meetings): FC Dallas 20 wins (2 shootout), 70 goals -- Fire 15 wins (1 shootout), 61 goals -- Ties 4
AT DALLAS (18 meetings): FC Dallas 12 wins (1 shootout), 40 goals -- Fire 4 wins (0 shootout), 25 goals -- Ties 2
LAST YEAR (MLS):
8/2: CHI 2, DAL 0 (Accam 4; Maloney 85)
Coaches record: Veljko Paunovic vs. DAL: first game -- Oscar Pareja vs. CHI: P4 W1 L3 D0
FC Dallas Injury Report
OUT: Zach Loyd (concussion)
Second in assists. According to the club's game notes, Mauro Diaz is averaging 0.48 assists per 90 minutes played, which ranks second only to Antonio Martinez’s franchise record of 0.53 assists per 90 minutes in franchise history. Diaz ranks first all‐time in assists per appearance with 0.36, just ahead of Ronnie O’Brien and David Ferreira’s 0.35.
Goals. Goals. Goals. Dallas is on pace to score 53 goals this season, two less than the franchise record of 55, recorded in ‘97 and ‘14.
How to watch
Kickoff: 8:00 PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium
Online: MLS Live
Projected lineups: It seems likely Oscar Pareja won’t keep the same group that he used on Wednesday in Seattle. The majority of the main starters are expected to return for this one but would you make any changes?
Prediction: Our staff has a full list of predictions, which one are you going with?
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