FC Dallas finishes out a home stand tonight on Independence Day as they host Orlando City SC for the first time at Toyota Stadium.
Both teams are coming off wins last weekend as they meet for the second time in league play.
Previews: We have tons of preview material up and ready to read before this one kicks off.
REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu. AR1 (bench): Gianni Facchini; AR2 (opposite): Craig Lowry; 4th: Nima Saghafi MLS Career: 113 games; FC/gm: 27.6; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 16; pens: 24
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: ORL: Carlos Rivas, Brek Shea
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman ... ORL: Cristian Higuita
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: ORL: Tommy Redding (U.S. U-20s) ... DAL: Coy Craft (U.S. U-20s)
ALL-TIME (1 meeting): FC Dallas 1 win, 2 goals ... Orlando City 0 wins, 0 goals ... Ties 0
AT DALLAS: First meeting.
LAST YEAR (MLS)
7/11: ORL 0, DAL 2 (Diaz 46+; Texeira 64)
Coaches record: Adrian Heath vs. DAL: P1 W0 L1 D0 ... Oscar Pareja vs. ORL: P1 W1 L0 D0
FC Dallas Injury Report
OUT: Zach Loyd (concussion)
Orlando scores late. According to the club's game notes, Orlando leads MLS with 17 goals scored after the 60th minute, but they also lead the league in goals against from the 60th minute on (15) by a margin of four goals (next closest team has allowed 11 in that time frame).
FCD against the East. Following Dallas’ 4‐2 win against New England, Oscar Pareja is 14‐6‐4 against the east in the past two seasons.
Fouls on Diaz. Despite missing five games this season, Mauro Diaz is drawing 3.53 fouls per match – the highest per‐game average in MLS this season (46 fouls in 13 matches).
Score twice. FC Dallas was 17‐1‐0 last season when scoring two or more goals. The 2016 squad is 9‐0‐1 when scoring at least twice.
How to watch
Kickoff: 8:00 PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports
Online: MLS Live
Projected lineups: The turn around from the USOC game last Wednesday shouldn’t be a problem since Oscar Pareja used a mix of main players and reserves. Expect a strong lineup out on the field tonight. We’ll post it in the comments below when they come out.
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