FC Dallas are back in the country as they look to take on their derby rivals the Houston Dynamo tomorrow night.
FC Dallas is coming off a 1-0 loss in league play last weekend and a 1-1 draw in Champions League play on Wednesday night. The Dynamo are coming into this match fresh off a disappointing 1-1 draw on Wednesday night with Seattle.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. The only injury is still with Zach Loyd. Really nothing new on that front unfortunately.
Assist king. According to the clubs’ game notes, Mauro Diaz is fourth in MLS in assists (10) despite missing six of Dallas’ 26 games. He is tied for the league lead in game‐winning assists (5). He also posted a game‐winning and game‐tying assist in the USOC Semifinal.
Score first. FCD had a 15‐1‐2 record during the 2015 regular season when scoring first. Dallas’ only loss was a 2‐1 defeat to the LA Galaxy on Aug. 15 (Dallas’ last home loss). FCD is 11‐0‐2 this season when scoring first.
Key player for FCD: Mauro Diaz. Getting that rest on Wednesday night should be huge for him in this one. He’ll have the freshest legs of the attack for Dallas and hopefully he can take advantage of a Houston team that used a lot of energy on Wednesday night in their draw with Seattle.
Biggest question: Did Oscar Pareja manage the minutes right?
Last week’s result was a bummer and Wednesday night’s was pretty much expected on the road and in a competition like the Champions League. Pareja left some key guys like Diaz, Maxi Urruti, Chris Seitz and Walker Zimmerman at home while saving the legs of guys like Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo and Michael Barrios in Nicaragua. If anything he has to prove that saving those legs was the master plan for this game with a win.
Injury update. OUT: Tyler Deric (L elbow sprain) DOUBTFUL: Will Bruin (L knee effusion)
PROBABLE: DaMarcus Beasley (L knee surgery)
Key player for Houston: Andrew Wenger. He was a thorn in the side for Dallas back in March and is now the club’s leading scorer after his goal on Wednesday night against Seattle. A quiet night from him will likely spell a quiet night from the Houston attack.
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 8/27, 8:00PM
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports
Online: MLS Live
Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.