Now that the US Open Cup is out of the way, FC Dallas has turned their sights to New York City FC for this weekend’s lone regular season meeting.
New York City is unbeaten in five straight home games and are looking to push forward in the Eastern Conference playoff race where they sit two points back of first place Toronto. However, they are fresh off a 3-1 loss last weekend at New England.
FC Dallas is coming back into regular season play off a 1-0 loss of their own last week to Colorado.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. The only injury is still with Zach Loyd.
Last meeting. The two squads only square off one a year due to the way the schedule works out. Last year, FCD hosted the expansion NYC side and downed them 2-1.
Early goals. According to the game notes both teams like to score early. FCD has scored 14 goals (tied with NYCFC for first) in the first 30 minutes of MLS matches this season.
Key player for FCD: Maxi Urruti. Some think he may get some rest after Tuesday night, I think he’ll still start in this one. If he can exploit the middle of the New York defense, which has allowed a league-high 50 goals this year in the same way he did New England on Tuesday night, then FCD has a good shot in this one.
Biggest question: Will there be any USOC hangover?
FCD has done a great job this year in bouncing back in short rest situations. They’ve really only struggled a couple times this year in going from a Saturday to a Wednesday to a Saturday. The one big one that stuck out was the reserve-heavy roster that lost in Seattle back in the early part of the summer. This shouldn’t be that kind of situation, even with the emotional high that the club will have to come down from.
New York City FC Notes:
Injury update. OUT: Connor Brandt, Shannon Gomez, Maxime Chanot
Key player for NYC: David Villa. There really isn’t another more dangerous guy on the field than Villa. In tight spaces he is able to do a lot with a little. He can make any good defender look silly in the process too.
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 9/17, 6:00PM
Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Online: MLS Live
Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.