FC Dallas looks to earn a top four spot in the Western Conference playoffs as they take on Real Salt Lake tonight.
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Corey Rockwell; 4th: Allen ChapmanMLS Career: 209 games; FC/gm: 23.3; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 39; pens: 59
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: RSL: Sunday Stephen ... DAL: Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: RSL: Aaron Maund, Chris Wingert, Tony Beltran
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (33 meetings): Real 11 wins, 39 goals ... FC Dallas 17 wins, 46 goals ... Ties 5
AT SALT LAKE (18 meetings): Real 10 wins, 29 goals ... FC Dallas 5 wins, 19 goals ... Ties 3
6/25: DAL 2, RSL 0 (Acosta 18; Castillo 58)
8/20: RSL 1, DAL 0 (Olave 78)
Coaches record: Jeff Cassar vs. DAL: P7 W2 L4 D1 ... Oscar Pareja vs. RSL: P13 W6 L4 D3
FC Dallas Injury Report
OUT: Zach Loyd (concussion)
Looking for more on the road. FC Dallas has accumulated 18 points on the road this season, just one less than it had all of last season (19). The team also scored wins in Houston and LA in the US Open Cup.
Diaz foul watch. According to the club’s game notes, Mauro Diaz is drawing 2.79 fouls per match – the highest per‐game average in MLS this season (67 fouls in 24 matches).
Better with Hedges. FC Dallas’ record when defender Matt Hedges starts is 11‐4‐7 this season. FC Dallas’ defense has given up 1.11 goals per game since suffering a 5‐0 loss to Seattle on July 13.
How to watch
Kickoff: 8:30 PM
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Online: MLS Live
Projected lineups: With two games at home next week in the CCL and MLS, does Oscar Pareja hold off on using a strong lineup or does he go for broke in this one to get the max points? We think he goes all out.
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