Sporting are coming off a 0-0 draw last week at D.C. United, while FC Dallas are unbeaten thanks to a 2-1 win in LA.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. Mauro Diaz (Achilles), Anibal Chala (sports hernia), Victor Ulloa (sports hernia) and Ryan Hollingshead (back/neck) are all out for this one.
Road warriors. FC Dallas and the NY Red Bulls were the only road teams to pick up wins on the road last weekend – traveling teams went 2‐5‐4 in Week 1.
Get that first goal please. According to the club’s game notes, since 2015, FCD is 29‐1‐4 when scoring first. Dallas’ only loss was a 2‐1 defeat to the LA Galaxy on Aug. 15, 2015.
Key player for FCD: Carlos Gruezo. We know the Ecuadorian takes up a lot of space in the midfield and does all the dirty work that goes unnoticed, but this will be a game that he has to stay on guys like Benny Feilhaber and close down the passing lanes that go towards Dom Dwyer.
Biggest question: Does Oscar Pareja hold anyone out for this one in preparation for Wednesday’s CCL game?
The Saturday to Wednesday turnaround isn’t a bad one for FC Dallas this time around, not to mention the short travel (compared to last week), should open up the roster a good bit for Pareja to use a strong lineup tomorrow and again on Wednesday against Pachuca.
Sporting KC Notes:
Key player for Sporting: Dom Dwyer. If Dallas isn’t able to shut down his time on the ball and the chances that he tends to get around the box, it could be a long trip back to Frisco in the end.
SKC vs FCD. Sporting Kansas City takes on FC Dallas in the club’s season opener having gone unbeaten at home against their Texas-based opponents since 2011, including a 4-0-0 mark in their last four home games against Dallas in all competitions.
OUT: Diego Rubio (Torn ACL)
QUESTIONABLE: Cameron Iwasa (Hamstring Strain), Erik Palmer-Brown (Ankle Sprain)
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 3/11, 8:00PM
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS
Online: MLS Live, FCDallas.com (DFW only)
Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)
Weather Forecast: Cloudy, 37 degrees (some snow potential too!)
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.