The Revs come into this match a bit well rested after their week two match against Orlando was cancelled due to weather. They dropped their first game of the season in Colorado 1-0.
The last time these two met, it was in the US Open Cup final where FC Dallas claimed their second trophy in club history.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. Mauro Diaz (Achilles), Anibal Chala (sports hernia), and Ryan Hollingshead (back/neck) are all out for this one. Victor Ulloa (sporting hernia) is not on the injury list as he returned to full training this week.
Playing the kids. Three FC Dallas Homegrown players started the team’s 0‐0 draw against Sporting KC on March 11. Jesse Gonzalez and Aaron Guillen made their 2017 debut, while Paxton Pomykal made his first MLS appearance for the club.
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. FC Dallas is also 33‐1‐3 since 2015 when scoring at least two goals.
Key player for FCD: Matt Hedges. New England is certainly well rested for this one, which means they’re going to try to pressure the tired Dallas legs as much as they can in this one with guys like Kelyn Rowe, Juan Agudelo, Kei Kamara and Diego Fagundez. Hedges will need another calm game in the back like he has these last couple of weeks to help keep the ship afloat.
Biggest question: Will there be any sort of CCL hangover?
We have seen it before from MLS clubs early in the season as they deal with the Champions League. FC Dallas so far has kept themselves free of the hangover bug after their quarterfinal series with Arabe Unido. But coming off a big win over a Mexican side may be a different story.
New England Notes:
Key player for Sporting: Juan Agudelo. Last year in the USOC final, Agudelo was a monster against the Dallas attack, scoring two goals. Bottling him up in the midfield will be key to slowing down the Revs.
Last Revs win in Frisco. New England will be looking for their first win in Frisco since April of 2008.
OUT: M - Zachary Herivaux (right ankle sprain)
OUT: GK - Brad Knighton (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: M - Lee Nguyen (right ankle contusion)
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 3/18, 7:00PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Online: MLS Live, FCDallas.com (DFW only)
Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)
Weather Forecast: Clear, 74 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.