San Jose enjoyed the advantage in the early years of this rivalry, which dates back to the league's inaugural season in 1996. But FC Dallas are unbeaten in their last seven games against San Jose (4-0-3), outscoring the Quakes 11-3 and keeping five clean sheets over that time.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. Things continue to go well for the FCD injury report as right now the only person listed is Mauro Diaz as he recovers from his Achilles injury. Everyone else is healthy at the moment.
Busy kids. Some may wonder where all the Homegrown players are these days but most of them are busy with the FCD academy teams. Paxton Pomykal, Reggie Cannon, and Jesus Ferreira have been with the U-18s this past week, while Bryan Reynolds continues to be in the US national team camp.
Run of play defending. According to the club’s game notes, through four MLS matches this season, Dallas has not allowed a goal during the run of play. Dallas’ only goals against have come from the penalty spot, one versus the LA Galaxy on March 4 and another against New England on March 18 – Dallas recovered from the calls to prevail, 2‐1, in both matches.
Go for two. FC Dallas is 35‐1‐3 since 2015 when scoring at least two goals.
Key player for FCD: Roland Lamah. I know he has been disappointing these last couple of weeks but he is still getting acclimated to the league and all. I think this is a game he can shine a bit more as he’ll be going up against a rookie Homegrown fullback in Nick Lima. If he can use his experience against Lima to create some key chances for the Dallas attack, we’ll be well on our way to another positive result here.
Biggest Question: Will Dallas find the combination that works for them?
We’ve seen a 4-4-2 and more recently a 4-2-3-1, and Dallas hasn’t truly dominated with either of them. Javier Morales’ presence last game seemed to breathe some life into the attack, but it’s yet to be seen if he is fit enough to start consecutive games.
San Jose Notes:
Key player for San Jose: Anibal Godoy. Lima may have been more impressive so far for the Quakes this season but Godoy has shined a bit more for me. Slowing his ability to get on the ball in the middle of the field will be key for Dallas in this one.
Fortress Avaya: San Jose are undefeated at in three games at home this season.
FCD and the Quakes are historically hard to separate with three of the last five results between the two being draws.
San Jose have scored in every game thus far this season and Dallas have still not conceded a goal in open play. We’ll find out tonight what happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force.
OUT: F - Quincy Amarikwa (knee surgery 9/29, out 9 months), D - Marvell Wynne (heart abnormality), M - Marc Pelosi (left knee injury), D - Harold Cummings (leg surgery, 3/30, out 4-6 months)
How to watch
Match date/time: Friday, 4/14, 10:00PM
Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA
Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)
Weather Forecast: Sunny, 60 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.