RSL is coming off a bad 5-1 loss on Wednesday night in Houston, while FC Dallas are looking for their first win in nearly a month.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. The newcomer to the list is Walker Zimmerman and his MCL strain. Paxton Pomykal is also still out as well.
Call of duty. That list includes Matt Hedges and Kellyn Acosta. Next week it will also include Maynor Figueroa and Tesho Akindele.
Last time out against RSL. Things couldn’t have gone better last time against RSL for FCD when the club went to Utah at the beginning of May. Maxi Urruti scored two goals on the way to a commanding 3-0 win.
So glad we’re in summer. According to the game notes, the last month of spring is historically Oscar Pareja's least favorite. In May, Pareja is 6-10-6 since 2014 OR a winning percentage – .409%. The good news? Summer is coming. July is Pareja’s best month. His record is 10-1-2 OR a winning percentage of .807%. But you gotta get through June first.
Set pieces are key. Defending set pieces will be important as RSL ranks first in the league in corner kicks (33) and fouls conceded (195). They rank second in the league in shots (186), but fall to ninth in the league in shots on goal (58). FC Dallas will have opportunities to score on free kicks, with RSL being whistled for 13.92 fouls per game.
Key player for FCD: Carlos Gruezo. With the changes in the back this week, Gruezo (and Victor Ulloa) will have to be the stop-gap that keeps the RSL attack at bay. If he continues to clog up the passing lanes and keeps the pressure off those guys in the back, FCD will do fine in this one.
Biggest Question: Will the offense show signs of life?
While the defense is a big question for this week with Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman both out, it is the attack that really is more intriguing going into this contest. FCD’s attack has really struggled to find their own way over the last month with only two goals in the last four games. As Mauro Diaz returns to the field for more minutes, it will be interesting to see how his passing helps unlock this attack.
Key player for RSL: Joao Plata. The 5-foot-2 forward is always a bit of a handful on the field. He’s got two goals on the season and could be an issue for a back line that doesn’t have their two main center backs.
OUT: F - Chad Barrett (knee surgery); OUT: D - David Horst (knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: M - Jordan Allen (right quad strain), D - Demar Phillips (hamstring); PROBABLE: D - Tony Beltran (back)
F - Jefferson Savarino (VEN; Friendlies), GK - Nick Rimando (USA; WCQs), D - Danny Acosta (USA; U-20 World Cup), D - Justen Glad (USA; U-20 World Cup), F - Brooks Lennon (USA; U-20 World Cup), M - Sebastian Saucedo (USA; U-20 World Cup)
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 6/3, 7:00PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Online: FCDallas.com, MLS Live
Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)
Weather Forecast: Cloudy, 71 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.