The Orange are unbeaten at home this season, going an impressive 7-0-1 so far this season at BBVA Compass Stadium. The two sides met at the end of May, where they tied 0-0 in Frisco.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. Once again, just one player to discuss here as Walker Zimmerman continues to rehab his MCL strain.
Key intervals. Houston has dominated the 30th-45th minute period of the match in 2017, scoring a league-high seven goals. Dallas has as well, allowing just one goal. No team in MLS has allowed fewer.
HGP minutes. FC Dallas ranks first in minutes played by Homegrown players this season with 2,997, just 21 minutes ahead of Red Bull New York (2,976).
Key player for FCD: Mauro Diaz. I believe this could be the game that we see him crack the lineup for the first time in league play this season. While I don’t think he has the gas to go 90 just yet (despite doing so last week in the USOC), I do think he’ll be a vital player for what FCD wants to do in the attack.
Biggest Question: Can a Zimmerman-less defense stop this high-powered Dynamo attack?
I think the obvious answer is yes, they can. They still have Matt Hedges leading the way in the back and our captain was a beast last week in his return from national team duty. The key part will be making sure the Dynamo aren’t allowed to bring in pressure from the wings in this one. Hedges can track Erick Torres for this game but Houston still has a couple other scorers that know how to find the back of the net.
Key player for Houston: Alex. While Torres will get the attention up front from the Dallas defense, Alex has been doing very well in the midfield making sure the attack has the space to be free. His seven assists this season are no joke either.
Milestones. With a win tomorrow night, Houston would record their 50th win at BBVA Stadium and their 100th win in MLS regular-season play.
DF George Malki (torn left ACL)
MF Eric Alexander (right MCL strain)
QUESTIONABLE: DF DeMarcus Beasley left last week’s LA game with a thigh injury
How to watch
Match date/time: Friday, 6/23, 8:00PM
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
Online: FCDallas.com, Facebook.com/MLS
Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)
Weather Forecast: Cloudy, 85 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.