After getting some days off last week after the Fourth of July, FC Dallas returns to action tomorrow night in the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup when they take on Sporting Kansas City.
This is a matchup of the two most recent tournament winners, and the last team to beat FC Dallas in this competition (SKC did so en route to their 2015 title). FCD has never won in KC in USOC play however, going 0-2-0.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. The injury list looks pretty good for FCD right now as no one is on the report for the first time this year.
On call. FC Dallas sees Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges and Maynor Figueroa out for this one as they deal with the Gold Cup.
FCD in the quarterfinals. FC Dallas has a record of 8-6-1 in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals. That total includes an away record of 4-4-1. FCD has won its last three away matches in the cup quarterfinals dating back to a 2-1 OT win against the Charleston Battery on Aug. 7, 2007.
Last time around. FC Dallas defeated SKC in MLS play 1-0 on May 22. Figueroa netted the game winner.
Key player for FCD: Mauro Diaz. The last two meetings with SKC saw the offense struggle to create chances. With Diaz being back to almost full health, this will be a game that should allow him to create chances and open up the attack like what we’ve been seeing out of the club in the last three games (10 goals across two competitions).
Biggest Question: Could this defensive battle come down to kicks?
FCD has held SKC to no goals in the last two games, pushing a shutout streak to 197 dating back to August 13, 2016. This game has at least overtime written all over it, given how both teams play in the back. FCD’s only PK loss in USOC play was back in 2014 at home to Philadelphia, before that they were 5-0-0 in shootouts.
Key player for SKC: Benny Fielhaber. While Dom Dwyer is out dealing with the national team duty, Fielhaber will be the key man in the attack for the Sporks tomorrow night.
Running hot. SKC is currently on a hot run since the end of May when they lost to Colorado. They’ve gone 4-0-4 across all competitions since then.
QUESTIONABLE: M - Gerso (dislocated shoulder)
D Matt Besler (USA), D Graham Zusi (USA), F Dom Dwyer (USA)
How to watch
Match date/time: Tuesday, 7/11, 7:30PM
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS
Online: FCDallas.com, USSoccer.com
Weather Forecast: Sunny, 93 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.