Montreal is coming off a 2-1 win on Wednesday night against Philadelphia.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. Right now, the list is empty. Let’s keep it that way.
On call. FC Dallas sees Jesse Gonzalez, Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges and Maynor Figueroa out for this one as they deal with the Gold Cup. Figueroa and Honduras did lose in the quarterfinals on Thursday night but his availability is not known yet for Saturday’s game.
Looking for a win in Montreal. FC Dallas is 0-1-1 in their two trips to Montreal since the Impact joined MLS.
Last time around. FC Dallas defeated Montreal at Toyota Stadium last March in a 2-0 affair. A lot has changed for both sides since that meeting.
Against the East. FC Dallas has a 4-1-1 record against the East this season. SKC (1-0-5), LA (2-1-3) and VAN (3-2-1) are the only Western Conference teams with winning records against the East this season.
When Urruti scores. FC Dallas is 19-0-6 all-time, across all competitions. In the past two MLS seasons FC Dallas is 15-0-6 with Urruti scoring or assisting. Dallas is 4-0-0 in CCL and USOC matches.
Key player for FCD: Mauro Diaz. Given how Montreal has been at home lately, it will be on Diaz to get the attack going as early and often as possible in this one. If you let Montreal hang around for even a second, they’ll find a way to pounce. The Impact’s defense has some issues that Diaz could do well at finding though and that could lead to some points.
Biggest Question: Can FCD continue to elevate their level of play?
Before last week’s weird game in the USOC at Kansas City, the level of play was on the way up with two big wins at home. Now Oscar Pareja’s bunch will have to figure out a way to do that on the road. If they play down to their competition, it will be a close game but if the attack shows up and the defense continues to play strong, they’ll have no issues with this Montreal team.
Key player for Montreal: Blerim Dzemaili. Four goals and four assists since joining the Impact is nothing to ignore here. Dzemaili has lived up to the hype that he was brought in on.
At home. Montreal have won six of their last 10 games at home (2L-2D), including their last four.
Injuries: OUT: Ambroise Oyongo (right knee surgery); Ignacio Piatti (groin injury); Victor Cabrera (undisclosed injury)
International duty: Shaun Francis – Jamaica, Shamit Shome – U20 Canada
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 7/22, 6:30PM
Venue: Stade Saputo, Montreal, Quebec
Online: FCDallas.com, MLS Live
Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)
Weather Forecast: Sunny, 75 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.