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FC Dallas vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Preview, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The Caps come into town looking for their first win in Frisco.

MLS: FC Dallas at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The season half of the season kicks into high gear this weekend as FC Dallas hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Both teams are coming in off different results from last week as FC Dallas won in Montreal, while Vancouver dropped points to their rivals from Portland.

FC Dallas notes:

Injury update. Right now, the list is empty. Let’s keep it that way.

But you’re suspended. FC Dallas two players out on suspensions this weekend due to yellow card accumulation as Maynor Figueroa and Hernan Grana will miss tomorrow’s game. It is rather impressive that it took this long into the season for this to happen, which shows how well disciplined the team has become.

At home against the Caps. FC Dallas is undefeated in all-time meetings at home against Vancouver, going 7-0-0 with a 14-2 scoring differential.

Last time around. FC Dallas had a disappointing draw on the road in late June against the Whitecaps. Dallas held the possession and chances for the bulk of the game before letting go of a 1-0 lead in the last minutes of the match.

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: Michael Barrios. With the heat expected to be pretty balmy tomorrow night in Frisco, Barrios’ speed on the wings could be a massive difference maker for FC Dallas against a Whitecaps defense that has seen its fair share of leaky performances.

Biggest Question: Will this be the start of FC Dallas kicking it into another gear?

We’ve talked a good bit about how FC Dallas has been playing it in a fairly neutral gear for the majority of this season but they’ve started ramping things up as of late with a 3-0-2 record in their last five games. With players back from international duty, Mauro Diaz almost at 100%, the time is now for the team to begin shifting things up a gear as the season turns into the stretch run.

Vancouver Notes:

Key player for Vancouver: Fredy Montero. The Colombian leads the way in scoring with six goals for the Caps this season. If anyone can have a good game against Dallas, it would be Montero.

From open play. Vancouver have only scored 14 goals from open play this season, tied with D.C. and Orlando for the fewest open play goals in MLS action this year.

Injuries: OUT: David Edgar (PCL and MCL tear), Brett Levis (ACL tear)

Suspended: Tony Tchani


How to watch

Match date/time: Saturday, 7/29, 7:00PM

Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX

TV: TXA-21

Online: FCDallas.com, MLS Live

Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)

Weather Forecast: Sunny, 88 degrees

Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.