Minnesota is coming off a big 3-2 win last weekend against Montreal.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. We’re back to a clean slate in the injury department.
One out. But despite the lack of injuries, Matt Hedges is suspended for this one due to a yellow card accumulation.
Previous meeting. FC Dallas won the first ever meeting between the two clubs earlier this season in Frisco. It wasn’t an easy match as Minnesota forced Dallas and Jesse Gonzalez into a slew of big saves. Dallas won that game 2-0.
Changes in the defense. FCD’s defense has been hit especially hard, weathering 23 of those 27 lineup changes in the last eight games – eight changes at center back, seven at defensive mid, three at left back, three at goalkeeper and one at right back. This will be another weekend that it changes with Hedges out.
Corners created According to the club’s game notes, FC Dallas (165) has created the second-most corner kicks in MLS this season behind only RSL (192). Sadly, they’ve only converted on three of them.
Key player for FCD: Carlos Gruezo. This one could easily come down to a midfield battle as both sides will look for possession and chances from the wings. Gruezo has been a different player as of late with how he breaks up plays and relieves some pressure on the defense. Dallas will need a big game out of him in the middle with Hedges suspended in the back to help keep the scoreboard clean.
Biggest Question: Did the 5v5 tournament in training this week actually help?
It was reported pretty heavily that FC Dallas did a little mini-tournament this week to help bring back a ‘winning culture’ to the team. While those types of sessions are fun and good for morale, it will be key to see how it translates on the field tomorrow night. Dallas has not looked confident these last two months on both ends of the field and if that is the mental break that they needed, it should open up a group that still has plenty of talent to beat any team in this league.
Key player for Minnesota: Christian Ramirez - The former NASL star still remains the most dangerous player for the expansion side as he leads the team with 12 goals.
Injuries: OUT – M Bernardo Anor (left lower leg injury), M/D Thomas de Villardi (left Achilles injury), D Jermaine Taylor (head injury), M Sam Cronin (head injury)
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 9/12, 7:00PM
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Online: MLS Live, FCDallas.com
Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)
Weather Forecast: Sunny, 85 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.