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Three things to watch for as FC Dallas visits Orlando City

Both teams are in the middle of a big playoff push.

MLS: Orlando City SC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas heads to Florida, having finally won a game for the first time in a long time.

A Lineup Change.

As good as it was to get a win, and as much as it would seem intuitive to keep the lineup that finally on a game out on Saturday, it just won’t work. Javier Morales played well Wednesday, but after hammering New England 6-1, and having home field advantage in a raucous stadium, Orlando City will not sit back and let Dallas play, the way Colorado did.

Orlando has their issues, but they are better than Colorado. Expect Kellyn Acosta to start alongside Carlos Gruezo, hopefully to sure up the defense and midfield.

A “Spirited” Affair.

Orlando has a special stadium. Orlando City just crushed New England midweek and will want to follow that up. Meanwhile Dallas just got a win and will want to follow that up. Both sides have serious defensive issues and when they want to, amazing attacks. All of this to say, on paper, this looks like a goal fest. Prepare for a dull 0-0 draw, that’s just the way these things work.

Playoffs

Orlando are five points outside of sixth place and it looks unlikely they make the playoffs this year given how the Eastern Conference is going. If they have any chance, they have to beat Dallas. Dallas situation is a little less dramatic. FCD currently sit in sixth and have one of the easiest schedules remaining of any team in the league. Orlando is probably the toughest game this team has left. A loss would not be the end of the world unless it destroyed morale. For Dallas, any points here would be good points.