Both teams had midweek games to deal with at home, and each won.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. Right now we’re back to a blank slate on the injury report.
Previous meeting. We have to go back to last year’s 4th of July contest where FC Dallas dominated the match from start to finish with a 4-0 win.
Barrios the creator. According to the club’s game notes, Michael Barrios recorded his 14th assist of the season vs. Minnesota on September 23 to move into sole possession of second-place on FC Dallas’ single-season assist chart. Barrios surpassed the 2016 season of Mauro Diaz, the MVP campaign of David Ferreira in 2010 and the 2000 season of Jason Kreis (currently the head coach of Orlando City SC) – all of which had 13 assists. Kreis’ 15-assist season in 1999, in which he was also named the league MVP, is the only player to have more assists in a single season.
Homegrown minutes. Former FC Dallas Academy players have accounted for 5671 minutes for the first team this season. That total is third-most in MLS behind Red Bull NY (6948) and LA Galaxy (6261).
Where the breaks fall. FC Dallas has allowed 12 of its 42 goals on the season between the 61st and 75th minutes – 29%. That is tied for the second-highest amount of goals allowed in MLS in that 15-minute frame BUT Orlando ranks 15th in the league (6G) in scoring during that portion of the match.
Key player for FCD: Maxi Urruti. We know how good he can be but the team needs him to be productive down the stretch. FC Dallas is 20-0-7 all-time, across all competitions. In the past two MLS seasons, FC Dallas is 16-0-7 with Urruti scoring or assisting. Dallas is 4-0-0 in CCL and USOC matches.
Biggest Question: Can FC Dallas build some momentum off Wednesday night?
Sure, the bunkered hard on Wednesday night after getting a two goal lead against the Rapids, but to be fair, Colorado allowed them to do so without any real pressure. Now FC Dallas needs to push Orlando in this one but not so much that they give up a ton of space in the back like they did in Minnesota.
Key player for Colorado: Dom Dwyer - We know how dangerous he can be from his days in Kansas City. Dwyer hasn’t scored a ton since his trade to Orlando but he’s been slowly getting there and Wednesday night was an indication that he’s back to his old self.
Injuries: OUT - GK Josh Saunders (neck injury), M Cristian Higuita (calf injury)
Suspension: Will Johnson
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 9/30, 3:00PM
Venue: Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, FL
Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)
Weather Forecast: Rain, 84 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.