The last two undefeated teams face off this week in a battle at the top of the Western conference, so what should you watch for?
Two Immovable Objects
FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City have the best defensive records in the league right now. Dallas having conceded three goals, two from penalties, and one of those from a dive. SKC has conceded two goals through six games. When these two met in March it was a 0-0 draw. SKC was struggling to find form and Dallas rested key players for their midweek CCL match.
Their are no distractions this time though. Dallas only have the league to worry about and SKC have begun to hit their stride. So what advantages are there if any?
FC Dallas has lost three home games since the start of 2015 in MLS, two of those to the Rapids. The Hoops record at home is outstanding. In a game that looks like a pretty even matchup on paper, this may ultimately be a difference maker. Dallas finds ways to win at home.
However, SKC has just come off a road win in Portland. They may feel up to the task of felling another Western conference giant in front of their home fans.
Dallas has struggled the last few weeks and their have been a number of players criticized. Chris Seitz lost his spot to Jesse Gonzalez a few weeks back and it seems like more may be coming. Anibal Chala has been on the bench a few weeks now. Is the DP left-back ready to start over Maynor Figueroa? Will Oscar Pareja bench Roland Lamah for his lack of production? Paxton Pomykal and Jesus Ferreira just became U-19 Dallas Cup champions last weekend with some outstanding performances and could have a shot at Lamah’s spot. Maybe the team moves to a 4-2-3-1 and puts Javier Morales in for Cristian Colman.
There are a number of ways this team could line up and a whole host of options Pareja may go with. Ultimately I think we will see a couple changes in the lineup this weekend. Whether it will be enough to break down SKC is another question.