FC Dallas takes a brief stop from league play to kick off their US Open Cup title defense tomorrow night as they host the Tulsa Roughnecks.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. No changes to note from the previous game in Portland. Walker Zimmerman still sits out with his MCL injury. Paxton Pomykal is questionable after returning to training last week after being out for several weeks.
Quietly improving. According to the game notes, Michael Barrios tied a franchise record for assists in a game on June 3, with assists to Lamah (8), Akindele (43) and Ferreira (89). Dallas’ Antonio Martinez completed the triple-assist match twice: 8/11/2001 and 5/18/2002.
Key player for FCD: Cristian Colman. I’m like many of you, I’m giving Colman one more shot at things here as he looks for another goal outside of MLS play. He did bag a pair in CCL play, which makes me believe he can score a couple tomorrow to get back in good form for league play.
Biggest Question: Will Oscar Pareja play the kids?
Given the tough turnaround between last weekend in Portland and this weekend in Vancouver, this game screams ‘play the kids’ to me. I would love nothing more than to see a large group of Homegrown players out on the pitch for FCD tomorrow night. Could we see five or six of them at once? I hope so.
How they got here: Tulsa was a big surprise in the third round of the USOC, defeating San Antonio in eight rounds of penalties after going 120 scoreless minutes. The Roughnecks beat OKC Energy FC’s U-23 PDL team 5-2 in the Second Round to advance. This will be Tulsa’s first-ever match against an MLS foe.
Recent form. Tulsa currently sits eighth in the USL’s Western Conference with a 5-6-0 record, but have lost three of their last four games.
How to watch
Match date/time: Wednesday, 6/14, 7:00PM
Venue: Westco Field, Dallas, TX
Weather Forecast: Sunny, 91 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.