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Scouting Report: How FC Dallas can pick up points against the Houston Dynamo

The Texas Derby moves south to Houston.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Los Angeles Galaxy Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Do we want a repeat of last year? Do we want to get beat by the Dynamo? No? Then what can Dallas do to beat the orange guys?

H is for Home Record

Houston have been a different team home and away this season. On the road, Houston are bad, as we have seen first-hand. At home Houston slaughter their opponents. Houston consistently beat teams by four goals at home. So, this is going to be a big game for Dallas. Can they hold attacking teams off?

Potential Lineup

Houston will likely miss DeMarcus Beasley for this game.

GK: Tyler Deric; LB: Dylan Remick; CB: Leonardo, Adolfo Machado; RB: AJ De La Garza; CM: Alex, Ricardo Clark, Juan Cabezas; RW: Mauro Manotas; LW: Romell Quioto; FW: Cubo Torres

Key Matchup

Michael Barrios vs. Dylan Remick. Houston score goals at home, it’s what they do, so it is crucial that Dallas find some offense this week. FCD has struggled to finish in recent weeks. Barrios and Roland Lamah will need to make things happen or Houston will win this game. For Remick, the key is to nullify Barrios pace, and he likely will have a better shot at doing that than Beasley would have. If you make Barrios pace work against him, he will struggle to beat you..

Three Things to Watch For

Be Prepared for the Counter.

Dallas will have Walker Zimmerman missing, and this could be in Dallas favor. Houston’s pace is going to be on full display on the breaks and having Maynor Figueroa in the middle may serve to prevent Houston blowing past Dallas.

Set Pieces

Dallas will need to be better on both sides here. Set piece defending has always been a weakness for Dallas and especially Figueroa. On the otherside, Dallas has not done enough with set pieces this year and a couple good corners could be the key to getting points on the road.

Big Western Conference Battle.

Dallas vs. Houston is for the first time in many years, a significant battle with Western Conference implications. A win or draw would hold Dallas just slightly ahead of Houston, while a loss could see Houston climb to the top of the West.