A Bounce back for FCD?
Philly, right? That should be a good game to get a win and wash away that debacle last week, right? Perhaps not. The Philadelphia Union have struggled last week, giving up a 3-0 loss to the New England Revolution, but over the course of the season they have managed to remain reasonably good defensively. They have conceded 27 goals, four more than Dallas, and have maintained a positive goal differential, which is rare among the teams at the bottom of the table.
So while the Union may be having a rough time lately, they will surely think that a game at home against a recently defeated Dallas is points up for grabs if they can find a way to prevent FCD from scoring.
Goal Threats for the Match
Starting with Philadelphia, the biggest threat on that team has to be C.J. Sapong. With 10 goals and five assists this season, Sapong has been easily the best thing going for the Union. He is big, strong, and lethal on his day.
The rest of the team is a bit of a hodgepodge as far as scoring threats go. Chris Pontius has six assists, but the rest of the team and the midfield especially, lack a consistent creative threat.
Meanwhile for Dallas, Maxi Urruti is bagging goals at a consistent rate, as well as Roland Lamah who likes to pop up with a couple goals every so often. Michael Barrios is currently tied for league assist leader, and Mauro Diaz will always be dangerous with those silky passes. Dallas difficulty finishing on numerous chances has haunted them at times this season, and for Philly the struggle to get the team involved in scoring will decide their game.
The Most Important Thing This Week
Dallas fans will feel that refereeing has gone against them in the last two matches. The terrible no-goal call in Montreal, followed by a game changing penalty against Vancouver which ultimately killed Dallas off last Saturday. This week marks the first week where VAR (Video Assistant Referee), or what is essentially replay, will be used by the referees in questionable situations. It has to be hoped that with this at his disposal, the refs for this match, led by Ricardo Salazar this weekend, will make the RIGHT calls and provide MLS with a well refereed match, something Dallas hasn’t seen in several weeks.