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Scouting Philadelphia Union: It can’t be as bad as last week

Will FC Dallas make history again this week?

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Do you believe in superstition? If so, I may have jinxed FC Dallas last week by saying that they have never lost to the Vancouver Whitecaps in Frisco. This week I am doubling down. FC Dallas has never lost to the Philadelphia Union. Mark it. If Dallas lose again this week, it’s all my fault.

That being said the Union don’t look great. They lost 3-0 to the Revolution, obviously Dallas had an aberration of a game last week, but I don’t think that the Union losing to the Revs 3-0 can be called an aberration. The Union didn’t threaten and until they get their number 10 situation sorted out, they aren’t going to be troubling anyone.

Expected XI

Key to the game

The Union are a dangerous team on set pieces with 6’5” Jack Elliot and 6’4” Oguchi Onyewu, if Dallas lose focus this week and give up an early goal, things could get ugly.

When you get to this point in the season every game means a lot, but this game is especially important with morale being down after last week’s loss. One loss to break a three game win streak isn’t a slide, but it easily could be the start of one if Dallas lose focus this week and give up a cheap set piece goal.

Key Match-up

Roland Lamah vs. Raymon Gaddis

Lamah is due in for another spurt of goals. Gaddis is an average left back and shouldn’t be dominated by Lamah, but Rolly’s ability to drift inside and find space in the box is where he’s going to get the best of Gaddis.

Last week Gaddis got embarrassed on the back post by Juan Agudelo in the air and that’s exactly the sort of thing I can see Lamah doing to Gaddis this week.