It is win or go home for FC Dallas in the CONCACAF Champions League tomorrow night as they host Tauro FC from Panama in the second leg of the Round of 16. Tauro got the early lead in the series last week in a 1-0 win at home.
Either winner from this series will have a tall task ahead of them if they advance as they’ll likely get Club America in the next round.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. Right now it is all about Kellyn Acosta’s sports hernia injury and the length of time he’ll be out. We got word this week that it would be at least six weeks before his return. Francis Atuahene is also still sidelined as he recovers from a broken ulna. Anton Nedyalkov also left the first leg early with an Achilles’ issue.
Previous meeting. Tauro took the early advantage last week off a corner kick in the early portion of the second half. Oscar Pareja’s side had the chances on goal but couldn’t convert anything.
Will we see more of that new look? We saw plenty of the 3-5-2 in preseason play but will we get a deeper look at it in this game on Wednesday? Last week Pareja came out with his tried and true 4-2-3-1 but it didn’t have the impact that he was hoping as he switched into a 3-5-2 in the second half, and briefly he used a 3-4-3. We got word yesterday in training that he used that 3-4-3 a bit more.
Subs have to make an impact.
Key player for FCD: Santiago Mosquera. The new Dallas DP needs to have a bigger impact on the game this week. Last week he had his chances on goal but couldn’t convert. Fans are hoping to see more out of him this week for the first time in person too.
Biggest Question: Has the offense gone stale already?
We have seen some goals this preseason and in scrimmages over the weekend but I get the feeling that this offensive group still has a lot of work to do in front of them. The formation switches may be playing a factor in this as well as Pareja looks to spice things up on the wings. No matter what, the offense has to find it’s mojo in this series or else it could be a rocky start to this season.
Key player for TFC: Edwin Aguilar: The Panamanian attacker was easily one of the most dangerous players on the field for Tauro last week. His work rate was rewarded with the game’s lone goal too.
How to watch
Match date/time: Wednesday, 2/28 7 pm
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
TV: Galavision (tape delay)
Weather Forecast: Cloudy, 62 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.