FC Dallas looks to end a two-game losing streak on Thursday night as they take on the league’s top club in LAFC. This will be the first of two games against LAFC in a span of four days as the clubs will have a return match in Frisco on Sunday evening.
LAFC extended their lead atop the Supporters’ Shied standings with a 3-0 victory over Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium last weekend. While FC Dallas stumbled at home, losing 3-1 to the New York Red Bulls.
FC Dallas notes:
Last time against LAFC. The two sides met twice a year ago with the first meeting ending in a 1-1 draw out in California. The return match saw FC Dallas win 2-1.
Key player for FC Dallas - Jesse Gonzalez - You know your team is going defensive when you list your keeper as the man to watch out for. I see this game in a similar fashion to the win in Atlanta a few weeks back where Gonzalez came up huge several times in the win over the defending MLS Cup champions. FCD will need a monster game out of him to contain the league’s leading scorer in Carlos Vela.
OUT: Santiago Mosquera (knee), Paxton Pomykal (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: Cristian Colman (left ACL tear); Francis Atuahene (left ruptured pectoral muscle); Carlos Gruezo (lower body strain), Dominque Badji (hip flexor), Bryan Acosta (ankle)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Edwin Cerrillo and Brandon Servania (US U-20s)
On Loan: Dante Sealy (North Texas SC), Moises Hernandez (San Antonio FC)
QUESTIONABLE: Javier Perez (M) - groin strain, Alejandro Guido (M) - right quad strain
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Michael Kampmeinert
4th Official: Alex Chilowicz
VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr
How to watch
Kickoff: 9:00 PM
Venue: Banc of California Stadium
Available Streaming: WatchESPN
Weather: Sunny, 62 degrees
Highlights will be posted as they happen.
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