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Squad Selection: Will the extra ‘rest’ help FC Dallas against Columbus?

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After not having a Wednesday game, FC Dallas now faces the league leaders.

MLS: Orlando City SC at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas got to have what has felt like an actual break this week with the lack of a midweek game. Now that they’re a bit more rested up, we look towards the weekend as they host the Columbus Crew SC.

Luchi Gonzalez was able to rotate his lineups last week in Atlanta and then again on Sunday against Orlando City. Both games saw the offense dry up a bit as they struggled to get anything going on goal. Seriously, neither game had enough offensive chances to really discuss, so let’s hope this week has been focused on that in training.

Defensively though, things were pretty solid outside of one unfortunate penalty kick goal in Atlanta. Matt Hedges and Reto Ziegler both had solid outings last week and throw in the growth of Bryan Reynolds and John Nelson on the wings, we’re looking at a solid group in the back.

Columbus coming into town will present some challenges, though the Crew have not been great away from home (7-0-0 at home compared to their 2-2-3 record away). Gonzalez will hope to get the attack back to a place that we saw a couple of weeks ago when Franco Jara was scoring goals left and right, and guys like Michael Barrios and Andres Ricaurte were helping to provide some sparks.

But how should the lineup be on Saturday? Does someone like Fafa Picault weigh in more into the attack with Santiago Mosquera likely out? Do we see Jesus Ferreira get a shot up top again like we did in Atlanta? What will the midfield look like behind them? Does Tanner Tessmann continue to start? Let’s discuss those possibilities below.

Here is what we know in terms of availability for Saturday’s game (some of the loaned players could end up not being on loan, some of those are fluid each week):

SUSPENDED: none

OUT: Paxton Pomykal (hip), Kyle Zobeck (undisclosed), Santiago Mosquera (undisclosed)

QUESTIONABLE: none

LOAN: Francis Atuahene (San Diego Loyal), Pablo Aranguiz (La U), Callum Montgomery (San Antonio FC), Ema Twumasi (Austin Bold)

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