Both sides are struggling coming into this game, as each picked up a 1-1 draw over the weekend in the season restart after the June FIFA international break.
FC Dallas notes:
Key player for FC Dallas - Jesus Ferriera - whether he starts or comes off the bench in this one, we saw just how important he can be for the attack last weekend against Minnesota. Getting him more and move involved when he is on the pitch, the better.
All-time meetings with LAFC - The four meetings between LAFC and FC Dallas have been split, with both teams winning once and two draws. LAFC’s lone win over Dallas was a 2-0 results in May 2019 before drawing 1-1 in Dallas three days later.
Making the wrong kind of history - FC Dallas is off to its third-worst start in its MLS history and its worst since taking just four points to start the 2009 campaign (W1 D1 L6). Dallas is winless in five straight regular-season games for the first time since a six-game drought in April-May 2019 (D2 L4).
OUT: Matt Hedges (hip injury), Beni Redzic (ankle)
On Loan: none
International duty: Szabolcs Schon (Hungary)
Early season struggles - After opening the season with a 2-0 win over Austin FC, LAFC has won just one of its last seven games (D3 L3), failing to keep a clean sheet in any of those. LAFC has failed to win either of their last two home games (D1 L1) as they’ve only gone three in a row without a win at home twice before (D2 L1 in August-September 2019 and D2 L1 in July-August 2018).
Possession battle - Only Atlanta United (60.5%) and LAFC (56.5%) have had more possession than FC Dallas (56.1%) this season.
OUT: Kwadwo Opoku (left knee), Erik Duenas (right ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: Mark-Anthony Kaye (left glute)
International duty: Diego Palacios, Brian Rodriguez
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