Match Preview: FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy

Dallas face tough test against Los Angeles


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The basics

Angeles Galaxy
(7-0-2; 23 points; 1st place Western Conference) vs. FC Dallas
(2-1-5; 11 points; 7th place Western Conference)

All-time: Los Angeles is 23-18-9 vs. FCD, including a 1-5-1 record at
Pizza Hut Park

TV info

Direct Kick, Fox Sports Southwest Plus

What's at stake?

LA remain the lone unbeaten side in Major League Soccer. On Saturday,
they played Toronto FC to a 0-0 draw. FCD also drew with Philadelphia
1-1 at Lincoln Financial Field for their fifth tie in eight games.
Dallas would like to be the first team to defeat the Galaxy in 2010.
Since the opening of Pizza Hut Park in August 2005, FCD have lost only
once to LA.

Last meeting:

On Sept. 12, 2009, FCD scored six goals to the Galaxy's three. Jeff Cunningham had a
pair of tallies for FCD, who led 2-0 by the 25th minute. That was just
the second time ever that Dallas had beaten LA in 12 trips to the Home
Depot Center.

Remember when...

On May 18, 2008 LA handed FCD a 5-1 defeat at Pizza Hut Park. The
Galaxy’s Edson Buddle had a hat
trick and the visitors led 3-0 at the break. That game proved to be
Steve Morrow’s last as FCD’s head coach. He was relieved of his duties
the following day, setting the stage for the hiring of Schellas Hyndman
in one month’s time.

Heroes & Villains

Jeff Cunningham and Dax McCarty vs. Galaxy Defense: In 27
career games against the Galaxy, Cunningham has 13 goals and five
assists. The veteran forward has scored more goals against only two
teams in his 13-year MLS career. Teammate McCarty has also done well
against LA in a much smaller sample size. The fifth-year FCD midfielder
has two goals and two assists in four career games against the Galaxy.
Together, Cunningham and McCarty will try to undo a solid LA defense
that has only allowed two goals.

Dallas' offense vs. goal production: Against
Philadelphia on Saturday, Dallas had the chance to put the game away
with a few clear chances. Instead, the Union were able to grab a late
goal and FCD had to settle for the draw. Dallas have scored just one
goal in their last four matches and have yet to break the two-goal
barrier in nine games this season, including a U.S. Open Cup match
against D.C.
on April 28.

LA vs. World Cup call-ups: The Galaxy will have to
fare without two of their top figures, Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan. The star
duo, who lead the league with nine goals and nine assists respectively,
were called to join the U.S. National Team's training camp that began on
Monday, leaving LA without their two key offensive figures.

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