Match Preview: FC Dallas at Colorado
All-Time Record: Dallas lead the all-time series 24-17-8
3 p.m. CT; Fox Sports Southwest, MLS Direct Kick, Matchday Live
This is a crucial game for both Western Conference teams. They both
seem to be at make-or-break points of their season. Can Colorado finally
push into the conversation of a true playoff contender? Can Dallas take
advantage of their fine form to actually challenge Real
Salt Lake and even the LA Galaxy for the Western crown?
The Rapids have faltered in recent weeks, having not won since before
the World Cup break, a stretch of six games. Starting a week ago, head
coach Gary Smith was eyeing a three-match stretch against in-conference
opponents games as a key part of the season.
“Three good games, three extremely competitive games and three really
good opportunities to put a marker down,” Smith said of the three games
against Seattle, Dallas and San Jose.
The period didn’t start well, though, with a 2-1 defeat in Seattle
last weekend, despite the Rapids’ playing well. Omar Cummings scored the lone Rapids goal,
his fifth of the season, good for second on the team behind Conor Casey.
Dallas are one of, if not the, in-form team in MLS at the moment. They
are unbeaten in seven straight, including an impressive 2-0 victory
over defending champions Real Salt Lake.
The man in form is Colombian attacking midfielder David Ferreira, fresh off
his MLS All-Star appearance on Wednesday against Manchester United. He
has four goals and five assists on the season.
The latest acquisition, striker Milton Rodriguez, has proven a
handful. His size and power have added another weapon to the FCD
attack, and he notched his first goal for the club last week in a draw
Energetic midfielder Dax McCarty, who has been hampered with a right
thigh injury for the past few weeks, is expected to travel to Colorado.
Heroes & Villains
David Ferreira vs. Pablo Mastroeni and Jeff Larentowicz. The
Rapids defensive midfield duo will have their work cut out trying to
stop Dallas’ key creator. The Dallas player is coming off an impressive
substitute performance in the MLS All Star Game and should keep fellow
MLS All-Star Larentowicz as well as veteran Mastroeni extremely busy.
Stat that makes you go “Hm..."
Despite Colorado’s recent poor run, they have still only lost once at
DSG Park this season, a 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy back in May.