Match Preview: FCD vs. Philadelphia

Confidence growing, FC Dallas host Philadelphia


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The basics

(6-2-9, 27 points, third in Western Conference) vs. Philadelphia
(4-9-3, 15 points, tied for sixth in Eastern Conference) at
Pizza Hut Park

All-time Series: Teams tied 1-1 in only other meeting on May 15 at
Lincoln Financial Field

TV info

5 p.m. CT, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Español

Game Intro

Both clubs hit the field just a few days after playing on Thursday.
Philadelphia hosted 2008 MLS Cup champions Columbus at PPL Park, falling
to the Crew 2-1. Columbus got a pair of goals from Steven Lenhart while the
Union’s lone tally came from all-star Sebastien Le Toux. FCD
come off a 2-2 tie on Thursday night with reigning UEFA Champions
League winners Inter Milan at Pizza Hut Park. George John and David Ferreira scored for
FCD in the draw as head coach Schellas Hyndman played all but two
members of his first 11 for at least 60 minutes.

FC Dallas

Currently riding an eight-game unbeaten streak and fresh off a
memorable result against Inter, FCD head into Sunday’s match feeling
very confident. Eric Avila performed well in
his first start of 2010 vs. Inter, assisting on John’s goal and doing
some good things on both sides of the ball.

Avila could also be in the starting 11 on Sunday, representing
another big opportunity for the Southern California native, especially
with several family members in town. Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman will be well rested for the
Union. He didn’t play against Inter as backup Dario Sala went the full 90.

Philadelphia Union

The Union are just 1-7-1 away from home in their inaugural season in
MLS. Their lone win on the road came in Houston on May 29, a 3-2 victory
at Robertson Stadium. Not counting that win, they have been outscored
17-5 in road games this year.

This will be their first trip to Pizza Hut Park and with game time
temperatures expected to be near the century mark, the Texas heat could
be a big factor for Peter Nowak’s side.

Heroes & Villains

Danny Mwanga vs. the FCD
back line:
During the first-ever meeting between these clubs back
on May 15, a stoppage-time goal by Mwanga forced FCD to settle for just a
point instead of the full three in a 1-1 draw. Look for Hyndman’s club
to be extra aware of where the Union rookie striker is at all times,
especially on set pieces.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm”

Since Mwanga’s goal, FCD haven’t allowed a goal past the 61st minute.
Since that match, Dallas have allowed a total of just six goals and
only two of those have come in the second half.