Match Preview: FCD vs. NE Revs

Dallas look to continue superb home form vs. Revs


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The basics

FC Dallas
(10-2-12, 42 points, third place in Western Conference) vs. New England
(7-14-3, 24 points, seventh place in Eastern Conference) at Pizza Hut
Park in Frisco, Texas.

All-time Series: New England lead 22-10-2. Teams played to a 1-1 draw on
May 1 at Gillette Stadium; New England have a 3-1-0 record against FCD
at Pizza Hut Park.

TV info

7:30 p.m. CT, FSSW Plus; MLS Direct Kick, MatchDay Live.

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Game Intro

Wednesday’s match features two sides on opposite ends of the MLS playoff
picture. New England are currently the No. 7 team in the Eastern
Conference and are a long shot to make the postseason. FC Dallas, on the
other hand, have 42 points and are on the verge of punching their
ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Dallas currently sport a 15-game unbeaten streak and have lost only
once all year at Pizza Hut Park. FCD lost two starters in a 2-2 tie with
New York last Thursday, so they enter this match somewhat depleted in
terms of personnel.

FC Dallas

On Thursday, FCD played the final 61 minutes a man down but still came
away with a point after a 2-2 draw with the Red Bulls. But it was a
costly point — Brek Shea was sent off and
will be unavailable to play the Revs,
and FCD lost starters Kevin Hartman and team captain Daniel Hernandez
through injury.

Second-year center back George John is also questionable with a pulled
hamstring. Veteran Dario Sala stepped in nicely
for Hartman in goal and there are several candidates to fill in for
Hernandez at holding midfield with rookies Eric Alexander and
Jackson Gonçalves
being the top candidates.

However, FCD will miss their captain’s leadership. Expect David Ferreira to wear
the armband in his place.

England Revolution

New England visit FC Dallas after losing 3-0 to Colorado at Dick’s
Sporting Goods Park last Saturday. The Revs have scored just 24 goals
all year, tying them with expansion Philadelphia for third-fewest in the

Steve Nicol’s team has also allowed 41 goals, the most in the league.
The Revs have had 12 games where they have surrendered multiple goals,
and they have allowed three or more in six of those matches.

New England have only one road win in 2010, a 1-0 loss at DC United on
April 3. Since then, they are just 0-9-1 on the road.

Heroes and Villains

Darío Sala vs. New England's forwards: The last time these
teams met, it was a gaffe by Sala that led to the Revs’ only goal and
caused FCD to leave town with a single point instead of the full three.
In his side’s next game, Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman went with
Hartman, who has started every game since.

With Hartman now on the shelf with an MCL injury, Sala wants to make
the most of his second shot at New England, so expect him to be at the
top of his game come Wednesday night.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm …”

19 — Number of games FC Dallas had gone without allowing multiple goals
before NewYork netted two in last Thursday night’s draw. Expect the FCD
defense to be especially tough this week and ready to re-establish
themselves as one of the top units in MLS.

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