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Match Preview: FCD vs. NE Revs

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The basics

FC Dallas (0-1-3) vs. New England (2-3-0).

New England lead the all-time series 22-10-1 and hold an 11-5-0 edge at Gillette Stadium.

What's at stake?

FC Dallas wants to nab their first win of the season after collecting just three points from their first four games. The Revolution hope to snap a two-match losing streak in their first match since Shalrie Joseph took an indefinite leave of absence from the club.

Last meeting

FC Dallas won 1-0 as part of a doubleheader at the Cotton Bowl on Sept. 29, 2009. Jeff Cunningham decided the tepid affair by tallying his 16th goal of the campaign after 71 minutes to give FCD their first victory over New England since May 20, 2006.

Remember when …

In his first match back since returning from the 2006 World Cup, Clint Dempsey assisted Taylor Twellman for the winning strike as New England edged Dallas 1-0 at Foxborough. The win snapped a a seven-game winless streak, which had started three weeks before the summer tourney kicked off.

Heroes & Villains

FC Dallas central midfielders David Ferreira and Dax McCarty vs. New England central midfielders Joseph Niouky and Pat Phelan — Ferreira and McCarty spearhead FCD's possession game in the middle of the park and create matchup problems for opposing teams by floating into difficult spaces and keeping the ball moving in the attacking third. Niouky and Phelan struggled to nullify Colorado's five-man midfield last weekend, but Phelan said the Revs adjusted their schemes to improve their positioning ahead of this meeting with FCD's quintet.

FC Dallas right winger Atiba Harris vs. New England left winger Marko Perovic — If New England want to attack effectively, they must find Perovic's feet early and often. Harris may prefer to go forward, but he also deploys the type of physical approach to make life difficult for the Serbian midfielder as the Revs try to push forward.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm …”

New England have won six straight matches against FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium. FCD haven't picked up three points in Foxborough since July 16, 2003.

He said it

“That's probably the frustration. Every team we've played, we've out-possessed and out-shot and we've come away with three ties and one loss. The loss was probably our [most dominating game], but still the ball doesn't bounce right and you play against a goalkeeper that's having a superb night and you make some scratch your head decisions. We're hoping that it's just the voodoo of April and May turns things around a little bit.” — FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman on his team's inability to translate its performances into victories.

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