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Match Preview: FC Dallas vs. KC Wizards


The basics

Kansas City Wizards vs. FC Dallas. Kansas City Wizards are 3-6-3 with 12 points; FC Dallas 4-2-6, 18 points

All-time, Kansas City is 18-16-8 vs. FCD; including a 1-2-2 mark at Pizza Hut Park

TV info

7:30 p.m. CT

WFAA Ch. 8 (ABC), Direct Kick, MatchDay Live

What's at stake?

Kansas City head into Frisco seeking their first road win of the season. So far in 2010, the Wizards are just 0-4-1 away from home and have been outscored 10-2 on the road. FCD, on the other hand, is currently riding a two-match winning streak and looking for additional success on their home ground, where they are 2-1-3 this year.

Last meeting

On September 19, 2009 at Community America Ballpark, Kansas City prevailed 3-2 for their first win over FCD since 2007. Santiago Hirsig gave the Wizards an early lead with a goal just nine minutes in. FCD then had a pair of unanswered tallies from Dax McCarty and Jeff Cunningham to lead 2-1 after 54 minutes. However, KC wasn’t done as Josh Wolff and Jimmy Conrad scored three minutes apart with less than 15 minutes remaining to secure the 3-2 victory.

Remember when?

These two clubs met for the last time in Frisco on August 1, 2009, with FCD winning 6-0. Cunningham had a career-high four goals in that one while teammate David Ferreira scored the other two. Current FCD starting goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was between the posts for the Wizards in that game, which proved to be Curt Onalfo’s last as the club’s head coach.

Heroes & Villains

KC's veterans vs. FCD's defense — Conrad and Wolff have both had their fair share of success at FCD’s expense over the last few years. Both players have two goals against the Texas side, including each one scoring in the final stages of the Wizards’ 3-2 win last fall.

FCD's David Ferreira and Jeff Cunningham vs. KC's defense — In just two games against the Wizards, Ferreira has two goals and two assists against them. The Colombian playmaker is clearly the linchpin of the FCD offense as he has two goals and four assists so far this year. Cunningham has literally feasted on Kansas City throughout his storied MLS career. He has 14 goals and three assists against the Wizards. If he doesn’t start on Saturday, then he could very well come off the bench, giving FCD a nice weapon should things be tight in the second half.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm …"

After scoring multiple goals just twice in their first 10 games of the season, FCD has now scored at least twice in each of their last two games. Schellas Hyndman’s club has also won both of their last two, a good sign for a team that was struggling to score goals earlier in the year.

He said it

“I think Kansas City is a team that has really been unfortunate. I think they’re a better team than they were last year. I think it’s going to be a huge game for them. It’s going to be a character test for them-we’re on the road, we haven’t won in a while, now let’s get out there and win.” — FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman