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Match Preview: FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake

The basics

FC Dallas (5-2-7, 22 points, T-third in the West) vs. Real Salt Lake (9-3-3, 30 points, second in the West), Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas

All-time series: FCD lead 10-5-1, and are 6-0-0 all-time at Pizza Hut Park

Match Preview

WATCH: FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake preview

TV info

7:30 p.m. CT

Fox Sports Southwest Plus, MLS Direct Kick

What's at stake?

Both clubs look to further climb the standings in the Western Conference. FC Dallas are riding a five-game unbeaten streak and are 3-1-3 at home this season, while Real Salt Lake arrive on a 10-game unbeaten streak dating back to April 24.

Last meeting

FC Dallas blanked RSL 3-0 at Pizza Hut Park on Sept. 26, 2009. Former RSL forward Jeff Cunningham – who won the Budweiser Golden Boot with RSL in 2006 – gave FCD an early lead with a goal five minutes in and scored again just before the final whistle. David Ferreira added the middle goal for the hosts.

Remember when?

RSL beat FCD 4-2 on July 24, 2009 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Thanks to goals by Cunningham and Dave van den Bergh, FCD led 2-0 after 21 minutes. But Yura Movsisyan scored the first of two goals ten minutes into the second half, and Robbie Findley drew things level seven minutes later. An FCD own-goal in the 88th minute put RSL ahead, and a second tally by Movsisyan in the final minute made this one academic.

Heroes & Villains

David Ferreira vs. Real Salt Lake defense: Ferreira has been the hero for his side in each of the last three weeks. In Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Seattle, the Colombian playmaker had a game-tying tally in the 87th minute that allowed FCD to leave town with a point. And the previous two weeks, Ferreira had converted game-winning penalty kicks in victories at Chivas USA and against Kansas City. But Real Salt Lake's defense has been rock solid since the last time they gave up a league goal – way back on May 29.

Jason Kreis vs. FC Dallas: Kreis played for the Dallas Burn from 1996 through 2004 and left town with a MLS all-time best 91 goals. He has coached against his former team seven times, and is 3-4-0.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm…”

During their current 10-game unbeaten streak, Real Salt Lake have outscored the opposition 21-4. RSL haven’t allowed multiple goals in 11 straight.

He said it

“It’s a big one for me – I’ll be honest. I have feelings about that club – I had been there so long. And every time I go back there’s a little bit extra on the line.” – Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis on returning on Dallas.