FC Dallas(7-4-2, 23 points) looks to extend their two-game winning streak this weekend as they head out on the start of a two-game road trip with their first match at New England since March 2013 against a Revolution team(2-3-7, 13 points) looking to build on their second win of the season last weekend over Chicago at Gillette Stadium.
After facing very familiar foes in Seattle and Portland last weekend, FC Dallas faces the Revolution for the only time this season, a team they've faced just once a year since 2011. FC Dallas has had plenty of success against New England in recent years having won the last four matches by a combined 7-0 score. It's been nearly five years since New England put a ball into the FC Dallas net.
KEY PLAYER FOR NEW ENGLAND
Lee Nguyen – The Revolution are led by a north Texas product, Lee Nguyen, who garnered national high school awards playing at Plano East before heading off to Europe and playing in the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven. Since joining New England in 2012, he's become one of the best attackers in the league with 25 goals and 15 assists combined over the last two years. In 2016, he's started strong with two goals and three assists including a spectacular strike last week against Chicago.
Tesho Akindele vs. Andrew Farrell – A former #1 overall draft pick, Farrell has been ever-present at the back for New England starting 32 games in each of the last three seasons. A strong, imposing defender, Farrell will have his hands full with Akindele's smart runs off the ball and skill in tight areas.
Walker Zimmerman vs. Kei Kamara – New England added the impressive striker to an already-potent offense through a blockbuster trade last week with Columbus. Kamara is one of the league's top goalscorers, but he was kept off the board by the Dallas defense in a 2-2 draw with Columbus in April.
PROJECTED LINEUP (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: Bobby Shuttleworth; Defenders: Chris Tierney, Andrew Farrell, Je-Vaughn Watson, London Woodberry; Midfielders: Gershon Koffie, Scott Caldwell, Lee Nguyen; Forwards: Juan Agudelo, Kei Kamara, Diego Fagundez
KEYS TO THREE POINTS
As always on the road, the first goal will be key for an FC Dallas team that plays much better with a lead. The Revolution have scored goals with the best in MLS, but also have allowed the most in the Eastern Conference so Dallas will want to come out of the locker room and take it to this Revolution team as they look to snap a three-game road losing streak.