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SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids | 3.23.19


MLS Regular Season, Week 4
March 23, 2019 - 4:30PM
Toyota Stadium
UniMas  |  |  1270AM

FRISCO - FC Dallas returns home looking to stay undefeated at Toyota Stadium in 2019 as they host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday afternoon. 


  • FCD record: 1-1-1 (4 pts., T-6th in West)
  • COL record: 0-1-2 (2 pts., 9th in West)
  • FCD vs. COL all-time: 32-23-17 (111 GF, 88 GA)
  • FCD vs. COL at home: 23-8-6 (65 GF, 39 GA)


  • FC Dallas comes into the weekend on the heels of its first loss on the year, 1-0 in Columbus last week. Dallas remains unbeaten at home with a draw to open the season and a win over the LA Galaxy two weekends ago. Colorado held a lead at home against Sporting KC on Sunday night until the 88th minute when Johnny Russel tied it for the visitors in a 1-1 draw. The Rapids have yet to find the win column in 2019 and dropped their only away match to date in Seattle two weeks ago, 2-0. 


  • Dallas will be without three starters from its first three weeks of action as Bryan Acosta (Honduras), Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador) and Jesse Gonzalez (U.S.) all represent their respective nations at the international level. The largest impact could come in the midfield for FCD, where an opportunity presents itself for Homegrowns Edwin Cerrillo and Brandon Servania, as well as potentially Jacori Hayes if he is able to return to action from a hamstring strain suffered in the season opener vs. New England. 


  • Saturday will be the first time former FCD Homegrown Kellyn Acosta returns to Toyota Stadium after being traded to the Rapids last summer. After 10 seasons with Dallas as an Academy player and a first-team star, the Plano-native is sure to receive a warm welcome in his first trip to Texas as a foe. In his first meeting against his boyhood club, Acosta assisted the game-winner for Colorado as FCD dropped a Decision Day result in the Rockies on the final day of the 2018 regular season. 


  • Since the start of the 2015 season, Dallas has been near the top of the league in accumulated points, while the Rapids have finished in the bottom three spots in three of the last four seasons. Despite the opposing success, the Rapids have been Dallas' Achilles' heel, with FCD posting a 1-3-6 regular season record. Dallas was able to take the lone Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup meeting in the Round of 16 en route to the 2016 tournament title. 


  • In his brief MLS career as a player, the majority of Luchi Gonzalez's time was spent with the Colorado Rapids - appearing in 22 matches during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The former forward scored two goals, one of which came against FC Dallas on June 25, 2005 - a game FCD won 3-1 in Denver.