Set the Stage ATL 4.20

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas at Atlanta United FC


MLS Regular Season, Week 8
April 20 - 3PM
Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, GA
ESPN  |  |  1270AM

FRISCO - FC Dallas completes a stretch with three of four on the road as they head to face Atlanta United FC this weekend on Saturday afternoon. 


  • FCD record: 4-2-1 (13 pts., T-4th in West)
  • ATL record: 1-2-2 (5 pts., T-9th in East)
  • FCD vs. ATL all-time: 1-0-1 (3 GF, 5 GA)
  • FCD vs. ATL road: 0-0-1 (0 GF, 3 GA)


  • Dallas comes into the weekend off its third straight win at home, looking to bounce back from its second road defeat two weeks ago in Philadelphia. Atlanta is fresh off its first win of the year last week, 2-0 against the New England Revolution, after a rough start to their title defense with two draws and two losses. 


  • In their third year in MLS, it is just the third meeting between Atlanta and FC Dallas. FCD's lone trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium was one to forget, a 3-0 loss in the opening match of the new building in 2017. The shoe was on the other foot last year as Dallas fought from behind for a 3-2 win on the Fourth of July, courtesy of a Tesho Akindele second-half brace. 


  • Through seven games in 2019, defender Reto Ziegler leads Dallas' scoring with three tallies to his name, including in back-to-back games. With two PKs and a free kick strike in Philadelphia, the center back has been efficient from dead balls in the opening seven weeks. Michael Barrios, Jesus Ferreira and Paxton Pomykal sit behind him with two goals apiece. 


  • Although retaining a large core of their 2018 MLS Cup championship roster, under new head coach Frank de Boer the five stripes saw a quick exit from Concacaf Champions League, a tournament they were favored in from the MLS ranks, and have struggled to not only find points, but score goals in league play. After leading the league with 70 goals a year ago, Atlanta is last in MLS with just four goals in 2019, doubling their total in last week's win. 


  • Ezequiel Barco took sole possession of Atlanta’s scoring lead last week with a brace against New England, bringing his total to three on the young season. The 19-year-old was an MLS All-Star in 2018 and remains the largest incoming transfer in league history at a reported $15 million.