10.20.20 Set the Stage DL


MLS Regular Season
October 20 - 7:30PM
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, TN
FOX Sports 1 | FCDallas.com/Radio | 1270AM

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Nashville SC | 10.20.20 -


  • FCD record: 6-4-6 (24 pts., 5th in West)
  • NSH record: 5-6-6 (21 pts., 8th in East)
  • FCD vs. NSH all-time: 0-1-1 (0 GF, 1 GA)
  • FCD vs. NSH away: 0-0-0 (0 GF, 0 GA)


  • FC Dallas bounced back from a four-game winless streak with a crucial 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City at Toyota Stadium Wednesday night. The three points bumped the team up one place into fifth in the Western Conference, with the fourth-best points per game ratio at 1.5. On the other side, Nashville has hit a good run of form and has just one loss in its last six matches. The expansion side defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-1 away at BBVA Stadium last time out to move into eighth place in the East. 


  • Homegrown midfielder Tanner Tessmann is enjoying a strong debut season after signing his first pro contract on the eve of FCD's 2020 season opener (which he started). The rookie has made his presence known in midfield, starting in five of Dallas' six wins so far this year. A versatile player, Tessmann typically plays as the box-to-box #8 in Luchi's three-man midfield but cameoed as the defensive anchor in place of Thiago Santos against SKC. Whether he stays in defensive midfield or moves further forward into his traditional midfield spot, expect Tessmann to play an important role on Tuesday in Nashville. 


  • Defender Ryan Hollingshead has returned to his 2019 goal-scoring form. The left back finished as the highest scoring defender in MLS last season, but didn't find the back of the night in Dallas' first 10 games of this campaign. Since then however, Hollingshead has scored two in his last six outings and is providing that crucial scoring threat from the left flank once again. Attacking fullbacks are an important component to Luchi's system, so Hollingshead's return to the scoresheet bodes well for Dallas' chances against Nashville this time around. 


  • FC Dallas might be entering Tuesday's matchup with Nashville with a chip on their shoulder. The two teams faced off in back-to-back games at Toyota Stadium in their first taste of action since the COVID-19 season postponement. Nashville got the better of FCD in the first game after substitute David Accam scored a late winner to hand the expansion side its first-ever MLS win. The rematch ended in a scoreless stalemate meaning Dallas took just one point over the two games. While there were mitigating circumstances, it's certainly not the overall result FCD would have wanted and they could well be wanting a bit of revenge as they take on Nashville for a third time.