FRISCO, Texas - Third-place FC Dallas hosts the Western Conference's top team Los Angeles FC this Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:30PM at Toyota Stadium.
Here's everything you need to know before the game.
How to Watch
TV (English): Owen Newkirk and Steve Davis will be on the call for Saturday's match on TXA 21 and the FCDTV Network. Coverage begins at 7PM CT. Fans local to the DFW market can stream online at fcdallas.com/stream while fans outside DFW may catch the game on ESPN+.
TV (Spanish): The match will also be shown in Spanish on Estrella TV (KMPX-29).
English: If you can't watch the match, you can listen to all the action on iHeartMedia 1190AM and the iHeartMedia app hosted by Sam Hale beginning at 7PM.
Spanish: Carlos Alvarado and Rafa Calderon will call the game in Spanish on 1270AM, starting at 7:30PM CT.
- FCD record: 12-8-10 (46 points - 3rd in West)
- LAFC record: 19-7-3 (60 points - 1st in West)
- FCD vs. LAFC all-time: 1-3-2 (6 goal scored, 10 goals conceded)
- FCD vs. LAFC all-time home: 1-1-1 (5 goal scored, 5 goals conceded)
FC Dallas has a chance to build momentum after registering its biggest away win in five years with a 3-0 victory over Minnesota United FC last Saturday. With 10 points out of a possible 15 from its last five games, Dallas has moved up to third place with four games remaining. But the work is far from done. Nashville, Minnesota and Salt Lake are all within four points (and the latter two have a game in hand) so Nico Esévez and co. will need to build off their last win with a matchup against the Western Conference leaders LAFC.
Sebastian Lletget has been a welcome addition to FCD's midfield since joining the club from New England Revolution on August 3. The American international has played six games and delivered five assists, tied for the most in MLS since his midseason trade. Lletget's presence has also had a positive effect on winger Alan Velasco who's upped his production to three goals (two of which were assisted by Lletget) and one assist since Lletget arrived and slotted in beneath Velasco on the left side of FCD's midfield. Lletget and Velasco's connection will be key once again this Saturday.
Dallas has one of its toughest tests of the season with Western Conference leaders LAFC coming to town. Steve Cherundolo's team has the best defense in the conference (one fewer goal conceded than FCD's 33) AND the second best attack, featuring the likes of Carlos Vela, Gareth Bale and Chicho Arango. Among LAFC's stars is the familiar face of Ryan Hollingshead, the legendary utility man who spent eight seasons in Dallas before joining LAFC with left back Marco Farfan moving the other direction. Saturday's match will be Hollingshead's first return to Toyota Stadium since the offseason trade and he should expect a warm welcome from the FC Dallas faithful. After all, Hollingshead added to his FCD legacy just last week by scoring the opening goal in LAFC's 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake, a team that's hot on Dallas' heels in the playoff race.
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