FC DALLAS vs. LOS ANGELES FC
2021 MLS Regular Season
October 20 - 7PM
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
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- FCD record: 6-13-10 (28 pts., 12th in West)
- LAFC record: 10-12-7 (37 pts., 9th in West)
- FCD vs. LAFC all-time: 1-1-2 (4 GF, 7 GA)
- FCD vs. LAFC home: 1-0-1 (3 GF, 2 GA)
- FC Dallas returns to play Los Angeles FC after 18 days without a game due to the international break. It was the club's longest layoff of the season and could prove to be a much needed rest with four games over the next 10 days. First up is LAFC who's coming off a 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes this past Saturday.
Defender Ryan Hollingshead: “I think (the break) came at a good time, especially with a coaching change and trying to implement a lot of new things into the squad. Having some extra weeks to work on that and put it into practice is huge. The team responded well and I think we put in a lot of good work.”
- Forward Ricardo Pepi and midfielders Bryan Acosta and Szabolcs Schön were away from the squad for two weeks while playing for their respective international teams in World Cup qualifying. Pepi had two starts and two goals for the U.S. while Schön had a sub appearance and a start for Hungary and Acosta totaled 71 minutes for Honduras. Without the extra rest and all the traveling involved, all three players will need to work their way back into the squad for Wednesday’s match.
Defender Ryan Hollingshead: “It’s fun watching those guys succeed at a different level and representing their countries well. We’ve got a lot of guys here who aspire to do that, so we support those guys. This has always been a club that supports, we don’t hold those guys back from going to travel and things like that. We know that if they play well there, they’re going to bring that back here."
- Wednesday’s game will be only the third time FCD and LAFC face off at Toyota Stadium (Dallas has one win and a draw so far). In terms of playoff implication, a loss would see FCD be eliminated from postseason contention. LAFC is currently in four points and two places below the playoff line, meaning Wednesday’s result is crucial to coach Bob Bradley’s ambitions. Former MLS MVP Carlos Vela missed out on LAFC’s win over San Jose over the weekend but could be back for the clash at Toyota Stadium.
Head coach Marco Ferruzzi: “They’re extremely aggressive with the ball and without the ball, their first instinct is to counter press and get the ball back as quickly as possible and attack you again. So transitions are going to be huge in this game. It’s something we do well, we’re aware of areas of the field and things they like to do.”