FC DALLAS vs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
2021 MLS Regular Season
September 11 - 7:30PM
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, TX
TXA 21 (English) | KMPX-29 (Spanish) | FCDallas.com/Radio | 1270AM
- FCD record: 6-10-7 (25 points - 11th in West)
- SJ record: 6-8-8 (26 points - 10th in West)
- FCD vs. SJ all-time: 20-29-17 (78 GF, 103 GA)
- FCD vs. SJ home: 12-12-8 (39 GF, 44 GA)
- Saturday’s match has huge playoff implications for FC Dallas. With 11 games remaining in the regular season, Dallas is five points and four places below the playoff line and Saturday’s opponent San Jose is one point and one place above. Earning all three points against the fellow Western Conference chasers will be crucial to FCD’s playoff charge.
Head coach Luchi Gonzalez: "It's a final. That's kind of been the theme and I think we've acted on it in recent games and then we haven't. We're tryin to find that consistency. We've had some really high moments in games, and then in that same game, we have some low moments where we lose our focus. So that's something that we talked about and we're very aware that we need a 90+ minute game where all 11 players are focused and engaged."
- San Jose is historically a difficult opponent for Dallas when playing in Texas. The ‘Quakes hold the best away record against FC Dallas/Dallas Burn since MLS’s inception in 1996 with a 12-12-8 all-time record. Dallas will need to buck that trend and earn a win to keep its playoffs hopes alive.
Defender Ryan Hollingshead: “They’re a difficult team, they’re a scrappy team. And sometimes on the road that’s what you need, just scrappiness, tons of effort, lots of movement. And they bring that. It’s going to be a big game for us but we know what to expect, we’ve watched video and know how they’re playing and what their style is so we’ll be ready for it.”
- After missing the first chunk of the season through injury, Homegrown forward Jesús Ferreira has been instrumental to Dallas’ attack. The U.S. international has five goal and five assists in 16 games this year, including three goals and an assist in his last two. Playing right behind FCD’s main striker, Ferreira has shown his ability to create and finish chances himself.
Defender Ema Twumasi: “He’s Jesús, that’s what he does. He scores goal, he can create something out of nothing. We are lucky to have him. He’s a very smart player, he does a lot of reading of the game, he’s intelligent and plays with his brain. When you have a guy like that on your team, he sees a lot things others don’t see and it opens space for the whole team.”