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Match Preview: FC Dallas vs. NY Red Bulls

The basics

FC Dallas (10-2-11, 41 points, third place Western Conference) vs. New York Red Bulls (12-8-4, 40 points, second place Eastern Conference) at Pizza Hut Park, in Frisco, Texas.

All-time series: New York lead 17-16-2; Red Bulls won 2-1 at Red Bull Arena on April 17; FCD have a 3-1-1 record against New York at Pizza Hut Park

TV info

8 p.m CT, Fox Sports Southwest, MLS Direct Kick, Matchday Live

Game intro

Two teams near the top of the table in their respective conferences square off on Thursday night in Frisco. New York come into this one at 40 points and in second place in the Eastern Conference, just four points off the pace behind current East-leading Columbus. FC Dallas have 41 points and sits third in the West, just three points behind second-place Real Salt Lake and six behind West leaders Los Angeles.

FCD are currently riding a 14-game unbeaten streak and have won six straight at home, dating back to their only home loss of the year on May 20 to the Galaxy.

FC Dallas

FCD are coming off a scoreless draw at San Jose over the weekend, a result that increased their league-record road unbeaten streak to 11 games. It’s a game Dallas admit they gave away, so payback might be on the club’s mind. FCD should be near full strength with second-year center back George John likely returning after missing the last game with a hamstring strain. Linking mid Dax McCarty also figures to see his first action in seven games, but likely comes off the bench in this one.

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New York Red Bulls

The Red Bulls are riding high after an impressive 3-1 win over Colorado last weekend at Red Bull Arena, thanks to goals from Thierry Henry, Tim Ream and Dane Richards. Mexican star Rafa Márquez is expected to play after sustaining an ankle injury against the Rapids.

Heroes and Villains

Jeff Cunningham vs. the Red Bulls defense: In 33 career games against New York, the veteran FCD striker has 13 goals and seven assists. Cunningham has started each of the last two games up top, and scored the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Sept. 4. With that tally, he is now just three behind Jaime Moreno for most career goals in MLS history.

The Red Bulls' back line couldn't quite lock down red-hot Rapids forward Omar Cummings last weekend, but they've played well overall since midseason. If Ream and his crew can put the clamps on Cunningham, New York could steal some points on the road.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm...”

FC Dallas have shut out five of their last six opponents at home. The lone team to score on them since their only home loss of the year to LA back on May 20 was the expansion Philadelphia Union, who lost 3-1 on Aug. 8.

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