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Match Preview: FCD vs. NE Revs

The basics

FC Dallas (10-2-12, 42 points, third place in Western Conference) vs. New England (7-14-3, 24 points, seventh place in Eastern Conference) at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

All-time Series: New England lead 22-10-2. Teams played to a 1-1 draw on May 1 at Gillette Stadium; New England have a 3-1-0 record against FCD at Pizza Hut Park.

TV info

7:30 p.m. CT, FSSW Plus; MLS Direct Kick, MatchDay Live.

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Game Intro

Wednesday’s match features two sides on opposite ends of the MLS playoff picture. New England are currently the No. 7 team in the Eastern Conference and are a long shot to make the postseason. FC Dallas, on the other hand, have 42 points and are on the verge of punching their ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Dallas currently sport a 15-game unbeaten streak and have lost only once all year at Pizza Hut Park. FCD lost two starters in a 2-2 tie with New York last Thursday, so they enter this match somewhat depleted in terms of personnel.

FC Dallas

On Thursday, FCD played the final 61 minutes a man down but still came away with a point after a 2-2 draw with the Red Bulls. But it was a costly point — Brek Shea was sent off and will be unavailable to play the Revs, and FCD lost starters Kevin Hartman and team captain Daniel Hernandez through injury.

Second-year center back George John is also questionable with a pulled hamstring. Veteran Dario Sala stepped in nicely for Hartman in goal and there are several candidates to fill in for Hernandez at holding midfield with rookies Eric Alexander and Jackson Gonçalves being the top candidates.

However, FCD will miss their captain’s leadership. Expect David Ferreira to wear the armband in his place.

New England Revolution

New England visit FC Dallas after losing 3-0 to Colorado at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park last Saturday. The Revs have scored just 24 goals all year, tying them with expansion Philadelphia for third-fewest in the league.

Steve Nicol’s team has also allowed 41 goals, the most in the league. The Revs have had 12 games where they have surrendered multiple goals, and they have allowed three or more in six of those matches.

New England have only one road win in 2010, a 1-0 loss at DC United on April 3. Since then, they are just 0-9-1 on the road.

Heroes and Villains

Darío Sala vs. New England's forwards: The last time these teams met, it was a gaffe by Sala that led to the Revs’ only goal and caused FCD to leave town with a single point instead of the full three. In his side’s next game, Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman went with Hartman, who has started every game since.

With Hartman now on the shelf with an MCL injury, Sala wants to make the most of his second shot at New England, so expect him to be at the top of his game come Wednesday night.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm …”

19 — Number of games FC Dallas had gone without allowing multiple goals before NewYork netted two in last Thursday night’s draw. Expect the FCD defense to be especially tough this week and ready to re-establish themselves as one of the top units in MLS.

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