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Match Preview: FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire

The Basics

Chicago Fire (7-10-8, 29 pts) vs. FC Dallas (11-2-13, 48 pts) on Saturady, Oct. 2 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

FC Dallas lead Chicago Fire in their all time series 17-10-3. Sides played to a 1-1 draw back on May 27 at Gillette Stadium. FCD is 2-1-0 against the Fire at Pizza Hut Park.

TV info

7:30 PM CT, Fox Soccer Channel

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Game Intro         

The Brimstone Cup rivals square off on Saturday night in Frisco with both teams looking towards the playoffs. The visiting Fire come into this one after a 3-0 win at San Jose on Wednesday, the Earthquakes’ first loss at Buck Shaw Stadium since July 31. FCD last played on Saturday, when they won 3-1 at Kansas City. Dallas’ unbeaten streak has now reached 17 games and they have only tasted defeat at home once in 2010, a 1-0 setback to current Supporters' Shield front runner Los Angeles.          

FC Dallas News         

After playing New England to a 2-2 draw on Sept. 22 and beating the Wizards 3-1 last Saturday, FCD felt pretty good about getting four of the possible six points in a busy week. Starting goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and captain Daniel Hernandez still figure to be out, but Schellas Hyndman’s side could be boosted by the possible return of second-year center back George John, who has missed the last four games with a left hamstring strain. The Hoops will reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007 with a win.          

Chicago Fire News         

Chicago’s win over the Quakes on Wednesday not only kept their dim playoff hopes alive, but it also came on a night where the Fire had a number of firsts. Rookie Steven Kinney scored his first career goal to give the Fire a 1-0 lead 40 minutes in. That tally broke a franchise record for scoring futility that had reached 401 minutes. Freddie Ljungberg added an insurance tally - his first since joining Chicago - in the 72nd while Patrick Nyarko netted his first goal of the season in the 90th minute.           

Heroes and Villains     

Jeff Cunningham vs. the Fire — With his 10th goal of the season in the win over Kansas City, FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham now has 131 goals in his career and is just one shy of tying Jaime Moreno for the all-time lead in MLS history. In 31 games against the Men in Red through his storied career, which includes 26 starts, Cunningham has 19 goals and nine assists. He has scored more goals against the Fire than any other side.        

Stat that makes you go “Hmmm”        

6: That's how many starters FCD were missing from their normal first 11 in last weekend’s win at Kansas City. At least one of those players left mid Brek Shea, who missed the Wizards tilt on suspension for a red card on Sept. 16 against New York, will be back for this weekend’s match. No matter the personnel, FCD has found a way to get points all year.

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