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KNOW YOUR ENEMY: San Jose Earthquakes

FRISCO - FC Dallas will look to avenge a last-second draw a month ago as the San Jose Earthquakes visit Frisco on Saturday at 7 p.m. (TXA 21, FCDallas.com). Dallas (5-0-4) remains the only MLS team yet to suffer a loss this season, but has taken a draw in three of their last five matches - including two straight at home. San Jose (4-4-4) is coming off a weekend loss to Colorado, 3-0, and a mid-week draw with Orlando City at home, 1-1. The Quakes scored in the final minute of stoppage time in the first meeting on April 14 to earn a 1-1 draw. Saturday is the final regular season matchup of 2017 between the two sides. 

One-Sided Affair

San Jose rebounded from a stretch of six games without a win from mid-March through late-April with two wins before a loss last week to Colorado. In the last four games for the Quakes before Wednesday though, only one team has scored goals, with two shutout wins (1-0 and 3-0) and two shutout losses (2-0 and 3-0). 

Key Match-Ups

Michael Barrios vs. Kofi Sarkodie: Dallas’ speedy winger is coming off his most dynamic match of the season with five chances created and an assist on the lone goal. Sarkodie was on the receiving end of Colorado’s attacking focus last week, with Shkelzen Gashi scoring twice from the right wing. 

Maxi Urruti vs. Florian Jungwirth: The first-year defender is not only an early-season surprise anchoring the Quakes’ back line, but he’s finding his way onto the offensive side of the ball as well with two goals and two assists by pressing up into the attack and finding Chris Wondolowski in the box. Urruti’s active pressure on defenders will go a long way to keeping the German at bay while also leading the way as FCD’s top scorer.

Last Time Out

(4-4-2): David Bingham; Shaun Francis, Fatai Alashe, Florian Jungwirth, Nick Lima; Jahmir Hyka, Anibal Godoy, Darwin Cerén, Cordell Cato; Marco Ureña, Chris Wondolowski.  

Key to Three Points

After two straight draws at home, Dallas will be looking for a full three-point performance against Quakes side that denied them a trio in the final seconds of the first bout. The FCD attack has continued to produce more chances over each of the last two matches and if they can maintain form, should be able to secure a win in Frisco to kick of a busy week. 

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