LINEUP NOTES: FC Dallas at Minnesota United FC | 9.23.17

MINNEAPOLIS - FC Dallas and Minnesota United FC square off tonight in the second and final meeting of 2017. Let’s dive into Oscar Pareja’s lineup that will look to snap a nine-game winless run.

Forward Thinking

It’s back to the 4-4-2 for FCD as the team looks to get the offense firing once again after being held off the board in back-to-back matches - especially against the most porous defense in MLS this season. Maxi Urruti and Cristian Colman sit atop the formation, while Tesho Akindele replaces Roland Lamah on the left flank with Michael Barrios holding steady on the right.

Homegrown for Homegrown

Midfielder Kellyn Acosta did not travel with the team to Minnesota after re-aggravating a small adductor knock he’s been nursing in recent weeks. He did not train Wednesday or Thursday and was left back in Frisco to prepare for a crucial double-match week against Colorado and Orlando. Victor Ulloa draws his 12th start of the year in Acosta’s place alongside Carlos Gruezo in the defensive midfield.

Defensive Shift

With Matt Hedges serving a yellow card accumulation suspension, Maynor Figueroa will slide back to the middle of the back line alongside Walker Zimmerman. Atiba Harris will get his sixth start at left back this season, his first coming in April’s 2-0 win over Minnesota. Hernan Grana maintains his hold on the right back position.

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