KNOW YOUR ENEMY: FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo | 9.1.18

FRISCO — FC Dallas faces a familiar opponent this week in the Houston Dynamo. The third and final matchup between the two teams will be on Saturday at Toyota Stadium. The first two matches both ended 1-1 draws, with Houston scoring the game-tying goal in each. Both teams are coming off of mid-week games, with FCD falling to the San Jose Earthquakes 4-3 and the Dynamo losing 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls.

Failure to Score

Houston has had trouble finding the back net as of late. It has not scored more than one goal in any of its last eight MLS matches and was shutout in New York on Wednesday. They got Alberth Elis back in the midweek after missing two matches. Elis has nine goals and eight assists on the season and could help create a new spark with the offense.

Key Matchups

Marquinhos Pedroso vs. Alberth Ellis — Ellis has only scored one goal since May 30, but he is still one of Houston's most dangerous weapons. He is the team's leading point-scorer, with nine goals and eight assists on the season. Pedroso is going to have a tough battle going up against him all night.

Michael Barrios vs. Andrew Wenger — Barrios is in top-form right now and scored a goal last time out against the Dynamo. The winger has five goals and three assists across his last six matches, including a helper on Santiago Mosquera's goal Wednesday in San Jose. His pace and pressure on Wenger could create easy chances for the FCD attack. 

Projected Starting XI

Houston Dynamo (4-5-1): Willis; Wenger, Fuenmayor, Leonardo, Beasley; Quioto, Ceren, Garcia, Martinez, Elis; Manotas

Keys to Three Points

FCD must be able to defend after scoring - something they didn't do twice in San Jose. In both matches against Houston, Dallas has scored the first goal of the match, but has given it back in the next seven minutes. It must not sit back and relax after the goal, but keep playing its same game and avoid a let down.