FRISCO - FC Dallas returns home after two weekends away for the penultimate home match of the 2018 regular season against Orlando City SC. With a chance to clinch a home playoff match as a top-four team in the West, let's dissect the lineup Oscar Pareja is dressing for tonight's match.
CHANGES ON THE LEFT
With a playoff spot clinched and four games remaining, Pareja has opted to change up his look on the left side of the field, starting Pablo Aránguiz and Ryan Hollingshead in place of the usual Santiago Mosquera and Marquinhos Pedroso, both of whom are on the bench. Dallas is hoping to create some different sequences on the left wing, having Aránguiz occupy space more centrally as a false winger and hitting Hollingshead on the overlap deeper down the field.
It was Pareja's decision to give Mosquera and Pedroso some time off, trying a different look and getting Aránguiz and Hollingshead some more consistent minutes than their substitute roles of late.
After two straight games on the bench with Cristian Colman starting up top, Dominique Badji returns to the starting lineup for FCD after Colman's season ended with an ACL tear in training this week. Colman's aerial presence and hold-up play on the road proved vital during the two-game swing, but Badji's speed getting in behind defenders plays right into Dallas' mindset when they're at home.
In the 56th minute of tonight's match, Victor Ulloa is set to become just the seventh Homegrown player in MLS history and the first Homegrown in FCD history to reach the 10,000 minutes played mark. With 9,945 minutes to his name since 2011, Ulloa is the longest-tenured player on the Dallas roster.
He's started each of the last 15 matches in the midfield, going the full 90 minutes in his last seven games.