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SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union | 4.6.19

FC DALLAS at PHILADELPHIA UNION

MLS Regular Season, Week 6
April 6, 2019 - 6:30PM
Talen Energy Stadium - Chester, PA
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FRISCO - FC Dallas continues their two-game road swing by heading to the East coast for the first time this season on Saturday evening, where they'll face the Philadelphia Union for the only time in regular season play and for just the 12th time overall. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • FCD record: 3-1-1 (10 pts., T-2nd in West)
  • PHI record: 2-2-1 (7 pts., T-4th in East)
  • FCD vs. PHI all-time: 6-1-4 (20 GF, 11 GA)
  • FCD vs. PHI away: 1-1-3 (8 GF, 8 GA)

CURRENT FORM

  • FC Dallas is flying high on back-to-back wins - one at home and most recently a 4-2 result over Real Salt Lake on the road last weekend. In both matches, Dallas has started five Homegrowns and in Utah, Paxton Pomykal and Jesus Ferreira led the way with three goals and an assist between them. After back-to-back losses to open the season, the Union have turned things around with a draw and consecutive wins in their last three matches. David Accam has led the way for Philly with three of the club's five goals in the last two weeks.

EARLY SUCCESS

  •  Three of the last four meetings between the clubs have come in the opening two months of the season, all three of which have been 2-0 wins for FCD. On March 21, 2015, after a Pennsylvania snow storm forced a 24-hour delay of the match, Tesho Akindele and Ryan Hollingshead propelled the visitors to their only win to date in Philly. A year later on March 6, 2016, the two clubs opened up the season with another 2-0 result for FCD, this time at Toyota Stadium behind Fabian Castillo and Maxi Urruti tallies. Last year, a late April meeting again in Frisco saw Urruti and Mauro Diaz notch a third dos a cero in a four-year span. The lone loss Dallas suffered in the span came at Talen Energy Stadium in August 2017, a 3-1 defeat.

MARCHING INTO APRIL

  • Dating back to 2013, FC Dallas has dominated the opening month of the season with a 19-3-6 overall record (.750 win percentage) after a 3-1-1 start to 2019 under Luchi Gonzalez. Following it up, though, the team has posted an 11-7-8 record (.577) in the month of April from 2013-18. We'll have to see if Gonzalez can keep his early-season momentum full steam ahead, something his predecessors have historically been unable to do. 

LOW ON CHANCES

  •  Philadelphia has allowed the second-fewest shots per match in MLS this season with an average of just 9.2 against over their first five, while giving up just five shots against in each of their two wins coming into Saturday. FCD has averaged near the bottom of the league in shots attempted per match (11.2), but has trended higher in their last two games with 15 and 12, respectively. 

RISING FROM THE DEAD

  • Three of Dallas' five goals against this season have come directly from dead balls, one from a free kick and two from corners. The Union have yet to score from a set piece in 2019 with five coming in the run of play, one on the counter attack and one from the penalty spot. 

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