FRISCO, Texas- In the penultimate match of the regular season, FC Dallas is on the road in Colorado to face the Rapids with hopes of clinching a playoff spot tonight. Let's dive into today's Lineup Notes, presented by UnitedHealthCare.
JESUS TAKES CONTROL IN THE MIDFIELD
Jesus Ferreira is back at the top of the midfield this week in the number 10 position. Paxton Pomykal and Bryan Acosta will play a bit deeper, which supports the idea that the team will want to keep constant pressure on Colorado.
STRIKING TRIO STAYS UP TOP
Once again we see Zdenek Ondrasek, Michael Barrios, and Dominique Badji sit at the top of the formation to begin the match. One of the focuses and development through the final stretch of the season has been to strike first, and pressing consistently throughout the match. The three starting up top have had a cohesive play style, as well as an energy that supports this pressure across the field.
SHUT DOWN THE RAPIDS OFFENSE
Jesse Gonzalez is in goal looking to add another shutout to his season tally. Reto Ziegler, Ryan Hollingshead, Matt Hedges, and Reggie Cannon will need to keep a high line against a Colorado team that likes to get in behind the back line. The team is will need to focus on keeping constant pressure and not giving the Rapids a lot of time to think with the ball.