Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. DC United
Venue: Toyota Stadium –Saturday, July 18 – 21:00 ET (Sunday, July 19 – 02:00 BST)
Match Odds: FC Dallas 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – New England Revolution 100/30
Dallas have won their last three on the bounce, including last weekend’s 2-0 victory away against Orlando City.
Oscar Pareja’s side are one of three Western Conference teams who are level on 32 points, but they sit third on goal difference behind Vancouver Whitecaps in second and leaders Seattle Sounders. Dallas have played one game less than their opponents.
Fabian Castillo is in great form but missed out on the chance to score for the fourth game running in the victory over Orlando. The forward has netted seven times so far this campaign.Embed from Getty Images
DC United are leading the Eastern Conference by eight points and look comfortable despite a slight dip in form.
Ben Olsen will be hoping his side can get back to winning ways in this tie as they have lost three in their last six outings and won just twice.
They lost last time out in the away tie at Seattle Sounders in a tight game and can count themselves unlikely to have come away with a 1-0 defeat.
DC will want to keep the cushioning of the eight point lead at the top of the Eastern and must avoid losing back-to-back games to ensure the chasing pack stay out of reach. They are leading the way in the Supporters’ Shield standings by three points, which adds to the occasion as Dallas could potentially draw level on points if they win this one.Embed from Getty Images
FC Dallas have a fully fit squad going into this one but Atiba Harris remains one yellow card away from a suspension.
DC United have seven injury concerns. Eddie Johnson and Bill Hamid are set to miss out while, Michael Farfan, Collin Martin, Sean Franklin, Chris Pontius and Luis Silva are doubtful. Fabian Espindola is suspended and Perry Kitchen is one booking away from a suspension.
FC Dallas’ last five: L/D/W/W/W
DC United’s last five: L/W/W/D/L
Key Stat: DC United have failed to score in five of their last seven away regular season outings.
Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The obvious choice for his attacking flare and recent form.Embed from Getty Images
FC Dallas 2-1 DC United – Dallas to take advantage of a slightly out of form DC side who have struggled on the road at times this season.