Major League Soccer: FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls
Toyota Stadium – Saturday, September 2nd – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)
Match Odds: FC Dallas 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – NY Red Bulls 9/4
FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Preview
FC Dallas host the New York Red Bulls in a key battle between two underperforming sides on Saturday night. Over the past two seasons, Dallas and the Red Bulls have won their respective conferences. But this year, they’re facing a battle just to make the top six.
Dallas have finished the past two seasons with 60 points. They need to win eight of their last nine games to match that total again this year. They were expected to lead the West again this season but it’s not gone to plan.
FC Dallas are winless in six and have slid down the West into seventh place ahead of the weekend. They do have games in hand on sides above them but they must put an end to their slump quickly if they are to make the playoffs.
International call-ups have decimated Oscar Pareja’s squad ahead of Saturday’s game, doing little to improve their chances of picking up a first win in seven.
The Red Bulls arrive in a stronger position than the hosts. But only slightly. They come into the weekend with 39 points and sit fifth in the East. They have games in hand over all four sides in front of them but are unlikely to get anywhere near league leaders Toronto.
Jesse Marsch’s side have had an inconsistent season. They posted a 7-8-2 record through the first half of the season. They have won five of their last eight but come into Saturday’s game off the back of two winless outings. A 2-0 loss in Portland was followed by a 1-1 draw to New York City FC last weekend.
This will be the only regular season meeting between the two this season. It’s unclear whether they’ll even have the chance to face off in the playoffs at this stage. But both know they need to go for all three points here.
FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Team News
FC Dallas have a host of regular starters away on international duty. Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges are with the USA. Tesho Akindele is with Canada, Maynor Figueroa is with Honduras and Carlos Gruezo is with Ecuador. Playmaker Mauro Diaz is listed as ‘questionable’ as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
New York Red Bulls remain without Mike Grella, Gideon Baah and Daniel Royer. Aurelien Collin is a doubt as he continue to deal with a heel injury. International call-ups won’t hurt the Red Bulls as much as Dallas. But Kemar Lawrence is away with Jamaica, while Michael Murillo and Fidel Escobar are with Panama. Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Davis and Felipe are all one booking away from suspension and need to watch their step.
FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Key Points
FC Dallas’ last five: L/D/L/D/L
New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/L/W/L/D
Key Stat: FC Dallas haven’t beaten the Red Bulls in five years, losing three of their last four without finding the net in any of those games. Their last win over the Red Bulls came on the opening day of the 2012 season, as they won 2-1 at Toyota Stadium.
Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – It’s difficult to highlight anyone other than BWP as the key man here. He has 14 goals in 24 games this season and won’t have given up on catching top scorer David Villa yet. He will look to close that five-goal gap at Toyota Stadium on Saturday.
FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Prediction
FC Dallas 0-2 New York Red Bulls – FC Dallas are in trouble. They haven’t won in six and are missing key players as a result of international call-ups. The Red Bulls are in better shape but still have work to do to cement a playoff spot. They haven’t lost to Dallas since 2012 and will be looking for their fifth-straight clean sheet against the Texans here.