MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. New England Revolution

Venue: Toyota Stadium –Saturday, July 4 – 21:00 ET (Sunday, July 5 – 02:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Dallas 1/1 – Draw 13/5 – New England Revolution 5/2

Match Preview

FC Dallas host New England Revolution on Saturday night as they look to pick themselves up after their midweek trouncing at the hands of Sporting Kansas City.

Dallas were thumped 6-2 by SKC in the US Open Cup – a result they will want to quickly forget and have a great chance of doing so against a below-par New England Revolution side.

Oscar Pareja’s team won their last regular season game 2-0 against Houston Dynamo. They are sitting in sixth place in the Western Conference.

Fabian Castillo has been in good form and the Dallas faithful will be hoping he can push the side to another home victory. Dallas have lost just once at Toyota Stadium so far this campaign and it is becoming a fortress.

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New England Revolution are sitting sitting second in the Eastern Conference despite their poor run of form but they must turn things around.

The Revs have lost their last three games on the bounce and have just one win in their last ten Major League Soccer outings.

They come into this one off the back of their 2-1 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps which saw Andrew Farrell dismissed.

Jay Heaps will be disappointed that his side have lost their last three games by the same scoreline, 2-1, and the chasing pack are edging closer to the Revs, who are ahead of three sides by just one point.

New England are now eleven points behind leaders DC United and closing that gap already looks like an impossible task.

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Team News

FC Dallas could possibly be without Rolando Escobar. Victor Ulloa and Atiba Harris are both one yellow card away from a suspension.

New England Revolution will be missing Jermaine Jones and Darrius Barnes. Andrew Farrell is suspended, while London Woodberry and Teal Bunbury are both one yellow away from suspension.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: L/D/L/D/W

New England Revolution’s last five: L/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: FC Dallas are unbeaten in nine of their last ten home Major League Soccer outings.

Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The easy choice but for obvious reasons, the forward has netted six times so far this campaign and possesses the ability to unlock any defence.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-1 New England Revolution – Another loss for New England which they cannot afford against a Dallas side who will see this as a chance to build on their last regular season win.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Friday, May 15th – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: FC Dallas 5/4 – Draw 12/5 – New York Red Bulls 21/10

Match Preview

FC Dallas host New York Red Bulls on Friday evening at Toyota Stadium in what could be the game of the weekend.

Dallas have lost just twice this season and are level on points with Vancouver Whitecaps at the top of the Western Conference, but do have a game in hand.

Oscar Pareja’s side have won back-to-back games after their 2-1 win against LA Galaxy last weekend and will be hoping for much of the same this time out against a tough Red Bulls side.

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FCD have lost their last two against the Red Bulls and this is a huge game for both sides. Whoever can come out on top will be filled with confidence going forward as both are expected to make a real charge in the playoffs this season.

New York Red Bulls have lost just one game this season and are sitting third in the Eastern Conference. Jesse Marsch’s side came out on top in the New York derby last weekend and ended a three game streak without a win against NYCFC.

Bradley Wright-Phillips grabbed himself both of his side’s goals in the derby and now has five for the season. He has started the season well but has to keep banging in the goals to show he can be the Red Bulls main man.

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Wright-Phillips’ partnership with Lloyd Sam is going from strength to strength with each passing game and they will be looking to cause the Dallas defence all sorts of problems on Friday.

While Dallas will look to Fabian Castillo to continue his fine campaign. The Colombian winger has four goals and five assists so far and has been mighty impressive.

Team News

FC Dallas have four injury concerns ahead of the game as Coy Craft, Stephen Keel, Zach Loyd and Matt Hedges all look set to be sidelined for this one. Other than that Pareja has no suspensions to worry about and could possibly opt for the same lineup that impressed against LA Galaxy last weekend.

New York Red Bulls are without Sal Zizzo for a few months as he recovers from a broken leg. Ronald Zubar’s fitness continues to be a concern and he could well sit this one out. Marsch will also be missing Matt Miazga, who is ruled out through suspension and has travelled to the U20 World Cup.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: L/W/D/W/W

New York Red Bulls last five: W/D/D/L/W

Key Stat: Away – This is Dallas’ last home game before five consecutive away games on the bounce and so they will need a positive result.

Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian winger has been in inspired form. He has shown this season he can be the key to unlocking the toughest of backlines and could prove the difference here.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-1 New York Red Bulls – Dallas to take all three points in a tight affair and win their third on the bounce. The Red Bulls lost their last road trip in New England and another loss could be on the cards here.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas

Competition: Major League Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas 

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Friday, April 24th – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)

Match Odds: Colorado Rapids 7/5 – Draw 12/5 – FC Dallas 9/5

Match Preview

Colorado Rapids entertain FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is the reverse fixture of their staggering 4-0 away win just two weeks ago.

That win in Dallas was the Rapids’ first and only win of the season so far and was a scoreline nobody saw coming. They were brought back down to earth last weekend though with a 3-1 home loss to Seattle Sounders.

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Dallas ended their two-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Toronto last weekend and head coach Oscar Pareja will not be expecting a repeat of that performance from two weeks ago in this one.

The Rapids sit at the foot of the Western Conference on six points, while Dallas are flying high in second, but the visitors will want to force their way to the top of the table as soon as possible and will be looking for all three points in Colorado this week.

Blas Perez is joint-second highest goalscorer in the league so he will be expecting to find the net but it will be a tough task against a fairly tight defensive unit.

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Pablo Mastroeni will know his side will be hard pushed to repeat their heroics from Toyota Stadium but will know his team have the upper-hand mentally and he desperately needs to get his side going to avoid falling further adrift at the bottom of the table.

Team News

Colorado Rapids have three injury concerns as Sam Cronin, Marc Burch and Dominique Badji could all be set to miss this one. Gabriel Torres played a key role in the 4-0 win, scoring once and assisting Dillon Serna, so Mastroeni will be hoping he can reproduce that display.

FC Dallas also have three concerns as Coy Craft, Stephen Keel and Dan Kennedy are all struggling with injuries. Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo have seven goals combined this season and their partnership could prove to be vital if they are to go all the way this season.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ last five: D/D/L/W/D

FC Dallas’ last five: W/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: Colorado Rapids’ only win of the season was against FC Dallas two weeks ago.

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Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian speedster has been impressive so far this campaign and can unnerve the calmest of defenders with his trickery and pace.

Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 1-2 FC Dallas – Dallas will be hard pushed for a win here, but we can expect them to find a result and avoid another shocking day at the office.

MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Toronto

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, April 18th – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)

Match Odds: FC Dallas 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Toronto 18/5

Match Preview

FC Dallas host Toronto FC on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium as they look to keep up the pressure on Vancouver Whitecaps at the top of the Western Conference.

Dallas started the season in fine form but now haven’t won in three games and Oscar Pareja needs to get his side back to winning ways.

Last week Dallas suffered a shock 4-0 defeat to lowly Colorado Rapids, which nobody would have predicted, and if they do not get back to winning ways this weekend it will be another dent in the Dallas players’ confidence.

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Toronto have lost their last three games on the bounce after their opening weekend win at Vancouver and sit ninth in the Eastern Conference.

Greg Vanney’s side have been a little unlucky with their last two losses, but they’re leaking goals and Dallas will be looking to exploit their backline on Saturday.

Summer signing, Sebastian Giovinco, has netted just the once so far this campaign and the Toronto faithful will be hoping he can settle in and start to deliver the goods to get them out of this slump.

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Both team will expect to make the playoffs come the end of the season and both need a win here to try and kickstart a run of form so it’s all to play for.

Team News

FC Dallas have four injury concerns as Coy Craft, Stephen Keel, Dan Kennedy and Mauro Diaz could all miss out. Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo can reignite Dallas if they can rediscover their form in this game and Toronto will need to be aware of the threat Tesho Akindele possesses.

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Toronto could be without five players as Steven Caldwell, Damien Perquis, Mark Bloom, Eriq Zavaleta and Clement Simonin are all recovering from injuries. Warren Creavalle will also be absent as he is suspended. Michael Bradley featured in the USA’s 2-0 win over Mexico on Wednesday night so he may well be a little heavy-legged towards the end of the game providing he starts.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ form: W/W/D/L/L

Toronto’s form: W/L/L/L

Key Stat: Dallas haven’t lost to Toronto since 2011 and given the Reds’ recent form, that run may well be extended beyond this weekend.

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Key Player: Blas Perez – The Dallas forward has the ability to get his side back on track if he is supplied with the service and his performance will be key.

Score Prediction

FC Dallas 1-1 Toronto – Both sides will be hoping they can end their barren run, but given neither has won in their last three we could see a tense and cagey affair. Nothing is certain however, as we saw last weekend with the Dallas score and Toronto would love to produce a similar performance to that of Colorado’s last Friday here.

MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer –  FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids 

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Friday, April 10th – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: FC Dallas 4/6 – Draw 11/4 – Colorado Rapids 4/1

Match Preview

FC Dallas entertain Colorado Rapids at Toyota Stadium in this week’s Friday night game as teams at opposite ends of the Western Conference go head-to-head.

FC Dallas have enjoyed a great start to the season, sitting second in the Supporters’ Shield standings on ten points from their opening five games. They have lost only once so far and have to fancy their chances of another three points at home in this one.

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By contrast, Colorado Rapids have drawn three of their first four games and need to get that important first win of the season to get them off the foot of the Western Conference.

Dallas suffered a disappointing loss to the Portland Timbers last weekend and will be keen to get back to winning ways after two without a win now. The draw against Seattle Sounders isn’t a bad result but given their opening three wins, Oscar Pareja will be hoping for better this time out.

The worrying thing for Rapids coach, Pablo Mastroeni, is that his side haven’t actually scored a goal this season and that needs to change quickly to avoid it becoming a mental issue for his players.

The Colorado head coach won’t be able to direct his players from the touchline in this one though as he will serve a one-game suspension for the red card he received last weekend.

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Blas Perez has an impressive three in his first four games and will hope he can add to his tally against a Rapids backline that didn’t look as solid in last week’s defeat to New England.

Dallas won all three of last season’s meetings against Colorado and have won their last four home games against the Rapids and everything is point towards that becoming five in a row on Friday.

Team News

FC Dallas have four injury concerns as Coy Craft, Stephen Keel, Dan Kennedy and Mauro Diaz could all be set to sit this one out. Dallas will be looking to their in-form forwards, Blas Perez, Fabian Castillo and Tesho Akindele to all continue to shine, having scored six between them so far this season.

Colorado Rapids could be without five as Carlos Alvarez, Drew Moor and Sam Cronin are all set to miss out through injury. Axel Sjoberg and Marc Burch are doubtful but will be pushing for a place in the squad. A goal from anywhere on the field is what the Rapids need, just to get off the mark for the season will be a huge relief.

Key Points

FC Dallas form: W/W/W/D/L

Colorado Rapids form: D/D/D/L

Key Stat: Goalless – The Rapids haven’t found the net in 10 hours of MLS action now and need to turn things around quickly after equalling a league record of 18 consecutive games without a win.

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Key Player: Blas Perez – The Dallas forward is in fine form and will surely continue his goalscoring form in this one.

Score Prediction

FC Dallas 3-1 Colorado Rapids – Rapids off the mark but not able to stop Dallas getting back to winning ways in what should be a largely one-sided affair.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs FC Dallas

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs FC Dallas

Venue: PPL Park – Saturday, March 21 – 16:00 ET (20:00 GMT )

Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – FC Dallas 12/5

Match Preview

Philadelphia Union take on FC Dallas at PPL Park on Saturday in gameweek three of the 2015 MLS season. 

The game was originally scheduled for Friday evening but was postponed due to snow, so will now be played on Saturday instead.

Philadelphia Union have drawn their first two games, although only a late Alvaro Saborio penalty narrowly denied the Union of their first win of the 2015 campaign in last weekend’s trip to Real Salt Lake, which ended 3-3 after a pulsating game.

FC Dallas are currently top of the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings and as the only team that has won their first two games of the 2015 season, they will be full of confidence.

Philadelphia Head Coach Jim Curtin will probably see last weekend’s draw with RSL as a more positive result than the opening day 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids, but this game should be the toughest test so far and will provide a good marker of where the Union currently are.

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FC Dallas are a strong side, so if Philadelphia can secure all three points then it shows that they need to be taken seriously, although the Union haven’t won any of their last four home games in MLS, so they’ll need to break that trend.

Dallas edged a 1-0 victory on the first day of the season thanks to an injury time winner from Blas Perez against San Jose Earthquakes and then sealed an impressive 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City at the Toyota Stadium last time out.

The trip to PPL Park will mark the first game on the road for head coach Oscar Pareja and his Dallas side who will be looking to continue their 100% winning record in 2015 by making it three out of three.

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Philadelphia have never beaten Dallas in eight attempts in all competitions (D5, L3), so they will be making history if they can secure a win on Friday night.

The last game between these two sides was a 1-1 draw in the US Open Cup in August 2014. FC Dallas came out on top in the last MLS clash with a 2-1 win in July 2014.

Despite the home advantage, Philadelphia Union will probably be seen as slight underdogs against a Dallas side that have made an extremely impressive start to the new campaign.

Team News

Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake is out with a knee injury and forward C. J. Sapong is also unlikely to feature as he has a fractured cheekbone. Midfielder Danny Cruz is suffering with a hamstring strain and missed the game with Real Salt Lake, so he may not be available.

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FC Dallas will be without defender Stephen Keel who is out with a foot injury. Dallas are likely to remain unchanged from the lineup that beat SKC last weekend.

Key Points

Philadelphia Union’s form: D/D

FC Dallas’s form: W/W 

Key Stat: There have been four red cards in seven MLS meetings between these two sides, so we could be in for a feisty encounter.

Key Player: Blas Perez – The experienced forward has notched three goals in his first two games of the 2015 season and he’s hit the ground running. Philadelphia have got a job on their hands to stop the 34-year-old.

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Score Prediction

Philadelphia Union 1-2 FC Dallas – FC Dallas have enjoyed the perfect start to the season and Philadelphia will make life difficult for them, but the visitors should just about edge this one.

MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, March 7 – 20:30 ET (01:30 GMT – Sunday, 8)

Match Odds: FC Dallas 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – San Jose Earthquakes 3/1

Match Preview

FC Dallas entertain San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday in both sides’ opening game of the new 2015 Major League Soccer season.

Dallas ended their 2014 campaign in disappointment, being knocked out of the playoffs on away goals by Seattle Sounders, while the San Jose Earthquakes will be looking to end their horror run of 15 MLS games without a win as they start the new campaign with a clean slate.

Both sides have undergone some changes to the squad. Dallas have made changes in the hope of an improved season in the push for glory in the playoffs this time around, while the Earthquakes have had a rejig to freshen things up and try to put their nightmare run to an end.

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FC Dallas have bought in six new faces, including; Otis Earle, Kyle Bekker and Dan Kennedy and shipped out 12 players this offseason. Head coach Oscar Pareja will be hoping his side can bond quickly as they will need to get off the mark with the best possible start, as home advantage is an important factor for the opening game of any season.

San Jose Earthquakes nine signings this winter include the likes of Marvell Wynne, Innocent Emeghara and Paulo Renato, while 11 players have departed. Dominic Kinnear’s side need to hit the ground running too, as the longer they go without a win the more the streak will impact their mentality.

Confidence will be key for the surviving Quakes players out of last season’s roster. New faces in the dressing room should lift spirits and those new names could be key to avoiding sitting at the foot of the Western Conference again.

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Both sides should be feeling good ahead of the tie, with both teams winning four of their preseason games. San Jose will be in fine spirits after beating eventual playoff winners LA Galaxy last weekend, so there are lots of positives heading into the new season.

The San Jose Earthquakes’ away form was woeful last term and their last away win was in fact against FC Dallas, so they can take that positive into the tie. Dallas will be looking to avoid falling victim to the Quakes to avoid giving them their first away win in MLS in 12 attempts.

Team News

FC Dallas have the luxury of a fully fit squad. Match fitness shouldn’t be too far from ideal, but as we know there is a huge difference in the pace of preseason games in comparison to competitive fixtures.

San Jose Earthquakes will be without Mark Sherrod and Steven Lenhart (both knee), new signing Innocent Emeghara (shoulder), Clarence Goodson (foot) and Jordan Stewart (calf) could also miss out for the away side and are all doubts for the game.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ form: N/A

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: N/A

Key Stat: The Quakes’ last away win in MLS came at FC Dallas last May and they have not won their past 12 on the road. A lot has changed since that away victory in Texas last season but a repeat victory could be on the cards.

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Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian speedster notched ten goals in 27 regular season games last campaign, which saw him earn a bumper five-year contract this offseason. Dallas will be hoping his input can push them into the playoffs again and he will look to start the season with a goal as he did last year, netting the sides’ first goal of the 2014 campaign.

Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes – FC Dallas began last season with a home win and need a repeat of that to get them moving in the right direction for the playoffs early on in the season. Given how tight the Western Conference looks set to be this year, it is essential to rack up points early and not be chasing the playoff pack. The Earthquakes are looking much better for the new season but this game might be too tough a test.

MLS 2015 Season Preview: FC Dallas

In the build up to the new season we’ll have a new MLS 2015 Season Preview up everyday. Today we take a look at what FC Dallas will be looking to achieve this year. 

Last season saw FC Dallas record their highest points total ever as they picked up 54 points and advanced to the MLS Playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Head coach Oscar Pareja has his team well drilled and supporters will be expecting the team to progress even more this year. Not too many changes to the squad have been made and Dallas are in a perfect position to pick up where they left off.

Last season’s finish: Western Conference position: 4th – P34 – W16 – D6 – L12

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What needs to change this year?

FC Dallas need to find a solid level of consistency throughout the campaign this season. Last year they went through a poor spell without a win in eight but also managed to go unbeaten through ten games after that. Finding a performance level that allows them to continuously put points on the board is what Pareja has to do. The Hoops could improve their away form too as they only won four games on the road in 2014.

Scoring goals wasn’t a problem last year and it shouldn’t be this year either despite the fact Dallas have yet to add any attacking players to the roster. The club will expect to make the playoffs once again and will hope to advance further than they did last term. They were unfortunate against the Seattle Sounders as they were knocked out on away goals in the Western Conference semi-final.

Key changes to the squad:

Ins: Alex Zendejas – Midfielder, Dan Kennedy – Goalkeeper, Atiba Harris – Midfielder, Otis Earle – Defender, Kyle Bekker – Midfielder

Outs: Jair Benitez – Defender, Andres Escobar – Midfielder, Raul Fernandez – Goalkeeper, Hendry Thomas – Midfielder, George John – Defender

Key player: Fabian Castillo – Winger

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The pacey Colombian scored ten goals in 27 regular season appearances last year and seemed to improve with each week. He has just put pen to paper on a huge five-year contract and is a player capable of firing Dallas into the playoffs almost single-handedly.

One to watch: Otis Earle – Defender

The young Englishman was selected in the first round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and will hope to make an immediate impact in Major League Soccer. Otis Earle should step in as Jair Benitez’s replacement at left-back and could form a strong partnership with Castillo down the left flank for Dallas.

Predicted finish: Western Conference – 4th

FC Dallas will expect to build on last year’s record points tally but will do well to finish as high in a fiercely competitive Western Conference. Another fourth-placed finish in 2015 would be an achievement for Dallas though they would hope to go further in the playoffs.

What are you expecting to see from FC Dallas in 2015?