MLS Preview-Week 14 (Updated)

The Dynamo, fresh off the 5-1 thrashing of Real Salt Lake (RSL), travel to Seattle to face a Seattle Sounders team that lost a 3-0 midweek game in Columbus.  RSL stayed in Texas and now have the pleasure of facing FC Dallas, who are winless in their last four matches.

FC Dallas (FCD) vs. Real Salt Lake (RSL)

Toyota Stadium – Frisco-7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 3, 2017

Record and Standings:

FC Dallas:  5-2-5-20 points (Third place in the Western Conference)

Real Salt Lake:  4-9-2-14 points (Tied for Ninth place in the West)

  • Dallas has now gone 4 games without a victory since they defeated RSL 3-0 in Sandy, Utah on May 6th.  This game will be the last in Frisco before FCD goes out on a three game road trip.  A visit from a weakened RSL side may just be what FCD needs to break out of its slump.  In addition to the full United States National team and U-20 players missing from the Houston game, RSL will lose recently signed winger Jefferson Savarino, who has joined Venezuela for its friendly against the U.S. in Salt Lake City tomorrow night.
  • FCD learned this week that they will need to play without key central defender Walker Zimmerman for the next 4-6 weeks due to an MCL Strain suffered in the draw with the Dynamo Sunday night.  Center back is the one position on the team without significant depth and Zimmerman will be missed, especially since the other central defender, Matt Hedges, has been called into the U.S. camp also.  Head coach Oscar Pareja will be faced with some interesting lineup decisions on Saturday night.

Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo

Century Link Field-Seattle, WA-9:00 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 4, 2017

Record and Standings:

Seattle Sounders:  4-6-4-16 points (Tied for Seventh place in the Western Conference) Home: 3-1-2

Houston Dynamo:  7-5-2-23 points (First in the West)  Away: 0-5-1

  • The short-handed Dynamo travel to Seattle Sunday night to play the Sounders.  This game is another example of why MLS needs to figure out how to break during international breaks like the rest of the world does. DaMarcus Beasley, called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team, will miss his second consecutive match.  It will be no picnic for Seattle either, as due to call ups and an injury to former Dynamo Will Bruin, the Sounders basically have no experienced forwards on their roster.
  • Unfortunately for the Dynamo, South American qualification doesn’t resume until late summer, so Nicholas Lodiero will be present in Seattle this weekend.  Given the Dynamo’s poor road form in general and terrible all-time form in Seattle (0-5-2) specifically, this match will be a challenge regardless of who lines up on top for the Sounders.
  • Tyler Deric’s stunning save on a Kellyn Acosta free-kick last Sunday in Frisco was rightly named the MLS Save of the Week.

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