Week 19 brings the final games for FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo prior to a two week break (July 6-19) for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Dynamo will resume play on the road when they begin a two-game road trip against Minnesota on the 19th. FC Dallas, on the other hand, will play a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against Sporting Kansas City in Kansas next Tuesday (July 11). Its next MLS regular season match will be on July 22 when they travel to Montreal to play the Impact.
FC Dallas vs. DC United
Toyota Field-Frisco-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, 2017
- DC United, on a terrible run of form that has seen it drop to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, will be playing its fourth consecutive road match in 11 days. Interestingly though, D.C. has only earned three fewer points (18) than they did through the first 18 games of 2016 (21), before picking up 25 points over their last 16 matches to finish fourth in the East.
- Because of injuries and international call-ups, FCD will be missing 4 of its first choice starters, including 3 defenders. This has not seemed to present an issue lately as the team has been able to showcase its depth throughout the roster. Most importantly creative midfielder and difference maker Mauro Diaz is rounding into form for a trophy run when all of the pieces return.
Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact
BBVA Compass Stadium-Houston-7:30 p.m, Wednesday, July 5, 2017
- The Dynamo have scored a boat-load of goals at home this season, leading to a 7-0-2 home record. This run of form will be tested as three key attacking players will be missing on international duty. Leading goal scorer (12) Cubo Torres, who received a surprise call-up to the Mexican Gold Cup squad as an injury replacement, will be available for this match.
- Montreal has never won in Houston (0-5-1). The Impact’s best player Ignacio Piatti is questionable with a groin strain.