It’s time again for the Beef and Broccoli Bowl.
5th in the West FC Dallas (26 points, 7-6-5) travels to Austin to take on the 12th in the West Groots (19 points, 5-8-4) at 8:30 pm at Q2 Stadium. The kickoff is a time change, slid back an hour due to the heat.
Austin is 3-3-3 at home to FCD’s 2-4-3 so in that Dallas on the road context they are just 1 win better than FCD. Austin has also lost consecutive matches.
This is an official Copa Tejas match if you are into that.
TV: Season Pass on Apple TV. Chris Wittyngham and Lori Lindsey will be on the Apple TV broadcast in English. Oscar Salazar and Carlos Ruiz provide Spanish commentary.
English Radio: 1190 AM and the FC Dallas App. Owen Newkirk and Steve Davis.
Spanish Radio: 1270 AM TUDN. Carlos Alvarado and Rafa Calderon.
MLS Injury/Player Availability Report
I can’t believe it, but this is actually getting worse.
Let’s run the list of who is out.
OUT: Tarik Scott (season-ending injury)
OUT: Paul Arriola (quad)
OUT: Paxton Pomykal (quad)
OUT: Tsiki Ntsabeleng (Knee sprain)
OUT: Ema Twumasi (ankle)
OUT: Jesús Jiménez (ankle)
OUT: Jesus Ferreira (international duty),
OUT: Jader Obrian (Yellow card suspension)
QUESTIONABLE: Sebastian Lletget (quad)
QUESTIONABLE: José Martínez (knock)
QUESTIONABLE: Bernard Kamungo (international duty)
OUT: Žan Kolmanič (R ACL)
OUT: Leo Väisänen (R LCL)
OUT: Alex Ring (R groin)
SUSPENSION AFTER NEXT YELLOW:
FCD: Paxton Pomykal
AUS: Daniel Pereira
FCD Lineup Prediction
The above list is mind-boggling. Coach Nico Estevez is going to earn those big bucks in this one.
Maarten Paes in goal, that’s easy. With Martinez having a knock and Twumasi out, the back four is then easy with Marco Farfan, Nkosi Tafari, Sebas Ibeagha, and Geovane Jesus.
Let’s continue with the 4-4-2 mostly because of the midfield CM pair of Facundo Quignon and Edwin Cerrillo. The wide pair is harder. Sam Junqua will need to play left because Alan Velasco will be at forward. I’ve got Herbert Endeley at right mid with Bernard Kamungo coming off travel to Tanzania and back.
That leaves Jose Mulato as the 9.
The bench is thinnnnnnnn…
Collin Smith (recalled again)
Sebastian Lletget (questionable but he trained all week)
Jose Martinez (questionable didn’t train Monday so don’t expect him)
Bernard Kamungo (questionable travel)
Antonio Carrera (might as well)
Eugene Ansah doesn’t have his P1 visa yet and the MLS window doesn’t open until July 5th. Justin Che and Dante Sealy are officially on loan until the end of the month even though Sealy is back in FCD training. Che’s whereabouts are unknown even though his German club said he was going “back to Dallas” after the U20s.
MLS Kit Assignments
The Trees will be green and FC Dallas will be in solid white.
Other Game Info
- FCD record: 7-6-5 (26 points – 5th in West)
- ATX record: 5-8-4 (19 points – 12th in West)
- FCD vs. ATX all-time: 4-0-2 (13 goals scored, 7 goals conceded)
- FCD vs. ATX away: 2-0-1 (8 goals scored, 5 goals conceded)
FC Dallas earned 11 points in the month of May with a 3-2-2 record and remain winless in June (0-2-0)
FC Dallas is unbeaten in games this season when scoring first (4-0-3) and 2-0-0 when leading at halftime.
The last time FC Dallas was awarded a penalty kick was March 12, 2022.
Dallas is 4-0-2 all-time during the regular season against Austin and 2-0-1 (8 GF, 5 GA) at Q2 Stadium.
Jesús Ferreira has scored five goals in seven career games against Austin FC the most by any opponent. Too bad he’s not here.
Maarten Paes ranks No. 3 in MLS for save percentage (79.4) and No. 8 in goals against average (1.00).
In the 68 games after Sebastián Driussi’s arrival, Austin FC is averaging 1.53 goals per game.
Austin FC has sold out 45 consecutive MLS home matches, the league’s longest active streak. Their average attendance is 20,738.
Diego Fagundez is one of only 13 players in MLS history with at least 60 goals and 60 assists.
At 18 years and 72 days old, Owen Wolff is the youngest player in MLS to score this season.
ALL-TIME MLS ROAD WINS
- LA Galaxy 138
- New York Red Bulls 125
- Sporting Kansas City 123
- D.C. United 119
- Columbus 118
- FC Dallas 116
50 MLS APPEARANCES AND STARTS
Maarten Paes 46
100 MLS STARTS
Marco Farfan 92
200 MLS APPEARANCES
Sebastian Lletget 197