3rd in the West FC Dallas (50 points, 13-8-11) travels to Colorado to face 11th in the West Rapids (39 points, 10-13-9) at 2:30 pm at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
TV: UniMás and TUDN in Spanish and Twitter in English.
English Radio: 1190 AM
Spanish Radio: 1270 AM
The big issue is the absence of Paul Arriola (red card) and Alan Velasco (injury). Jader Obrian is an obvious solution on one side.
But on the other, with Bernard Kamungo also out, I’m going to break my rule and change two positions to make a better XI. The obvious one-change move is to start Kalil ElMedkhar at left wing. But I prefer to put Sebastian Lletget at left wing and start someone else in midfield.
Now that someone else would have been Tsiki Ntsabeleng but he’s out with an ankle injury so Brandon Servania it is.
Injuries aside, the one interesting question is center back. Jose Martinez missed the Tigres game (rest of injury?) with Matt Hedges returning to the XI. But Nkosi Tafari has been solid of late starting while Hedges was hurt. So which two of the three start? I went with the most-of-the-season choice of Martinez and Hedges.
So here’s my XI.
That was fun.
MLS Player Availability Report
OUT: Bernard Kamungo (right ankle)
OUT: Tsiki Ntsabeleng (left ankle)
OUT: Alan Velasco (right quad)
OUT: Paul Arriola (red card)
QUESTIONABLE: Franco Jara (left hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE – Jack Price (hamstring)
OUT – Lalas Abubakar (suspension; yellow card accumulation)
OUT – Braian Galvan (R knee)
OUT – Oliver Larraz (R leg)
OUT – Aboubacar Keita (R knee)
OUT – Dantouma Toure (R knee)
OUT – Jackson Travis (core)
MLS Discipline Report
SUSPENSION AFTER NEXT YELLOW:
FC Dallas – Edwin Cerrillo, Ema Twumasi, Alan Velasco
Colorado – Bryan Acosta, Diego Rubio
MLS Kit Assignments
Um… wow. Someone fell asleep assigning this one. Keeper and ref in orange?
REF: Chris Penso
AR1: Jeremy Hanson
AR2: Jeff Hosking
4TH: Malik Badawi
VAR: Rosendo Mendoza
AVAR: Mike Kampmeinert
PENSO REGULAR SEASON
Other Game info
- FCD record: 13-8-11 (50 points – 3rd in West)
- COL record: 10-13-9 (39 points – 14th in West)
- FCD vs. COL all-time: 35-26-18 (120 goals scored, 99 goals conceded)
- FCD vs. COL all-time away: 9-18-11 (46 goals scored, 57 goals conceded)
FC Dallas has lost only 2 of its last 12 MLS matches dating back to mid-July (W6 D4), going unbeaten in the last 4 (W2 D2).
By virtue of Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders losing their matches, FC Dallas clinched its playoff spot with the 1-1 draw vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Sept. 17.
FC Dallas is sixth in the Western Conference (12th in the league) with 46 goals scored and is tied for 14th in the league with 44 assists.
The FC Dallas defense has conceded 35 goals in 31 matches this season, second in the league (first in the Western Conference) with the least amount of goals allowed.
Paxton Pomykal leads the team in duels with 300 total.
Goalkeeper Maarten Paes has registered eight clean sheets (back-to-back shutouts against RSL and LA). He has recorded 81 saves and has kept a 71.7% saves percentage.
Colorado Rapids sit 11th in the West and are eliminated from playoff contention.
The Rapids are unbeaten in seven straight home matches (W4 D3), winning the last two in a row.
Diego Rubio has contributed to at least one goal in each of his last eight home matches (6 goals, 2 assists), scoring in each of his last five.
This season, FC Dallas Homegrowns have played 8,047 minutes and accumulated 126 appearances.
Edwin Cerrillo currently leads the FCD midfield with 917 accurate passes while Paxton Pomykal leads
with 454 accurate forward passes. Cerrillo is also the club’s most accurate passer with 89.5%.
Since 2015, FC Dallas has a 0.866 winning percentage and 91-6-19 when scoring at least two goals.
Diego Rubio is two goals away from tying Conor Casey (16) for most goals in a single-season in Rapids history
50 MLS APPEARANCES
José Martínez — (48)
Nkosi Tafari — (48)
100 MLS STARTS
Jesús Ferreira — (95)
300 MLS STARTS
Matt Hedges — (294)
FCD Single Season Goals Record
FC Dallas All-Time Goals