FC Dallas at NYCFC – lineup prediction and game info

Eleventh-place FC Dallas (6-9-8, 26 points) visits fourth-place New York City FC (10-8-4, 34 points) tonight at 6:30 pm CT.

It’s the first and only meeting between the teams this season.

Gameday Social: #NYCvDAL

TV: 6:30PM

DFW: TXA21 (English) and KMPX-29 (Spanish)

Amarillo: My Amarillo TV/KAMR

Lubbock: My Lubbock TV/KMYL

Streaming: 6:30PM on FCDallas.com/Stream

Radio: 6:30PM CT on FCDallas.com/Radio (English) and 1270AM (Spanish)

Buzz’s FC Dallas Lineup Prediction

With such a short turnaround, Coach Luchi Gonzalez will want to make one or two changes. Goach G is also dealing with a few injuries.

WIth Franco Jara hurt, Ricardo Pepi is, even more, a lock to start… as if he wasn’t already right?

The only real change in the front attacking four should be Szabolcs Schön. He should be plenty rested and Jáder Obrian has been sub-par. Bottom line, Schön makes players around him better, Obrain doesn’t.

Even with 3 games in a week, I think Facundo Quignon keeps his spot although if it’s going well he’s a guy who might get subbed out early to help with the 3-game load. Brandon Servania has been excellent of late so I don’t think Bryan Acosta gets that spot back yet.

Ryan Hollingshead is still listed as out so Ema Twumasi will continue at left back – where he was excellent last game – and Justin Che will stay at right back.

With Matt Hedges still improving after his return from injury, combined with the heavy load, I think Nkosi Tafari should step back into the team. Based on what I saw last week, I don’t think Bressan is back involved yet.

Jimmy Maurer traveled with the team and is listed as “questionable,” which means he likely can play, which means he can (and should) start.

Bench Prediction
Bryan Acosta
Edwin Cerrillo
Eddie Munjoma
Kalil ElMedkhar
Matt Hedges
Freddy Vargas
Jader Obrian
Andres Ricaurte

MLS Player Availability Report

FC Dallas

  • OUT: Beni Redžić (ankle sprain)
  • OUT: Johnny Nelson (back surgery)
  • OUT: Bressan (shoulder)
  • OUT: Franco Jara (rib)
  • OUT: Ryan Hollingshead (foot)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Jimmy Maurer (thigh)

New York City FC

  • OUT: Santiago Rodriguez (undisclosed injury)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Heber (knee)


Valentin Castellanos (caution accumulation; through Sept. 15);
Alfredo Morales (red card, through Sept. 15)

NYC: Nicolas Acevedo, James Sands …
DAL: Matt Hedges, Jader Obrian

NYC: Maxime Chanot, Gudmundur Thorarinsson, Alfredo Morales …
DAL: Edwin Cerrillo, Szabolcs Schon, Ema Twumasi


REFEREE: Joseph Dickerson.
AR1 (bench): Claudiu Badea;
AR2 (opposite): Gjovalin Bori;
4th: Ismail Elfath;
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez;
AVAR: Jose da Silva

MLS Kit Assignments

MLS kit assignments for FC Dallas at NYCFC on September 14, 2021. (Courtesy MLS)

More Game Info

Tuesday’s match will take place at Red Bull Arena – home of the New York Redbulls – instead of NYCFC’s Yankee Stadium due to a scheduling conflict. 

FC Dallas has a 1-1-3 (7 goals for, 8 goals against) all-time regular-season record against NYCFC. The club’s all-time away record against NYC is 0-1-1 (3 goals for, 5 goals against).

The club’s leading scorer is Valentin Castellanos with 11 goals and seven assists but he is suspended for this match as is Alfredo Morales.

FC Dallas is 0-4-0 (W-L-T) in matches played on September 14. [How odd.]

FC Dallas is tied for 10th in the league with 33 goals scored, while New York City FC is tied for third with 38 goals scored.

Ricardo Pepi is tied for third in the Golden Boot race with 12 goals scored (3 GWG) and is the highest-scoring American in the league and one of four players with three multi-goal games.

Hungarian winger Szabolcs Schön leads FC Dallas with six assists

FC Dallas is 24th in the league with 37 goals allowed, while the New York City FC is tied for fourth with 24 goals conceded.

FC Dallas defender Nkosi Tafari leads the team (ranks forth in MLS) with 104 clearances, averaging 6.29 clearances per game.

Jimmy Maurer (49)
Ricardo Pepi (46)
Franco Jara (41)

Jimmy Maurer (49)
Bryan Acosta (47)
Bressan (41)

2008Kenny Cooper3018
1999Jason Kreis3218
2009Jeff Cunningham2817
2000Ariel Graziani2415
2006Carlos Ruiz2713
2002Jason Kreis2713
1996Jason Kreis3113
2017Maxi Urruti3212
2004Eddie Johnson2612
1997Dante Washington3012
2021Ricardo Pepi2212

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