FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake – lineup prediction and game info

11th in the West FC Dallas (35 points, 9-10-8) travels to Utah to take on 6th in the West Real Salt Lake (40 points, 11-10-7) at America First Field. The game broadcast begins at 8:30 CT.

Win the two games in hand and FCD will be fine. But they gotta win ’em. Time is running out.

Broadcast Info

TV: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.
English: Max Bretos and Brian Dunseth
Spanish: Rodolfo Landeros and Martin Zuniga

English Radio: iHeartMedia 1190 AM and the FC Dallas App.  Owen Newkirk and Steve Davis.

Spanish Radio: 1270 AM Carlos Alvarado and Rafa Calderon.

FCD Lineup Prediction

I am fighting with a couple of things in this projection. First, there was no training for me to watch. Second, the 7 games in 22 overload will lead to some roster load management. And third, the re-birth of injuries.

But let’s give it a shot anyway.

FCD on the road likes to play a mid to low block and then transition. They want to kill the game and go for it late. So I’m making a couple of calls based on that. Like Liam Fraser into the midfield instead of Asier Illarramendi. This will protect Old Man Asier from burnout and play into the FCD block.

With Paul Arriola having back spasms last game and FCD looking to sit deeper and transition I am putting him on the bench for this one. Eugene Ansah comes in and Jader Obrian shifts to the right.

Ema Twumasi came off the bench last game so I am rotating him in at RB for his generally strong defense. Also, if the CB rotations follow form, Nkosi Tafari should be back in with Jose Martinez on the bench.

My prediction is for the usual FC Dallas 4-3-3 but it’s going to look like a 4-5-1 for much of the game.

3rd Degree's FC Dallas XI prediction at RSL on Sept 20, 2023.
3rd Degree’s FC Dallas XI prediction at RSL on Sept 20, 2023.

Bench Prediction
Jimmy Maurer
Sam Junqua
Tsiki Ntsabeleng
Asier Illarramendi
Dante Sealy
Jesus Jimenez
Herbert Endeley
Jose Martinez
Nolan Norris

MLS Injury/Player Availability Report

FC Dallas 

OUT: Tarik Scott (season-ending injury)
OUT: Alan Velasco (right calf)
OUT: Bernard Kamungo (right shoulder)
OUT: Geovane Jesus (right knee season-ending)
OUT: Sebastian Lletget (hamstring)


Real Salt Lake

OUT: Erik Holt (shoulder),
OUT: Pablo Ruiz (knee)
SUSPENDED: Brayan Vera (yellow card accumulation)
AT MONARCHS: Moses Nyeman,
AT MONARCHS: Luis Rivera,
AT MONARCHS: Jude Wellings,
AT MONARCHS: Zack Farnsworth
ON LOAN: Jaziel Orozco (Larne FC),
ON LOAN: Ilijah Paul (Larne FC),
ON LOAN: Delentz Pierre (Colorado Springs Switchbacks),
ON LOAN: Julio Benitez (Forward Madison)


MLS Kit Assignments

Since RSL will be in their home red/blue, FC Dallas will be wearing all-white.

MLS kit assignments for FC Dallas at RSL, Sept 20, 2023. (Courtesy MLS)
MLS kit assignments for FC Dallas at RSL, Sept 20, 2023. (Courtesy MLS)


Other Game Info

  • FCD record: 9-10-8 (35 points – 11th in West)
  • RSL record: 11-10-7 (40 points – 6th in West)
  • FCD vs. RSL all-time: 22-14-11 (69 goals scored, 55 goals conceded)
  • FCD vs. RSL away: 8-12-5 (29 goals scored, 36 goals conceded)

FC Dallas has won just 3 of their last 15 regular season matches. (3-5-7)

RSL has won 5 of their last 7 at home in all comps. Prior to that, they had won just 5 of the previous 18.

RSL at home vs FC Dallas: 12-5-8

FC Dallas has allowed the third-fewest goals in MLS this season (30) and ranks No. 5 in GAA (1.15)

When scoring first FC Dallas is 8-2-4 and 8-2-0 when scoring twice.

FC Dallas is 6-8-0 in games decided by one goal.

The last time FC Dallas was awarded a penalty kick in MLS action was March 12, 2022, a streak of 56 games which is the league record.

Only FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake have not been awarded a penalty kick this season.

Dallas has scored in each of their last 6 games in MLS, scoring 7 goals in that run.

FC Dallas has played on the road 13 times in the league this season, earning 11 points from 39 available (W2 D4 L7).

Jesus Ferreira leads MLS with six game-winning goals and is one away from tying the FC Dallas single-season record (Jeff Cunningham, 2009).

Dallas has a 16-2-2 record in the 20 matches in which Jesus Ferreira has scored since the start of last season.

Jesus Ferreira is one game away from overtaking Victor Ulloa (114) for most starts as an FC Dallas homegrown.

Maarten Paes ranks No. 4 in MLS for save percentage (74.2%) and No. 7 in goals against average (1.04).

FC Dallas All-Time Regular Season Goals

Jason Kreis91247
Kenny Cooper46121
Jesus Ferreira46134


  1. Any idea what the injury on bernard kamungo’s shoulder was? how long he’s out? haven’t seen it anywhere, might have missed it.

    1. Sprained AC joint.
      It’s kind of a open time lineup for return.
      I think upper limit on that kind of injury is 6 weeks from the injury and it’s been two.
      So could be “soon” or maybe a couple more weeks.

  2. Obrian up for YC suspension? Isn’t this his second? Getting paid for cards or goals? Although Sat. goal was nice

    1. He’s got 7 on the season. The 2nd suspension comes on the 8th.
      IN a single season you get a game suspension on the 5th, 8th, 11th, 13th, and then every single yellow after that.

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