Game #9 Preview: Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas

Posted on 14 May 2011 by stoma

After a midweek match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at PPL Park that was simultaneously thrilling, frustrating and a dogged display from the Union, Philadelphia heads back onto the road to face a hot FC Dallas squad that is unbeaten in its last four matches, winning three and drawing one.  The 1-1 Union draw kept them unbeaten at home this season, but they are just 1-2-0 away from home thus far.  Worse, they have tallied only 1 goal on the road, and Danny Mwanga’s 84th minute equalizer against Los Angeles did not exactly give followers of the club a confidence boost in the firepower of the offense. Can the attack have the breakthrough it has been looking for against a Dallas squad that has conceded just 4 goals in 5 home games?

Philadelphia Union (4-2-2) at FC Dallas (4-2-1)
Saturday, May 14, 2011, 8:30PM EST, TCN
Pizza Hut Park, Dallas, TX

FC Dallas Probable Starting XI

_____________________Hartman_____________________

Jackson_________John______________Ihemelu_________Loyd

_____________________Hernandez______________________

Chavez___________Alexander_________Jacobson_________Shea

______________________Castillo_________________________

OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira

(R ankle); DF Jair Benitez (L knee); FW Maykel Galindo (L plantar fascia

strain); FW Milton Rodriguez (IT band syndrome); PROBABLE: MF Bruno

Guarda (R hip flexor strain)

 

Philadelphia Union Probable Starting XI

_____________________Mondragon________________________

Williams___________Califf___________Valdes____________Harvey

_______G. Farfan_______Carroll___________________Nakazawa

_____________________Mwanga___________________________

______________Le Toux_______________Ruiz_________________

OUT: GK Thorne

Holder (concussion); DOUBTFUL: MF Stefani Miglioranzi (R groin strain);

PROBABLE: MF Gabe Farfan (L hamstring strain)

Game Notes:

Following a slow start to the season, bad seemingly went to worse when FC Dallas lost 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira to a broken ankle.   Instead, the team rallied, winning three and drawing once in the 4 games since the injury, the final 3 without Ferreira entirely.  They enter this match with 14 points, equal to those earned by the Union, although in 1 more game played.  This places Dallas in a tie for 3rd place in the Western Conference.

The Union have a significant injury question of their own after goalkeeper and early-season MVP Faryd Mondragon strained his groin late in the match against Los Angeles and gutted it out to stay on the pitch.  The team has made no announcement regarding Mondragon’s availability and he does not appear on the injury report, but do not be surprised if it turns out that the 39 year-old cannot go a mere 3 days after such an injury.  If he cannot, Zac MacMath will make his professional debut.

The Union will be faced with 2 of their former players, Andrew Jacobson and Chris Seitz, now members of FC Dallas.  Jacobson has been playing well, earning himself 6 consecutive starts and registering 1 assist, while Seitz backs up the stalwart Kevin Hartman in goal.

The Union have yet to play a regular season match in 2011 in which either side has scored more than 1 goal.  Philadelphia has won 1-0 four times, lost 1-0 twice and drawn 1-1 twice.

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