Friday, July 13, 2012

"Real Championship" Dallas In Town

I'll take any excuse to use this picture :D

Yes, our favorite MLS Cup losers, FC Dallas, are in town tomorrow night.  As far as I know Daniel "Real Championship" Hernandez will be with them so be sure to give him your love.  Dallas just today traded with Toronto for Designated Player Julian de Guzman so it will be interesting to see if he's with the team tomorrow and if he plays at all.  The tailgate starts at 5pm with kickoff at 7.  For those who can't make it the game is on Altitude.

Injury Report:
OUT: MF Pablo Mastroeni (headache symptoms); DF Anthony Wallace (L Achilles tear)
PROBABLE: FW Conor Casey (R hamstring strain);  FW Omar Cummings (L ankle sprain); MF Jamie Smith (R ACL tear)

Disciplinary Report:
SUSPENDED AFTER NEXT 2 YELLOWS: MF Jaime Castrillon; DF Tyrone Marshall; MF Martin Rivero

No change in the injury report, but after a week's rest you have to figure the three probable players are all available and ready to play.  Dallas has 6 players questionable or worse, including George "Own Goal" John who has been ruled out with concussion symptoms.  Former Rapid Ugo Ihemelu is also out with concussion symptoms so obviously they're in worse shape than we are.  My guess at the starting XI:

Casey - Cummings
Castrillon - Larentowicz - Rivero - Mullan
Zapata - Moor - Wynne - Freeman

Seems fairly obvious, the only question is if Smith gets worked into the starting lineup or not.

Key To Look For: At this point I have to go back to the very basics.  Can the forwards put balls in the net while the defenders keep them out of the net?  Its been the rare game this season when we've accomplished both goals.

Prediction: 3-1 win.  Goals by Casey (twice) and Cummings.  Dallas has the second worse goal differential in the league and I see no reason why the C+C Goal Factory can't take advantage.  Our defense will have one blunder that leads to a goal but Casey and Cummings will feast on the Dallas D.

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