FC Dallas-Red Bulls Preview
FC Dallas' playoff chances took a hit with a loss last weekend. Getting back on track with a visit to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday may not be easy.
Dallas takes on a Red Bulls club that's looking for its fourth straight win overall and is on a six-game unbeaten streak at home.
Dallas had gone 2-0-1 in three matches coming into its matchup with Colorado last Saturday, but a 2-1 defeat dealt another blow to its hopes of making the postseason. Prior to the three-game unbeaten stretch, the club had gone 11 games without a victory.
"People are in the crunch for the playoffs. Points are very important," coach Schellas Hyndman told the team's official website. "Colorado has been playing very well. They've been getting some good results and we knew we had our hands full. As I said to the boys, our goal these last eight games was to win four. If we keep playing like this, we'll be OK."
Getting a much-needed victory Sunday, however, could prove difficult. Dallas has one win in its last 12 road matches and surging New York (14-9-6) has gone 5-0-1 in its past six at home, allowing one goal in the previous three.
The Red Bulls have notched shutouts in four of their past six at Red Bull Arena, and they're 6-2-2 in their last 10 as they battle for the top in the Eastern Conference.
New York can tie its longest winning streak of the season if it can extend its home unbeaten run against Dallas (10-8-10) to six. The Red Bulls have scored eight goals in the past three games and 10 in four after being shut out in back-to-back contests last month.
The offensive catalyst has been a likely one in the last two games with Thierry Henry scoring in consecutive league matches for the first time this season. The forward netted a first-half goal last Saturday that helped New York to a 2-0 win over Toronto FC.
"You can see the overall attitude of this team has changed, the willingness to jump on board," Red Bulls coach Mike Petke said. "Especially Thierry. It's great to see him score goals two weeks in a row. That's phenomenal.''
Stretching that run to three matches would tie Henry with Giovanni Savarese for second on the Red Bulls all-time goals list with 41. Juan Pablo Angel leads with 58.
Henry has scored in three straight games two other times in his four MLS seasons, including a seven-goal, three-match stretch last year.
There's every reason to believe the attacking success can continue against Dallas, which has allowed 14 goals in its last seven matches. It's the only team without a shutout since the start of August.
These teams last met March 11, 2012, a 2-1 Dallas home win.