FC Dallas-Galaxy Preview
Surging FC Dallas could get a boost if one of its top scorers
can return to the field this weekend. The Los Angeles Galaxy are
hoping to have one of theirs available for the start of a lengthy
Landon Donovan’s status, though, is unknown for the first of Los
Angeles’ four straight MLS home games Sunday against Dallas, which
could get some help from forward Blas Perez during its quest for a
fourth straight win.
FC Dallas (8-11-8) has dealt with injuries for much of its
lackluster campaign but has started to get some momentum thanks in
part to a healthier lineup. The club would have nearly its full
complement of players if Perez returns from a foot injury, suffered
during a World Cup qualifier for Panama in June.
“They say that I’m the missing link, but it’s the coach’s
decision so we’ll see what he says,” he told the team’s official
The forward, who has missed Dallas’ past 12 MLS contests, has
five goals and three assists in 13 games for the club during his
first MLS season. Dallas also signed Argentine striker Matias Jara
on Tuesday but it isn’t clear when he’ll play.
Perez’s return may only bolster an offense that has already
totaled seven goals during Dallas’ three consecutive victories.
David Ferreira scored in stoppage time last Saturday in a 2-1 win
at Real Salt Lake.
That result has FC Dallas on the verge of tying its longest road
win streak in club history. It last won three straight away from
home May 22-June 4, 2005, and is seeking its first four-game
overall win streak since Sept. 26-Oct. 17, 2009.
FC Dallas will try to achieve those feats against the
potentially short-handed Galaxy (11-11-4).
Forward Edson Buddle is still recovering from knee surgery and
is not expected to play Sunday. Los Angeles might also be without
Donovan, who missed a CONCACAF Champions League win Thursday due to
a strained left hamstring.
“There’s a chance that he’ll play,” coach Bruce Arena told the
Galaxy’s official website. “We have to have lineup by 3 p.m. on
Sunday so we’ll try to take advantage of that time as best we
The Galaxy are playing their first league match since an
up-and-down stretch that followed a 1-0 win at Dallas on July
Los Angeles fell 4-0 at Seattle in its first game this month,
but then beat rival Chivas USA 4-0 a week later. In their most
recent MLS match Aug. 15, the Galaxy played to a 1-all draw at
Columbus as Robbie Keane scored the tying goal in the 64th
The Galaxy also played to a 1-all tie with FC Dallas at the Home
Depot Center on April 28. Dallas recorded its most recent road win
over Los Angeles in the 2010 Western Conference finals.
FC Dallas is in sixth place in the West, five points behind Los
Angeles as it chases one of the final playoff spots.