Union-FC Dallas Preview
In its first game against the expansion Philadelphia Union, FC
Dallas settled for a draw after allowing a goal deep into stoppage
Since then – and especially lately – Dallas has been very stingy
Dallas looks to continue its strong defensive play and extend
its unbeaten streak to nine games when it hosts the Union on
Leading 1-0 heading into stoppage time in Philadelphia on May
15, it appeared Dallas (6-2-9) would win its third straight game.
The Union kept the pressure on, though, and rookie Danny Mwanga
scored an unassisted goal in the 94th minute just before time
While it was a devastating way to lose two points, it also may
have served as a wakeup call. Since then, Dallas has yielded six
goals in nine games with only two coming after halftime and none
after the 61st minute.
“We have been focused, we’ve been playing as a team and that has
carried over into our next game,” forward Atiba Harris said after
last Saturday’s 1-all draw in Colorado.
Philadelphia (4-9-3) hasn’t been as sound defensively
The Union, 1-2-2 since July 3, lost to Columbus 2-1 on Thursday,
as the Crew’s Steven Lenhart scored his second goal of the game in
the 51st minute. Four of the last five goals Philadelphia has
allowed have come in the second half with three coming after 70
“We need to be sharper in defense as a unit,” midfielder Stefani
Miglioranzi told the Union’s official website. “We have been
dominating games and then allowing limited chances to the other
team and it seems that however many they get they put in.”
Sebastien Le Toux provided Philadelphia’s only offense against
Columbus, scoring on a penalty kick in the third minute of
first-half stoppage time. Le Toux leads the team with nine goals,
and has scored in three straight games.
Dallas managed to keep its unbeaten streak intact last weekend,
despite failing to score. Rapids defender Julien Baudet put the
ball into his own net in the 22nd minute.
Dallas, 4-0-4 since a losing to Los Angeles on May 20, has been
its best at home, outscoring its opponents 5-0 in winning its last
three at Pizza Hut Park.
Philadelphia has been outscored 5-2 in going 0-2-1 in its last
three road games.
Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is expected to start in this
match after resting in Thursday’s 2-all tie against defending UEFA
Champions League winners Inter Milan.
Hartman has allowed one goal or fewer in each of his last 12
games, while posting five shutouts. He made a season-high six saves
against the Union in May.