PIZZA HUT PARK
7:30 pm CT (FSC; CSN-DC)
A pair of teams who have seen their seasons begin to go the other way in recent weeks come together when D.C. United makes its first trip to face FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park. FCD has struggled more mightily, now without a league win in more than two months, yet still in second place in the Western Conference, doggedly holding on to home-field advantage for the MLS Cup Playoffs. A scant three weeks ago United were riding a four-game winning streak and had the top spot in the East in their sights, but are now back in fourth after three losses in their last four contests.
REFEREE: Mark Geiger. SAR (bench): Thomas Supple; JAR (opposite): C.J. Morgante; 4th: Hilario Grajeda
MLS Career: 10 games; FC/gm: 30.6; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 1; pens: 7
Games involving FC Dallas: P1 W1 L0 T0; FC/gm: 34.0; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 0; pens: 0
Games involving United: P2 W1 L1 T0; FC/gm: 38.0; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 0; pens: 5
INJURY REPORT: FC DALLAS - OUT: MF Richard Mulrooney (R knee surgery); GK Jeff Cassar (R shoulder separation) ... D.C. UNITED - OUT: FW Alecko Eskandarian (concussion); DF David Stokes (ankle surgery); DF Kenny Arena (first metatarsal)
SUSPENDED: DAL: Simo Valakari (21 CP; through Sept. 10) ... DC: Jaime Moreno (through Sept. 10); Ben Olsen (21 CP; through Sept. 10)
WARNINGS: DAL: Ronnie O'Brien (16 CP)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (25 meetings): FC Dallas 14 wins (4 shootout), 47 goals ... United 9 wins (0 shootout), 47 goals ... 2 draws
AT DALLAS: (14 meetings): FC Dallas 10 wins (2 shootout), 30 goals ... United 3 wins (0 shootout), 17 goals ... 1 draw
FC Dallas saw their winless run now stretched to a club-record nine games, allowing two goals in a four-minute span early in the second half in a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night at Pizza Hut Park. FC Dallas still remains in second place in the Western Conference, with 36 points from 24 matches, still a point ahead of third-place Los Angeles Galaxy but now 11 points behind leader San Jose Earthquakes.
D.C. United lost for the third time in four games after a six-game unbeaten run (and four-game winning streak), falling by the only goal to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday evening in Denver. With the loss, United fell back into fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 41 points from 26 matches, now seven points adrift of leader New England Revolution but seven points ahead of fifth-place MetroStars in the race for the final postseason place in the division.