FC Dallas face yet another big Western Conference foe, as they return to action to face the LA Galaxy on Soccer Sunday in California. FC Dallas will have had over a week off when they hit the field on Sunday.
The last time these two clubs faced was on August 15th in Frisco, a 2-1 Galaxy win. A four minute Robbie Keane brace did the deed. The Galaxy last played in MLS on September 19th, a 3-0 road loss to Real Salt Lake. LA returned on September 23rd in CONCACAF Champions League play against Central FC of Trinidad and Tobago, a 1-1 draw.
FC Dallas also did not fair well on the road in their last outing either. Sporting Kansas City bagged three, two of which were the result of Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber blasted a free kick in and scored from the spot. Dom Dwyer rocketed a shot in to snub the FC Dallas comeback that looked like it could happen after Victor Ulloa scored his first MLS goal.
FC Dallas have been great as of late, their defense has been outstanding and the offense has been building attacks easier. That was no apparent against Sporting Kansas City. That has to be on full display against the Galaxy, who can overpower their opponents should everything be clicking.
The two clubs know each other well, and really do not like each other. The competitiveness will be on full display as Giovani Dos Santos, Robbie Keane, Fabian Castillo and Matt Hedges battle. Watch for the physicality, something that Hedges has done well over the past few matches.
Ezequiel Cirigliano made his debut last weekend, and did not have much of an impact. Should he start again, he will be called upon to make a bigger impact linking the defense to the attack. The counter attack game could prove big for FC Dallas.
This is a very important match for FC Dallas, who will be looking to keep the pressure on the Vancouver Whitecaps for the Supporters Shield race. Dallas face Vancouver twice in the final five matches of the season. Points are at a prime now should Dallas want the Supporters Shield.