Here we are, each squad has played 33 matches, and it all comes down to what is being dubbed #DecisionDay. For FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls, they do not have much to lose, except when it comes to the Supporters Shield. With both squads having clinched the one seed in their respective conferences, they need to pick up results against their opponents should they want the shield. Should Dallas win the shield, it will be their first in club history.
FC Dallas opened their season in Frisco against the San Jose Earthquakes, and that is exactly how they will end their regular season on Sunday with a 6 PM synchronized kick-off with the New York Red Bulls and the Chicago Fire.
The first meeting was won by FC Dallas on a very late Blas Perez header, and the clubs met one more time in a scoreless draw in San Jose highlighted by three red cards. The Quakes come to town with a lot on their mind when it comes to playoff implications.
The Earthquakes have to win against a FC Dallas squad which is firing on all cylinders at this moment. They also need help from clubs around them in the standings. Either Sporting Kansas City or Seattle Sounders FC have to lose or draw should the Quakes want into the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
A player that has played a big role in FC Dallas’ success down the stretch is Michael Barrios. The speedy Colombian winger has scored seven goals since the month of July. The defense for FC Dallas has been absolutely stunning as of late as well.
The defense has allowed nine goals over the past ten matches, showing that they can help protect their homegrown keeper behind them, Jesse Gonzalez. Zach Loyd has played a big part, and will have his hands full again with veteran striker Chris Wondolowski this weekend. The two have met plenty of times before however.
These two clubs have met plenty of times before, and are very familiar with each other. Dallas will have to look to execute their now dangerous dual-winger attack against the San Jose back line. The match is Sunday at 6 PM.