FC Dallas are tied for the fewest losses in MLS with two, but that doesn’t soften the sour feelings over the team’s last match.
FC Dallas aim to bounce back from a 3-0 drubbing to the New York Red Bulls when they visit Minnesota United FC on Friday night.
The Red Bulls were dominant in all areas on Saturday while halting FC Dallas’ unbeaten streak at seven games and win streak at four. The setback leaves FC Dallas (8-2-5, 29 points) three behind first-place Sporting Kansas City, with a game at hand.
Now the goal is to set aside the unpleasant residue and rebound quickly.
“This is such a long season, we’re professionals and we’ve been through this before,” FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead told reporters. “You can’t let one loss get to you, so we put that one behind us a while ago and we’re ready to move forward.”
FC Dallas were shut out for the first time this season in the contest against the Red Bulls but should get chances to reinvigorate the attack against the Loons, who allowed seven goals in back-to-back road setbacks against Sporting KC and the Colorado Rapids.
Minnesota United (5-9-1) are playing at home for the first time since May 26 and have been significantly better at TCF Bank Stadium, going 4-2-1 on the friendly pitch compared to 1-7-0 on the road.
“Home is home,” Loons coach Adrian Heath told reporters. “In this league, it proves to be the place where most teams get their points. We have been competitive at home every game we have played this season. I do not expect anything different this weekend.”
Forward Christian Ramirez leads Minnesota with four goals. Midfielders Miguel Ibarra and Darwin Quintero have three apiece.
However, Ibarra will be forced to sit out the contest after receiving a red card during a fracas between the Loons and Colorado during Saturday’s 3-2 defeat.
The FC Dallas offense is led by midfielder Roland Lamah and forward Maxi Urruti, who each have six goals.
The defense has allowed just 17 goals — third fewest in MLS — but will be without Reto Ziegler. The defender drew a red card for a kick at Kemar Lawrence of the Red Bulls.
The clubs are playing for the third time. They split the first two meetings.
—Field Level Media