April 20, 2018 / 3:40 PM / 9 months ago

Union faces tough task in trip to FC Dallas

FC Dallas will look to remain only one of two teams undefeated in Major League Soccer when it hosts the Philadelphia Union Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.

FC Dallas improved to 2-0-3 following a thrilling 1-0 victory on the road against the New England Revolution last Saturday.

Midfielder Jacori Hayes, the club’s 18th overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, scored the game-winning goal late in the second half.

“It’s a happy moment. I almost cried in the celebration,” Hayes told reporters. “The last 10 minutes of the game felt like forever. I was just happy to get the goal for the team. It’s a very happy moment for me.”

Over the last 10 meetings, FC Dallas has dominated this series, going 5-1-4 against the Union. Meanwhile, FC Dallas is 3-0-7 in its 10 last home games overall dating to last season.

A number of players remain out for FC Dallas: forward Jesus Ferreira (core muscle surgery), midfielders Paxton Pomykal (right knee) and Brandon Servania (compartment syndrome) and defender Maynor Figueroa (right knee).

The Union, who have qualified for the playoffs just twice since joining the league in 2010, are off to a disappointing 1-2-2 start.

In Philadelphia’s last game on Friday, it was outplayed and shut out 2-0 by Orlando City SC at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union are winless in their last three games.

“I think we went into the game too comfortable because the last performance we thought everything was OK, but we did not win the last game,” midfielder Haris Medunjanin told MLSSoccer.com. “Today was the game we needed to win.”

Winning on the road has been difficult for the Union as they are 0-9-4 in their last 13 away from home, the longest winless skid in franchise history.

Philadelphia will play without a pair of key defenders — Fabinho (right knee surgery) and Richie Marquez (sports hernia).

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