Western Conference-leading FC Dallas hasn’t lost at home this season.
That can’t be an encouraging sign for the San Jose Earthquakes, who possess the worst record in the entire league.
The Earthquakes (2-12-7, 13 points) look to pull off a stunning upset as well as halt a 12-match winless stretch when they visit FC Dallas on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
FC Dallas (12-3-6, 42 points) holds a six-point lead over Los Angeles FC in the West and looks to build on its solid 7-0-4 mark on the home pitch.
FC Dallas is coming off a stellar 3-2 road victory over Sporting Kansas City in which forward Michael Barrios scored all three goals. Barrios didn’t have a goal prior to his spectacular performance.
“I know Mikey had to work hard to get those goals,” FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja told reporters. “He’s been playing well, but has not found the net. The game rewarded him. He was disciplined on the job, and at the same time he was very generous with his teammates.”
Only midfielder Roland Lamah (seven goals) and forward Maximiliano Urruti (six) have more goals than Barrios for a team that relies on defense.
FC Dallas has allowed just 25 goals, tied for third-fewest in the league.
Meanwhile, San Jose is looking for its first victory since prevailing 3-1 over Minnesota United on May 12.
The Earthquakes are 0-7-5 in their long winless stretch and have allowed two or more goals on eight occasions during the slide.
San Jose didn’t allow any goals in its last contest but also didn’t score any for the third straight match as it played Real Salt Lake to a draw.
“I think we were a little bit better, but I agree it was an equal game,” Earthquakes coach Mikael Stahre told reporters. “Actually, from my perspective, it was one of the best performances for this season. I think we defended quite compact and solid, and we created enough chances to win this game.
“Of course, I can’t be happy with a tie at home, but I’m quite pleased with the performance in general.”
Forwards Danny Hoesen (10 goals) and Chris Wondolowski (six) lead the Earthquakes’ offense.
Pareja is looking to become the ninth coach in MLS history to record 100 career victories. He earned his first 25 MLS wins with the Colorado Rapids (2012-13) and is 74-43-40 in his five seasons with FC Dallas.
—Field Level Media