It’s Do or Die for FC Dallas
With three games left, FC Dallas can make a statement at home tonight against the Colorado Rapids. Will they?
FC Dallas welcomes the Rapids to town this evening for one of the most important matches of the season.
Heck, every match from here on out is one of the most important.
Three points tonight will do a world of wonders for this team as they look to lock down a playoff spot.
But hold on there - the Rapids may be eliminated and fired their head coach, but they have been resurgent lately. They are carrying a desire to be a spoiler into their remaining matches, especially as players fight for spots in 2024. They would be happy with a draw - anything really - as they try to leave the bitter taste of a disappointing campaign behind.
FC Dallas has been lights out defensively - tonight is all about the offense. Can they start scoring again? Will they snatch at their opportunities? Will they rush the final pass when they get into dangerous positions?
Here are my questions for this evening:
Jesus Ferreira is always good for one or two breakaways each match. His decision making hasn’t necessarily been spot on during those moments in recent weeks. Can he clear his head and make the right decision?
What is the best lineup? Alan Velasco and Jesus Ferreira seem like locks, but when both Illaramendi and Quignon are on the field, you wonder if there is enough attacking bite. Do you sit one of them and give Paxton another chance to work his motor out there? When will Sebastian Lletget be ready to go?
Bernard Kamungo might be available after being out with an injury for a few weeks. Do you run him out right away or give him time off the bench? How do you best deploy him, as he was one of the red hot players for Dallas before his injury?
Ema Twumasi played pretty well against Houston. Our one big criticism of him has always been his lack of attacking touch in the final third. Can he turn that on in the nick of time?
What is the lineup of choice for Nico? We saw three in the back against Houston, and while there were moments, a 4-3-3 seems the better option. Right? Or are we not right?
Will the fans show up for a midweek but crucial game?
See you tonight!